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Boost Your Immune System For the Coming Cold Season Using Real Foods


Written by Shannon, [2] Contributing Writer

When I was a teenager I used to get several colds every winter. Along with that came the inevitable bouts of bronchitis and/or pneumonia. Every year without fail. Looking back I can’t help but laugh because now I know why I was always sick.

My immune system was shot because I ate junk, never gave my body proper rest, and had destroyed my gut through many rounds of antibiotics.

The good news is we can recover and build our immune systems by simply feeding our body real foods. I very rarely catch colds anymore, even when everyone around me does. I attribute this to God’s grace and a few major changes I have made over the past ten years.

Fix Your Gut, Fix Your Immune System

Upwards of 75% of your immune system is in your digestive tract. That means if your gut is healthy, you are healthy. If you’ve ever eaten processed foods loaded with sugar and starch, if you’ve ever taken a round of antibiotics, if you’ve ever had a diet void of fermented foods; you probably have candida [3] or an unhealthy gut.

The good news is you can heal your gut. Stephanie has talked before about the GAPS diet [4], which I believe to be the best method of healing for the gut. I also wrote a series on the importance of gut health last spring, including:

Above all else, I attribute a healthier immune system to a healthier gut [9].


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Real Food Provides Real Prevention

The best way to avoid a cold is to simply feed your body nourishing foods everyday. That means high quality proteins and real fats, plenty of seasonal vegetables, and fermented foods every day.

That may seem too simple in the context of the nutritionism language we now speak. So if you’re hearing about specific vitamins, minerals, and superfoods then lets take a look at how your breakfast or lunch could give you everything you need.

It really is as simple as what you put on your plate.


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Real Food Supplements

Real food prevention is not limited to your meals. Taking a tea or tincture derived from healing plants can provide prevention. And if you do fall ill there are ways to treat both the symptoms and the underlying problem.

There you have it: real prevention and treatments with real foods.

How are you boosting your immune system and treating with real foods?

This is the first post of Natural Home Remedies and Illness Prevention Month [18] here at Keeper of the Home!


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