Even the healthiest amidst us take a hit with a depleted immune system every now and again. For me, I tend to work really hard and am not the best at learning when to take a break.
No matter how well I eat, ‘not knowing when to stop’ sometimes takes a toll on my system. I start to experience tell tale signs, which – if I ignore – brings my body to a grinding halt, leaving me no other option other than to rest.
For others a compromised immune system might be about letting healthy eating habits slip; breathing in too many toxins from the environment; spending a lot of time doing long-haul flights; going through emotional turmoil; eating contaminated foods; and of course there is always the September seasonal immune alarm call that seems to sprawl out a huge cauldron of bugs, colds and airborne infections…
Listen to your body
Whatever the reason for a depleted immune system, one of the most powerful things we can do is listen to our body and be really honest about what it is telling us – before things get out of hand.
There are lots of things that we can do to support health; like eating a wholesome plant-based diet, drinking pure water, enjoying laughter and play, spending time in nature, meditating, getting plenty of rest etc.
If you feel your immune system is compromised, then stop! Feel what is going on and honour the most profound wisdom you’ll ever find – the guidance from your own body.
Giving your self a superfood salad boost
When the body is under stress, the nutrients burn up rapidly. At these time I am often guided to start drinking more fresh vegetable juices for an almost immediate infusion of nutrients. My body also usually invites me to eat super healthy, raw, foods, with herbs like parsley and coriander leaves; and roots like ginger, garlic and turmeric.
This kale wrap in the photo is exactly the sort of thing that I might have to give me a super boost (although, not forgetting that it makes an excellent every day salad too). It’s a power house of nutrition full of essential fats, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants with a strong infusion of garlic to really cleanse and enhance efficiency of the immune system.
The above list is just for guidance. You can add whatever you like. Use your favourite herbs and salad foods to stuff the kale wrap with. If you don’t have kale, you can also use any large lettuce leaves (especially romaine or cos), although watch out – lettuce may not hold together quite as well as kale.
This recipe features in my latest book Angelicious – Food for a New Paradigm
- 1 or 2 really large kale leaves
- ½ large ripe avocado
- 1 large handful of parsley
- 1 large garlic clove
- ½ lemon (juiced)
- Half a bell pepper
- 4 cherry tomatoes
- 1 small raw beetroot