How do I naturally boost the immune system?

Naturally Boost Your Immune System Loula NAtural

How do I naturally boost the immune system?

Inflammation is key to healing and the immune system- it is the way the body puts up barriers to shield off the area needing repair. By allowing the inflammation, heat (fever), pain and swelling to be like a no go area (like when resurfacing a road) you are allowing that area to get what it needs. By ignoring these symptoms and surpressing them with anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories, pain killers, steroids, antibiotics and so many other methods you are prolonging the area the time and resources it needs to heal and return to optimum health. By using natural methods to boost the immune system, you can promote healing and repair of the whole body.

Look to nutrients which support the immune system and all the jobs it needs to do- central to this, of course, are bacteria. Fermented foods are the easiest way to get the body balanced. A man named Antoine Bechamp (who worked alongside Louis Pasteur) discovered tiny organisms he called “microzymas” which are present in all things – animal, vegetable, and mineral, whether living or dead. Depending upon the condition of the host, these microzymas could assume various forms. Bad bacteria and viruses were simply the forms assumed by the microzymas when there was a condition of disease. In a diseased body, the microzymas became pathological bacteria and viruses all in the name of survival. In a healthy body, microzymas formed healthy cells. Fermented foods have a balanced ratio of these microzyma’s which can morph, adapt and transform into what the body needs to regain balance. 

Also read this great article from Lynn Margulis about how Kefir forms in the same manner. There is also this one on multicellularity;

“Single celled micro-organisms are constantly interacting with their neighbours, from individuals of the same species to cells from different domains of life, forming complex biofilm patterns, complex nutritional symbioses, and complex clumps.” (source)

Here is Kefir under the microscope;

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 Sometimes this may mean the body’s inflammatory response will turn on to set up a healing area so that the body is able to find energy, strength and motivation. A common thing I hear is that ‘fermented foods do not agree with me”. This is not true- the body has to sometimes go through upheaval to achieve balance. We are 10-20 times more bacterial cells than human cells. Fermented foods are essential for every age to boost the immune system.

Every human on the planet needs fermented foods in their daily diet. Regardless of age.

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Firstly REDUCE the IMPACT of Stress

Excessive stress (whether mental, physical or emotional) is detrimental to your immune system and therefore your overall health. Stress affects you by drawing away your life blood from the organs to supply the skeletal muscles in the fight or flight mode. Whether you perceive stress or not, stress is a reaction to stimulus, whether that be walking down the road in a city with everything going on around you, to being overworked and underfed in a job situation, to constantly worrying about anything and everything.

Even watching TV is a stressful situation as the constant flicker and movement is incredibly stimulating. In fight or flight (the opposite being the Relaxation response) mode the blood supply is diverted away from your organs to the skeletal muscles. By diverting the blood supply you are taking away nutrients, oxygen and life source away from the cells in your vital organs disrupting the essential environment and processes for cellular health. Any stagnation, mental, physical and emotional will also contribute to this. To boost the immune system we need to have times in the day to return to rest and recovery mode.

Use Breathing techniques (here is my Rainbow Breathing and Simple Meditation from Real Fit Mama)

Visualisation techniques

Gentle exercise like hiking and yoga

Get into nature- grounding

meditation

Massage

Bach Flower Remedies

EFT

Aromatherapy (essential oils)

Get back to REST and RECOVERY everyday for at least 1-5 minutes. Tiny changes can make huge differences.

Nutrients needed to boost the immune system then also help the bacterial levels in your body or will help the body through the various stages of inflammation (heat, swelling, pain and redness (blood circulation).

Immune Boosting Foods

Nutrients that help can naturally help balance bacteria;

Fermented foods (see my book Culture Your Life)

Elderberry

Lavender

Onions,

Garlic,

Raw honey  

Calendula

Super Greens

Spices; Cinnamon, cloves, star anise

Coconut (oil, meat, water)

Jerusalam artichokes

Ginger

Herbs; thyme, rosemary, oregano, coriander, parsley and basil

Protecting nutrients (allow the body to do its job);

Anti-Oxidants (berries, greens, hibiscus, Rose hips, elderberries)

Viamin A

Vitamin C (including citrus fruits)

Hormone Balancers (like blood-sugar balancers-Holy Basil, cinnamon)

Vitamin D

Fats (butter/ghee, coconut oil, nuts/seeds, avocado’s and eggs)

Protein (including gelatin)

Magnesium

Zinc

Ginger (helps to raise the body temperature)

Bone Broths

Herbs; thyme, rosemary, oregano, coriander, parsley and basil

Nutrients that also clean up and restore the area back to normal

Chamomile

Anti-inflammatories (see a whole list here)

Fermented Foods (see my book Culture Your Life)

