Last winter was very long and I succumbed to more colds than I have since I last lived in Europe 8 years ago. I am sure that my immune system was low due to too much stress at work. This year, I want to prepare for Winter a bit like a squirrel and give my immune system the best chance possible to cope with all the germs that are thrown at it working in a school. I have already got back onto my yoga mat and that is helping me sleep better and cope better with the work stresses of a school principal but I to do more. I came across this amazing book last week. Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman. I read it cover to cover in one day. It really resonated with me.
Fuhrman is a doctor in the USA and calls himself a nutrarian. He eats a plant based diet of whole foods and is interested in extracting the most possible nutrition from each meal. He talks a lot about the health benefits we derive from the phytonutrients in certain types of food. His ideas are all based upon scientific research. For super immunity he recommends the following
1. A diet full of GOMBBS – greens (or more specifically, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower), onions (including garlic), mushrooms, beans, berries and seeds.
2. A daily dose of zinc.
3. A daily dose of vitamin D. Part of the reason we get more colds in Winter is due to the lack of sunshine.
4. Exercise that raises the heart rate for at least five minutes, at least three times a week.
He also recommends that if you get a cold, you refrain from taking cold medication as this suppresses the natural immune system and will make a cold last longer. You should rest and eat light, plant based meals and the cold will go away in three days.
I am trying this out to see if it works for me this Winter. I have cranked up my diet for the last week and the zinc arrives today. Watch this space.