It's that time of year, I’ve seen my clients hit by the flu, one by one, and hoping I manage to avoid it...
Every winter I do the following to boost my immune system. Touch wood, I haven’t been hit by the flu just yet, I’ve managed to get away with some sniffles, so I must be doing something right!
1 – Eat the rainbow. Keep nourishing your body with an abundance of plants, protein, and fats to keep it ticking over nicely.
2 – Add in some immune boosting broth. You can make this yourself I’ve included the recipe below (mine is the quickest simplest way there’s more in depth recipes/instructions online), super easy, but if your short on time most health foods will stock it.
3 – Natural Supplementmentation. Get yourself some olive leaf extract and vitamin c. I take mine in the form of a supplement.
4 – Listen to your body. If your body is telling you to rest then rest. I see too many people try and push through with their commitments which ultimately delays their recovery. Get some extra sleep, and rest when you feel called too.
My Bone Broth recipe:
- 1 Chicken carcass (I like to use organic). You can also use beef bones here instead.
- For extra bonus points add some chicken feet.
- 1 Onion chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1/2 bunch of celery
- Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (helps to draw the goodness out of the bones)
- A bunch of parsley
- A couple of cloves of garlic
- Put the chicken carcass in a large pan. Add 2 litres of filtered water and add the vinegar. I let it sit for 20 – 30 minutes whilst I chop up all the vegetables.
- I add all the ingredients and some salt and pepper, and slowly bring to a boil. Once it's boiled I leave to simmer on the lowest setting.
- I usually leave mine like this for up to 24 hours, and allow it to cool before skimming the surface and draining the ingredients using a sieve.
You can use the broth in replacement of stock in your meals or soups, or drink by the cup.
It will be ok in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. I make a huge batch and freeze the rest.
Most importantly give yourself time, Your body needs time to heal and fight it. Trying to keep up with your day to day plans, will only most likely prolong it.