7 Unconventional Ways to BOOST your immune system during pregnancy
I remember vividly, it was sometime June 2014 and I was pregnant with my second child – she is 21 months now (Seriously child STOP growing so quick please! – baby smell doesn’t last that long)
I went through a very rough time during winter that year, I was so sick and because I was carrying my baby, my immune system was protecting her and keeping her safe and my body suffered.
I remember thinking.. How on earth do I kick this out? I can’t take any cold and flu tablets.. In fact I hate those things anyway but I was desperate. I asked my OB gyn and he said not much could be done. Awesome NOT!
I went to see my naturopath… God Bless her she is my saviour.. She gave me some potions, I mean tonics that tasted like hell, but it was great for me and safe for bub!
But most importantly from her advice was to NOURISH my body with the right stuff. To use Nature as my allied in my health recovery.
In this post I share with you my own knowledge and research on healthy living and immune system and my naturopath Tanya’s mind-blowing naturopathic powers.
So here are the 7 TIPS that can help you boost your immune system this winter while you can’t take any damn thing from the chemist.
- Load up on RAINBOW – you may be thinking what is she on???
What I mean is use the rainbow colours as your guide when it comes to eating nutritional foods to boost up your wellbeing.
Preferably choose organic Fruit and Veggies (when possible) or at least make sure that you wash them thoroughly with half a cup of vinegar and two spoonful of Bicarb Soda fill the kitchen sink with water and let them soak for 15 minutes. Then rinse! This takes off all the nasty chemicals which again weakens your immune system.
- Red: Like Red Onion, Red Capsicum. Strawberries.
- Orange: Well Oranges, the fruit! In fact any citrus. Turmeric, Fresh Papaya
- Yellow: Lemons, Pineapple.
- Green: Leafy greens like spinach, Kale. Broccoli is awesome!
- Blue/purple: Blueberries (preferably organic)
- Use Vinegar!
I even drink it in the mornings, honestly. But that’s organic apple cider vinegar not the plain white vinegar though.
I am a self-confessed Vinegar-addict.
You can replace your Laundry softener for Vinegar and Pure essential Oils.
You can wash your fruit and veggies with it (see point #1)
You can use it to clean your benches.
Seriously Vinegar can be used for a lot of things!
Reducing the amount of toxic detergents can improve your immune system and general wellbeing.
- Diffuse Essential oils that help you purify the air – such as OnGuard and Easy Air from Doterra. You can get them from my Doterra shop here (just so you know this is an affiliate link) https://www.mydoterra.com/angelafogarty/#/
- Develop the art of taking time for yourself!
In this fast paced life, we are always on the run. Creating a peaceful time for you during your pregnancy will help you worry less and live more.
I love Meditation and yoga, these practices allowed me to connect deeply with my baby when I was pregnant.
Just sitting down and holding my belly, sending love to my baby girls was such a peaceful time. Especially since I had a demanding toddler that wanted my attention all the time.
- Laugh a lot! How about Netflix binge on chic flicks or comedy central?
I’m sure you’ve heard it before, that laughter is medicine.
As we become adults we have lost a lot of laughter in our lives. We hardly ever play, just for fun!
Engage in the fun around you and laugh as often that you can. Babies feel it when you are happy so even if not for you then maybe for the baby in your tummy!
- Have a cup pf Bone Broth daily – I love this recipe from WellnessMama http://wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/
If you can’t be bothered making them you can always buy some, I know there are places where you can buy the organic concentrate.
I remember seeing it in the fridge sections of my local health and food shop.
- Get moving, exercise is a great immune booster.
Here is some facts to back it up (so you don’t think I’m full of B.S)
“Associate Professor Stephen Turner from the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Melbourne says he’s not surprised at the findings.
“As a general rule the healthier you are, the easier you’ll find it is to fight off infections”, he says.
The effect may be hormone-mediated, he says.
“We know that people who exercise regularly have lower levels of stress hormones in the blood, and there’s a definite link between low levels of stress hormones and improved immunity”, he says.” Full article here: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/11/02/3054621.htm
P.S. If you can’t be bothered going outside to exercise, maybe some indoor exercise could help.. Check out the videos here: https://pregfit.com.au/resources-and-inspiration/pregfit-lifestyle-tv/
P.P. S In case you want to contact the wonderful Tanya Goldie – naturopath, send me an email and I’ll send you her details J
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