How to keep your immune system healthy

Throughout the arctic blast of poor weather, it is important to keep your immune system in good shape.

Immune System

In order to reduce the risk of more chills and infections, there are simple and easy to find natural substances can that we find to protect us – these are known as Immunostimulants.

You may be thinking would it not be ideal to have cough medicine – these are good, but can only keep the illness away for a certain period; furthermore, can be costly you finish and need more.

What are Immunostimulants?

According the National Institute of Cancer, it is defined as a substance that increases the ability of the immune system to fight infection and disease.

There are a number of immunostimulants, which have traditionally been used to help keep your immune healthy during the cold weather and prevent the cold related illnesses.

Foods to beat the colds and give you energy

The following below are the foods, which can help you maintain a healthy immune system:

  • Leafy green vegetables rich in Vitamin C, Iron and Folic Acid
  • Red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables rich in betacarotene that the body can convert into Vitamin A
  • Dark purple fruits such as elderberries and blackcurrants rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Dried fruits rich in Vitamin B6
  • Whole grains rich in Selenium, Zinc and Vitamin E
Broccoli and Leek Soup

Broccoli and leek make a excellent soup

Non-food immunostimulants

Both Garlic and Allicin are other remedies to prevent cold illnesses the other recommended are able easily available. It is important to know that Garlic – is one of the few substances that is helpful in protecting you against all kinds of viruses, bacterial and fungal infections.

As for Allicin, it is both a stabilised extract of garlic and an active component of garlic available in capsules, but is rapidly oxidised on exposure to air, so it cannot be obtained easily from fresh garlic.

For more details and advice, please see some links so you can find out more; note, if you have intolerance to one, there are always alternatives:

Facts on Allicin

For interesting facts on Allicin click here for a article from Very Well Health.  

Echinacea – available as herbal tea bags or tincure

Echinacea Tea

Echinacea Tea (Photo credit: Healthline)

Echinacea has a long history of use by Native American Indians for many ailments. Stimulates the immune system and reduces inflammation. For information on Echinacea click here.

Mushrooms – available in fresh, dried or tablet form


Mushrooms have been used medicinally in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. More recent research is beginning to uncover some of their truly remarkable properties.

Further information visit Dr Mercola on his wisdom on the benefits of mushrooms.

To conclude, keeping your immune system healthy is not costly and you can purchase some of these foods from your local supermarket or health food shops.