Epsom salts

Oats

Aloe Vera

Turmeric

Elderberry

Immune Boosting Foods Pin

More Information:

culture your life

5 Reasons to make Kefir

Kefir FAQ

5 Reasons to Brew Kombucha

Spring into HEalth

Inflammation

Heal From Inflammation

Anti-Inflammatory Nutrients

Naturopaths First Aid Kit

What to do when your kids get sick

What to do when you get sick- fever

5 ways Nutrition can change your life

Recipes

Honey and Onion Immune Elixir

Sunshine Shot

Elderberry Cordial

Immune boosting pumpkin pie spices

Lemon, Honey and Ginger Tea

Hibiscus Tea

Orange Peel Powder

How to make your own bone broth

Coconut and ginger chicken soup

Coconut Milk

Lemon, Orange and ginger curd

Healing Body Butter

 Ultimate Kefir Bath Soak

See here also for my fermenting Inspiration Pinterest Board; 

Follow Loula Natural’s board +Loula Natural’s Fermenting Inspiration+ on Pinterest.

check out this post;

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Orange Peel Powder

Orange Peel Powder Loula Natural

Orange Peel Powder

I love keeping orange, mandarin and tangerine peels. I dry them in the dehydrator and I blitz them in my blender to powder. As a natural Vitamin C supplement the peel has numerous benefits. Organic oranges are ideal as oranges do get sprayed and retain a high amount of pesticides. However Organic oranges are hard to come by in Hong Kong so I first soak my peels in a kombucha and water solution to help remove the waxes and chemical residues. 

The Limonene and flavonoids found in orange peel (also grapefruit, lemons and limes) have been seen to have some anti-carcinogenic properties. Especially in Breast and colon cancer cases. The limonene oils may inhibit cancer cell growth. Studies have shown that limonin and limonene can start the enzyme activity  an important detoxifying enzyme called of glutathione S-transferase. This helps as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which blocks the need of the cell to mutate to protect itself. The citric acid in the peel also plays a key role in this.

Orange peels are a natural source of pectin, a natural fiber which may decrease the rise in blood sugar after a meal. Thus being of some benefit to pre and type 2 diabetes. Pectin is also a pre-biotic- helpfully feeding and balancing our bacteria friends so necessary to the body (see Culture Your Life which is all about the benefits of bacteria).

This gives orange peel has antiseptic, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties by helping out the bacterial environment. D-limonene may also be helpful in dissolving kidney stones and  beneficial in eliminating any kidney or urinary tract infections. Especially when the peels have been slightly fermented by the Kombucha in the soaking process. The Kombucha not only removes the chemical residues it may also begin the digestive process by increasing the bioavailability of the nutrients in the peel.

The natural properties in orange peel have also been seen to helpful in lowering cholesterol.

“In a May 2004 “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” article, Canadian researchers and the United States Department of Agriculture reported that isolated compounds from orange and tangerine peels showed promise as a natural alternative for reducing LDL cholesterol without the side effects of mainstream cholesterol drugs.” (source)

They may also help with heartburn. According to a 2007 Alternative Medicine Review article by Jidong Sun, Ph.D., Sun notes that an active ingredient found in the orange peel, d-limonene, possesses the ability to neutralize gastric acid and support normal peristalsis. (source)

 This great powder is so easy to make and I add it to so many things!

Orange peel powder can be added to;

Homemade chocolate (and hot chocolate or chocolate milkshakes)

Homemade fudge

Drinks (it is nice in fizzy water but also in Gin and Tonic!)

Baked Goods like Shortbread, Coconut Cookies, Carrot Cake

Salad Dressings

Jams and Spreads (especially chocolate spreads)

Sprinkled on ice-cream

Homemade Cosmetics (like scrubs and body butters)

Granola, MuesliChia porridge or Bircher Chia

Kefir,

Kombucha

Teas and coffee

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Smoothies 

Homemade Cleaners

Orange Peel Powder
A great way to get some vitamin c into your diet. Also a great anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that can be added to homemade cosmetics, chocolate, drinks, baked goods, muesli, teas, kefir and kombucha. The possibilities are endless!
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Ingredients
  1. Orange peel
  2. Kombucha/apple cider vinegar
  3. water
Instructions
  1. Soak your orange, mandarin, tangerine or other citrus peel in a solution of water and Kombucha (use about 1 tbs kt to 500mls water)
  2. Use a dehydrator (at 100F) or oven at the lowest setting and dry your peel until it is hard and completely dry.
  3. When your peel is completely dry put in a high speed blender and blitz until powder.
  4. Add to fizzy water and drink otherwise it can be added to; chocolate, drinks, baked good, use it to flavour Kefir, kombucha or add it to teas, stocks and smoothies! Why not use in your homemade cosmetics!
Notes
  1. so easy- give it a go- you were only going to throw the peel away anyway!
  2. Another good way to use the peel is to add it to bath water
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 Here are my recipes to use it;

References:

D-Limonene: Safety and Clinical Applications

Health Properties of Orange Peel | LIVESTRONG.COM

Cancer Chemoprevention by Citrus Pulp and Juices Containing High Amounts of β-Cryptoxanthin and Hesperidin

Functional Foods: Biochemical and Processing Aspects – Google Books (Pg 160)

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Elderberries

Nutrient Fact Sheet

Nutrient Fact Sheet Elderberries Loula Natural

Elderberries

Elderberry (also known as Sambucus) is a common, shrubby tree that grows to approximately ten feet tall and reveals yellow and white flowers in early summer, followed by strong blue or black berries which generally ripen around September. Reputated for their medicinal benefits Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa (Elderberry’s use as a flu remedy dates back to ancient Roman times)and the medicinal benefits of elderberries are again being investigated and rediscovered.

