Five natural immunity boosters
Written by Ayesha Khan
You’ve just got off a long flight: you’re exhausted, your throat is feeling scratchy, and you know a cold is waiting to spoil your trip. Sound familiar? Here are five immunity-boosting remedies to avoid this all-too-familiar scenario.
Work in tandem with oregano oil ‘weed-whackers’ to ensure that there are plenty of healthy bacteria residing in the gut to boost immunity. Be wary of breakfast bars and dairy products that claim to offer essential probiotics; ask your doctor about a supplement instead.
Has been known to protect against infection, and recent studies have also seen it work against viruses and fungi. Since biting into a clove may not be the best idea (especially if you’re about to sit next to a stranger on a plane for a few hours!), garlic tablets can be found at most health food stores.
Sage extract acts as a natural expectorant, helping to clear out annoying coughs. Pass up chemists’ expectorants (many of which cause drowsiness) for a couple of drops in your tea. Some even use sage extract to fight inflammation due to infections of the larynx and pharynx.
Has been lauded as the great warmer of the system, helping to clear the lungs and sinuses, and helping with ever-important lymphatic drainage. While ginger tea is the obvious choice, ginger supplements abound in health food stores, and there’s also no harm in taking a bite of the root!
Acts as a natural ‘weed killer’ of sorts, killing off overgrowths of harmful bacteria that lead to digestive malaise. Be sure to spread out your doses, taking about 200mg three times a day.