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Achy joints, colds and sore throats are just a few symptoms that we have all be suffering with this icy winter and according to some reports, around 30 per cent  of the population have a cold at this very moment, so you are not alone. How many people do you know who always suffer from colds and just can’t seem to shift them? Did you know you can try strengthening your immune system to help prevent illness ever reaching you. I believe in healing myself from the inside out and in a natural way. You actually gain added benefits such as more energy and improved moods. I find using painkillers just masks my symptoms and doesn’t help the route cause. Here are my top 8 tips to help you feel better, reduce illness and boost your immune system.
1 – Vitamin D
Looking for an easy way to boost your immune system? Did you know that Vitamin D naturally occurs from the sunlight. As Britons we are very deficient in such nutrients due to not getting enough sunlight so taking a supplement can not only help ward off illness, but also regulate and support the immune system and help maintain a healthy body weight. Food sources include, eggs and oily fish such as salmon and mackerel. Functionally you need to have about 5000IU per day and Vitamin D3 is the best option . Try taking it with lemon water as the Vitamin C helps with the absorption.
2 – Garlic & ginger
Garlic and Ginger – LOVE LOVE LOVE. I love ginger and lemon hot drinks in the evenings with some organic honey. In my opinion, garlic should be on everything! Yes you may smell but removing the green on the inside of the cloves could help reduce the smelly breath. You could also try chewing on parsley. A recipe I really enjoy that you could try is garlic and real butter mixed with spinach and parsley salad served with salmon fillet (mmmmm I’m salivating already).
3 – Vitamin C
Vitamin C – Lemon water is the best for getting vitamin C. Not only does lemon water provide you with vitamin C but it is low in sugar and aids your metabolism as well. Try drinking a large glass of lemon water at room temperature first thing in the morning. I suggest room temperature because it’s better on the stomach, especially for those who suffer with digestive problems.
4 – Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens – I take chlorophyll twice a day in water to help with digestion but also to increase my greens. From broccoli, spinach, kale, leeks and even Brussels sprout. Building a lifestyle around seasonal food facilitates the body’s natural healing process and can boost your immune system. 
5 – Get plenty of sleep
Get plenty of sleep – Everyone is different and each person knows how much sleep they need. With increasingly busy lifestyles, it can be hard to get into a routine but getting into a regular routine every day can help your body function at its optimal. Some research has even commented on taking a nap for about 20mins can help concentration and improve moods .
6 – Drink water
Drink water – Caffeinated and carbonated drinks do not count. In fact they could be preventing you from getting better and could be causing inflammation in the body. Ideally, you need to be consuming at least 2-3 litres a day. Maybe keep a bottle with you in a bag or on your desk.
7 – Breathe properly
Breathe properly – Deep belly breaths are the best as we all tend to only shallow/chest breathes. The shallow/chest breathes doesn’t allow our organs to get the maximum air supply that they really could. Taking deeper breathes can be a little tricky because we are all so used to shallow breathing. If you are unsure and need a helping hand, this Buteko breathing exercise can help. [Link]
8 – Get sweaty
Get sweaty – How you choose to do this doesn’t matter, as long as you enjoy it (those with filthy minds can rejoice because that counts as well!). One study in 2002 found that those who exercised regularly suffered 20-30% fewer colds .
Tips to help you feel better, reduce illness and boost your immune system
I hope you found these tips to help you feel better, reduce illness and boost your immune system useful. If anything, I hope I gave you a few things there to consider as alternatives to conventional medicines. Give them a try and let me know if you have noticed any benefits in the comment box below. If you want to check out some more of my blogs please go to www.larajezeph.com.