They are primarily recognised as providing natural support for the immune system and is growing in popularity as an effective remedy against flu and other similar viruses. There is an off the shelf cough syrup derived from Elderberries or check out here for an even better home made one. You can also make these Elderberry and Kefir Gummies for a great immune boosting kid friendly snack

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The list of attributes that the Elderberry boasts makes interesting reading. The berries are similar to black berries, blueberries and other dark purple fruit and vegetables in their anti-oxidant properties. They contain concentrated amounts of vitamin C, flavinoids, fruit acids, and anthocyanic (which help protect against cell damage) pigments. They are also an excellent source for vitamins A and B which may help them to have antiviral properties. This berry works as a simple cleanser of the body as well as an antioxidant. Supporting the liver, immune and circulatory system.

Their high antioxidant activity may help to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, the circulatory system and also boost the immune system. Through boosting the immune and circulatory system it may promote profuse sweating which helps to manage fevers. Therefore with Elderberry consumption, flu symptoms have been seen to resolve and improve within days

 Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice may destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice have reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

They are also seen to be a diuretic, an anti-inflammatory, an anti-catarrh, and may act as a mild laxative.

With all these properties they have been used through the ages to help treat and support the body through;

Most inflammatory conditions including UTI’s (they also may have a mild diuretic effect)

bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sore throats, fevers, influenza,

high cholesterol,

constipation,

neuralgia, rheumatism, sciatica,

skin disorders

and even hay fever (since they also contain quercetin). 

Nutrient Fact File Elderberries Loula Natural PinElderberry causes few side effects when used in recommended dosages for five days or less, However, for people using it for lengthy intervals and those who are pregnant may want to ask the advice of their health practitioner, preferably someone knowledgeable about herbs and their potential side effects.

Gelatin

Gelatin

Gelatin is the same structural protein, collagen in humans,  found in many animals including cows. Collagen is a fibrous protein that strengthens the body’s connective tissues and makes up almost one-third of the human body.

Gelatin is rich in foods like bone broths. It is obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. It is usually obtained from cows or pigs but fish can also be used and a vegan source is found through using a seaweed called agar agar.

The highest concentration is founds in pig’s and chicken feet and ox tails. All these used to be a large part of a traditional diet. Our ancestors relished every part of the animal including all the gelatin-rich bony and cartilaginous bits of the animal. But the increasing appetite for muscle meat meant these unfashionable cuts were forgotten and as a result much of this gelatin has vanished from the diet.

However our bodies’ need for it has not. Although collagen makes up about 50% of the protein in animals, the quantity in the muscle meats is considerably lower. It has a different amino acid profile than muscle meats — no tryptophan or cysteine, but a great deal of glycine and proline. These are both necessary for growth and renewal of cells. This helps with healing and supports skin and hair growth. Lowering our intake of gelatin and raising our intake of low-collagen muscle meats has changed the amino acid profile of the common diet.

“gelatin is not a complete protein source because it is deficient in tryptophan and low in methionine content, however the digestibility is excellent and it is often used in feeding invalids and the high level of lysine (4 %) is noteworthy. More controversially, studies have shown that the consumption of 7 to 10 g/day can significantly improve nail growth rate and strength (17) and it also promotes hair growth (18). Gelatin has also been shown to benefit arthritis sufferers in a large proportion of cases (19).” (source)

Because Gelatin has the ability to break down and rebuild, it is able to repair and re-form wherever it is needed. This also helps its digestibility. It also absorbs water so can help in digestive transit and can help to form stool.

Adding gelatin to your diet can help your body in many ways:

– Good for joints and can help joint recovery (As you get older, your body makes less collagen, and individual fibers become increasingly cross-linked with each other. You might experience this as stiff joints from less flexible tendons, or wrinkles due to loss of skin elasticity).

-Is one of the main component of bones. May help with bone density and strength.

– Can help tighten loose skin

– Supports skin, hair and nail growth

– Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track. Potentially relieving constipation or diarrhea.

-Bacteria feeds on gelatin so is beneficial for the digestion as a prebiotic.

– A source of protein and its specific amino acids can help build muscle.It has 18 amino acids, 9 of which are essential.

-Glycine is reported to help liver function, especially in detoxification

-Lysine is utilized in muscle building and calcium absorption.

–  Has been associated with improved metabolism and reduced cellulite. Therefore it has been used in weight management.

 -Treatment for non-seasonal allergies. The anti-inflammatory and healing benefits of Gelatin may help heal leaky gut symptoms. 

-Has been said to help promote duration and quality of sleep.

Kefir Gummies Recipe Pic Loula Natural

I especially love slipping gelatin in homemade Kefir Gummies, porridge, smoothies, soups, stews, bolognaise and even in iced coffee to help my 2 kids get the protein they need.

References

http://www.gelatin-gmia.com/images/GMIA_Gelatin_Manual_2012.pdf

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10068-014-0011-x#page-1

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/gelatin.html

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