In these days of constantly being bombarded about getting ill, many have decided to figure out ways to boost their immune system!
Now don’t get me wrong, it would be great if someone comes out with a shot that actually is a lifesaver, but so far all the flu shots that millions line up for each year seems to me, to be a placebo. They tell us these shots build up our immune system with antibodies – well yes, and so will walking around and living, since our bodies were created to fight off these bugs.
Personally, I do not take these shots each year because the manufactures are always behind the curve for the current flu outbreak – they are giving you a flu shot for the previous season flu which has already mutated into something different. Now I am not a Doctor, I do not Practice Medicine – and we all need to do what we believe is the best for our health and study things out. Yes!
Please do not take me wrong, I know of people who have died from covid19 due to their health condition and age, and the virus overwhelmed them. In the world we live in many people that are older and have preexisting conditions are afraid of the consequences of this virus, I truly understand.
Now the one thing I hardly ever hear from the mainstream media is what we can do to help our bodies fight off and boost our immune system.
First we have a wonderful immune system that can keep us on track, but most of us eat too much fast food and at home processed foods that have tons of additives and preservatives that we just do not need. This builds up inflammation in our bodies and we get diseases of our own making!
If you take only one thing away from this article is if you have a porch or yard that you can start a simple garden in and eat well, please try! Plant the veggies and fruits that can fit in a planter or bucket on your porch – or start a small, raised garden. Keep it organic and keep it simple and between the good food you are growing and the exercise in planting, I believe you will be happier and healthier person then when you began. Let us take back the stewardship of personally being responsible for our space and begin working in the dirt and see what grows!
So here are some simple things you can start helping yourself with and some of them I am sure you already eat and do – some of them are free!
Exercise: Even if it is walking starting 5 minutes a day or up a flight of stairs go for it. Do something. Once you do this for a month, change it out with longer lengths – please slow and repetitive at first so you don’t burn out. For beginners start your routine every other day so your body will get use to your workout. If not walking, swimming or something that you can commit to. Sorry I said the taboo word “commit”!
Vitamin D: Sunshine (10-15 minutes a day), Vitamin D Supplement (not expensive), Fresh Fish & Canned Tuna, Milk, Egg Yolks, Red Meat, Yogurt, Beans. Learn more about Vitamin D at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-101
Vitamin C: Vitamin C Supplement (not expensive), Broccoli, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Watermelon, Oranges, Brussels Sprouts, Papaya, Kiwi, Pineapple, Kale, Guava, Orange, Cauliflower, Grapefruit, Sweet Potato, Bell Pepper, Cantaloupe, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Spinach, Turnips, and the list goes on. Learn more about Vitamin C at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits#2.-May-help-manage-high-blood-pressure
Zinc: Meat, Shellfish, Legumes, Seeds, Nuts, Dairy, Eggs, Whole Grains and Dark Chocolate! Learn more about Zinc at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/zinc#benefits
Magnesium: Pumpkin Seeds, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Dark Chocolate (!), Black Beans, Quinoa, Halibut, Almonds, Cashews,Mackerel, Avocado, Salmon. Learn more about Magnesium at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-magnesium-benefits
So, what we have here is sunshine, moving our bodies more than we do, foods and/or supplements that we can all easily get at the store and possibly from our new gardens! This is a good start.
Once we start eating healthier you will notice a definite change from all those foods that were so processed with nutrition that had to be put back into it!
When we look at our modern lifestyle, it has become quite sedentary (inactive) and we are not making up for that inactivity after work. Now that so many people have lost their jobs, or are working from home still, possibly depressed we need to truly take back your lives, making that change is more important now than ever before! And if not now, when?
Become a person that desires to change how you eat, think, and do! Baby steps are usually the best way, or you may keep failing. Have a plan, chart your progress, study, and have people with you to encourage you along – as you encourage them!
Learn a new skill, try to learn more about the properties and benefits of plants. If you start that garden make extra plant starters and sell them, share them, show kids how to grow them, start a community garden – feed others! What a wonderful feeling.
For me I have been taking my lifestyle back more and more. First it was making my own soaps, that got me into gardening for herbs, so I would have natural fragrances for my soaps. That has vaulted me into learning more about healthy foods and growing my garden and now what I call a Small Hawaiian Homestead!
Now that I have gone over the basic stuff, here is the added superfood drink of Fermenting Black Turmeric, Turmeric & Ginger:
Today I have created a video on various types of ginger to help our gut health and strengthen our immune system.
The recipe consists of black turmeric, turmeric, ginger, orange, lemon, honey, cane sugar, salt, pepper, and coconut water.
I have selected these rhizomes due to their medicinal benefits to the immune system, gut health, and anti-inflammation properties.
Turmeric has been around for thousands of years and studies today have found the compound curcuminoids with the most important one curcumin is the active ingredient that helps fight inflammation, strengthens our immune and gut health.
It has been shown to help those with chronic inflammation associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and bowel diseases. Turmeric helps the body to naturally cleanse the respiratory tract and fight the infections with its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to relieve chest congestion, kill bacteria and treats coughs and colds.
Consuming curcumin into the bloodstream is difficult, unless taken with black pepper and healthy proteins taken with it. Black pepper contains piperine and is a natural substance that enhances the absorption of the curcumin by 2000% and on top of this, when you ferment your rhizomes it helps with potency and absorption.
Cut in small pieces the turmeric and ginger. Pulverize these with coconut water and use the orange and lemon juice, as well. Once pulverized add to large glass jar and add the honey, salt, and cane sugar. Add any left-over coconut water and cover with a loose cloth and let stand on your counter. Once the fermenting process begin with bubbles, strain the pulverized gingers, add your pepper and pour into your flip top bottles and refrigerate.
This is to be taking once a day in a shot glass and make sure everything is mixed up in your bottle before pouring it. Now this can be put in with juice, a smoothie, a power drink or tea. Experiment and see what works best for you. I personally use the shot glass followed by a chaser of juice.
200 grams of Black Turmeric
200 grams of Turmeric
200 grams of Ginger
2 – 32 oz. Coconut Water (not milk)
1 Lemon (in video used my lemon juice ice cubes, that I had squeezed and frozen earlier)
9 grams of Salt
9 grams of Cane Sugar
160 grams of Honey
If you cannot find Black Turmeric, use 300 grams of Turmeric & 300 grams of Ginger. I used both containers of Coconut Water, though it is up to you to choose to make your drink with just 1 – 32. oz.
May this blog post be relevant and helpful to you and hopefully along the way you will try some of my essential botanicals. Everything that is formulated is in small batches to keep things simple and fresh.
A Hui Hou! (Until We Meet Again)