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Update: How to Build Your Immune System

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A letter from my herbalist

Read more Notes on the COVID-19 VIRUS from an Herbalist's Perspective
Nancy Graden
Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Farm - click on this link to go to the website.
Here's an excerpt...with permission from Nancy

• Building your immune system has positive impacts for keeping you healthy and for reducing
severity of symptoms during an illness.
• Having a baseline of nutrient-dense foods and minerals is key to supporting the body's natural
defenses. If your diet is less than ideal, consider supplementing with vitamins C, D, A and zinc.
• cut down or cut out alcohol
• cut down or cut out sugars – viruses and bacteria thrive on sugar
• exercise
• get out in Nature
• breath deep
• take breaks from all the media and news, especially sensationalized media and news

Keeping the gut biome healthy

• Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live in and on your digestive tract. It acts like another organ crucial for your health and has been referred to as the 'true immune system'. The more robust our gut microbiome, the healthier we are and the stronger our immune system is.

• Your gut microbiome regulates immune balance, known as homeostasis.. Disruption of this can cause immune imbalances leading to autoimmune disorders, diabetes, weight gain, and more.

So how to keep your gut microbiome healthy?
• Fertilize your gut with healthy whole foods, leafy greens, fermented foods such as Kim Chi, Miso, Sauerkraut, non sugary yogurt and Kefir, bone broths and a wide variety of fibrous vegetables and fruits. Add freshly cooked mushrooms to your foods, Shiitake, Lions Mane, and Portobello.
Read more here: www.redcloverapothecary.
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