Various herbs can provide both direct and indirect support to the immune system. Some herbs may stimulate the production of immune cells including; white blood cells, macrophages, and phagocytes which fight viral and bacterial invaders. Other herbs may provide support to major organs like the liver and kidneys, which eliminate toxins from the body. The following are herbs commonly used to strengthen the immune system.
GINGER TURMERIC TEA …
this morning tea keeps my immunity bolstered and digestive and cardiovascular systems humming along efficiently.
Most mornings I make fresh ginger and turmeric tea (I cut several 1/4 inch slices of both roots keeping the skin on), to which I add the fresh juice of a lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper. I might also add in some green tea to the mixture. You could also add a sweetener.
Helpful Herbs & Spices
Astragalus root: Astragalus root can boost your immunity against colds and flu, as well as bacterial and fungal infections.
Ginger: Ginger an anti-inflammatory, this root also has anti-microbial properties, warding off the pathogenic invaders that can cause respiratory infections and digestive discomforts.
Turmeric: Turmeric is revered for its ability to reduce inflammation, detoxify carcinogens out of the body, help, and boosts overall immunity.
Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne Paper helps with respiratory health, cardiovascular support, and cholesterol reduction; it also boosts immunity and protects epithelial tissues, the lining of the respiratory and intestinal tracts that serve as the body's first line of defense against pathogens.
Echinacea: Studies show that when taken at the first sign of viral illness, Echinacea can reduce the length and severity of infections including colds and flu. Like astragalus, it appears to work by increasing the number of immune cells in the body and stimulating production of interferon.
Garlic: A compound in garlic known as allicin has antimicrobial properties, making garlic a potent defender against typhoid, dysentery, and streptococcus bacteria, as well as an antidote to viruses, included colds and flu. In study after study, garlic has proven to reduce both one's risk of contracting a cold and one's recovery time if infected.
Vitamins C & D:
C: Clinical trials showed that those taking vitamin C regularly had a slight reduction in the duration and severity of cold symptoms.
D: Vitamin D bolsters the entire immune system and really helps with respiratory issues.
From My Healthy Kitchen to Yours
FREE PRINTABLE RECIPE CARDS
I make enough to have some readily available all daylong. I encourage you to make this tea and drink it throughout the day. You can download your free recipe cards here.
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