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Immunity
Feeling a little stampeded by life? Frequent colds, flus, hayfever, sore throats or just feeling really run down? Often people are unaware of what they can do to help themselves when it comes to allergy, intolerances and giving themselves a immune boost. Suffering from hayfever, rhinitus and sinusitus every spring is not the norm- just because it is the season for it!
 
I believe a good place to start in supporting your immune system is with diet. I recommend that people follow Sarita’s Wellness Eating Plan and eliminate common allergic foods. The list below is foods that I recommend be avoided on a low allergy diet. These are foods that often people will consume on a daily basis without realising that there is an intolerance, and this can weaken the immune system with persistent and chronic consumption. Some subtle signs of intolerance include tiredness after eating, cramping, bloating, flatulence, mucous production and emotional symptoms such as being iriitable after eating. Tuning in to how the body feels after food is important as the body will often give us the answers.
 

SARITA’S TOP TIPS FOR IMMUNE BOOSTING

1. FOLLOW A LOW ALLERGY DIET
Refer to the following list of common allergic foods and ask yourself whether or not these foods agree with you. If the answer is no, I would recommend that you avoid these foods for a 1-2 week period and then "test" yourself for symptoms when you try these foods again, one by one, leaving a day in between tests.
 
Cow’s milk products (milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt, cream)- Goat’s or Sheep’s milk yoghurt could be used as an alternative.
Eggs
Citrus fruits (lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit)
Soy products (eg. From soy sauce- use Tamari as an alternative)
Foods containing wheat (bread, pasta)- Sourdough rye bread and wheat-free pasta could be used as an alternative.
Foods containing gluten- wheat, rye, oats and barley.
Yeasts and moulds (in cheeses and breads).
Preservatives and nitrates in foods.
Colouring agents in foods (such as tartrazine and erythrosine).
Flavour enhancers such as MSG.
Caffeine, chocolate and sugar.
Alcohol.
The nightshade family of vegetables. This includes tomatoes, potatoes, chilli, eggplant and capsicum. 

2. INCREASE ZINC-RICH FOODS
Another way to boost the immune system is by increasing the consumption of zinc-rich foods. Zinc is an important nutrient to help boost the immune system and it is a common deficiency. Signs of zinc deficiency include white spots on the nails and cracks on the heels of the feet. Refer to the list below to increase your consumption of zinc-:
 
The following is a list of foods that are high in zinc. Foods listed first are highest in nutrient amounts as supplied by an average 100g serving.
Oysters
Ginger root
Pecans
Split peas
Lima beans
Almonds
Walnuts
Sardines
Turkey/chicken
Hazelnuts
Clams
Tuna
Green peas
Shrimp
Turnips
Black pepper
Paprika
Dry mustard
Chilli powder
Thyme
 

SARITA'S TOP BBTC TEA TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:

IMMUNITY
Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus, Licorice & Ginger
Feeling a little stampeded by life? Revive, renew and revitalise with this unique blend of Eucalyptus, Echinacea, Lemon Myrtle, Licorice and Ginger. A healthy, restorative tea for busy people who want to bolster and fortify their well-being. Enjoy any time of the day, or any time if you are feeling a little run down.
Ingredients: Echinacea*  Eucalyptus  Lemon Myrtle*  Elder Berries*  Elder Flowers*  Rosehips*  Licorice*  Ginger*
(* Certified Organic)

Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia)- helps the body fight infection by stimulating the lymph glands and increasing the production of white blood cells.

Elder Flowers and Elder Berries (Sambuccus nigra)- Elder flowers are used in the treament of colds, flu and cattarrhal inflammation of the upper respiratory tract such as hayfever or sinusitis. Elder berries are rich in vitamin C, sweet tasting and commonly used to treat inflammation, fever and to soothe the respiratory tract.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)- assists in clearing the airways and in making breathing easier. It is a traditional remedy for colds, flu, sinusitis and throat infections and may help ease nasal congestion and coughs.

Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)- has anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities and is useful in the treatment of respiratory illness.

Rosehips (Rosa rubiginosa)- one of the best natural and freely available sources of vitamin C. Boosting levels of vitamin C helps to fight infection.

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)- effective in easing sore throats and encourages perspiration in feverish conditions such as the flu.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)- soothes the mucous membranes and has a long history of use in helping to ease coughs, sore throats and asthma.

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Disclaimer: Please consult your Naturopath or Doctor if you have any health concerns.