Boost your immune system!

Natural News published an article Top 20 ways to boost your immunity to colds and flu without using vaccines.  Here are my top 10 – I made some changes to the wording and order, taking into consideration other factors such as reducing our carbon footprint.

1.  Get plenty of sleep. Sleep helps repair the immune system.  To help wind down and prepare for sleep, take a shower or bath, brush your teeth, close your eyes, breathe slow and visualize a peaceful, restful place.

2.  Exercise regularly to increase circulation and immunity.

3)  Move your lymph! Rebounders (mini trampolines) are great for this purpose. Jumping rope also works, as does just hopping in place for a few minutes each day. You can also do arm rotations and other simple movements to keep your lymph circulating. Lymph movement is crucial for immunity.

IMG_9085 IMG_90904.  Eat a variety of fresh vegetables such as beets, spinach, kale, parsley, cucumbers.  Eat more ginger, cilantro, rosemary, thyme and other rich spices.  Eat more curry, which is rich in turmeric.  We started juicing once a month and using the pulp in veggie pasta sauce.  My friend Liza posted a video on how to make liver cleanse juice.

5) Boost your trace minerals intake, especially zinc. Both zinc and selenium are hugely important for immune function. Zinc is especially well known for functioning as a shield support against many viral attacks. One of the best ways to boost your trace minerals intake is to switch to a natural sea salt or a high-mineral salt.

6)  Take a vitamin D supplement every day.

7) Get as much sunlight as you can for as late into the year as you can manage. Even getting sunlight on just your face helps produce more vitamin D in your body.

8.  Grow plants to filter the air inside your home.  Check out NASA’s study on plants that clean the air.

9.  Wash your hands more frequently.

10. Laugh more!  Laughter boosts immune function at many levels. It’s good for your body and your mental health.  Watch some comedy movies, or spend some fun time with family and friends.