The season change has set in, bringing with it cooler weather, shorter days and longer nights. But before the common, unwanted sniffs and sneezes start too, nip them in the bud. Consider treating winter’s niggles naturally and boosting your immune system in the process. Here’s how …
Professor Patrick Bouic, independent researcher for Cape Kingdom Nutraceuticals says it’s easier than most people think, especially since most of his recommendations are kitchen contents – but the trick is to be prepared. “Immune system boosters should be ongoing and going natural is always first prize; it beats supplements hands down. What’s great is that the natural options are endless and they can also be used long-term with no side effects,” he says.
As the globe observes World Health Day – an event organised by the World Health Organisation that aims to shine a spotlight on health and wellbeing, Bouic shares a few simple ideas on how to promote good health naturally and boost the immune system, especially ahead of winter.
GRAB THE GARLIC!
Well-known for its exceptional health properties, garlic should be everyone’s “go-to”. And since it contains the immune-stimulating compound allicin that helps the white blood cells destroy cold and flu viruses, it’s a highly recommended immune system booster. Garlic is also said to stimulate other immune cells, which fight viral, fungal and bacterial infections.
This miracle herb grows only in South Africa and is well-known for its incredible health properties. Consider stocking your pantry with some buchu leaves to make those healing tea infusions in the lead-up to winter. And as a back-up, there’s Cape Kingdom’s authentic range of Buchu Detox teas, packed with a host of beneficial ingredients. This special tea helps the body to flush-out toxins, keeps the digestive system in good form and is considered an excellent immune system booster. Available in a range of blends including: Buchu & Ginger, Buchu & Cinnamon, Buchu and Green Rooibos and Buchu Natural, this warm drink makes the perfect tea tonic.
While it’s not the cure for a common cold, Vitamin C is a protection against immune system deficiencies, prenatal health, eye disease and skin wrinkling. This season, opt for an orange (or two), some pineapple, mango and strawberries too and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the positive effects on your immune system.