Boosting The Immune System

Staying healthy is a priority in both our personal and our professional lives, the fact is we simply cannot afford to take too many sick days off and companies rely on healthy employees in order to meet their quotas. Nobody is happy when you are sick so here are some of my recommendations for you!


Washing our hands throughout the day is very important and keep in mind that the most likely way someone may get sick is if they touch their face. The skin protects but as soon as you rub your eyes, you’ve given the virus a chance to invade you. We touch our face around 50 times a day so be mindful! 


In terms of foods, there is scientific evidence that nutritional deficiencies alter our immune system, because it’s a system, not just single thing. What we put inside of ourselves acts as fuel for our immune system to function properly. 


Zinc is a mineral that helps keep the immune system strong and is often used to help battle the common cold. A  rich source of Zinc is Spinach, Quinoa and Pumpkin seeds.


Another mineral is Selenium, which is found in nearly every cell in the body, and it’s an important antioxidant the immune system relies upon. Eating one Brazil nut is sufficient to give you enough Selenium to help ward of a cold.


Other than Vitamin C, another important nutrient is Vitamin D and most Canadians don’t get enough of it! In my practice I see many people that are Vitamin D deficient. Follow the sunlight whether that’s opening your blinds, taking your dog for a walk or hiking with a friend and otherwise supplement with some Vitamin D. 


The majority of your immune system is located near your gut because it always has to check on what it is that you ate that day, is it safe, is it sound?  Our most drastic interaction with environment is dependent on what we put in our mouths, so it is important for you to retain a healthy bacterial environment in your gut and that’s exactly why probiotics are so helpful in supporting the immune system.


Lastly, we have Garlic. This is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral herb. It is generally considered to be the world’s second oldest medicine since its been used for centuries; there are accounts of medical prescriptions on Sumerian clay tablets, it was given to Egyptian slaves to ward of illness and it also has taken on the name of Russian Penicillin because it was so heavily relied upon in the first world war. To use the maximum benefit of the garlic, you need to cut though it into several pieces and let it sit for 10 minutes so that the medicinal ingredient allicin, which is that, becomes oxidized and activated.