Boost Your Immunity to Prevent COVID-19 Naturally

In the current environment, boosting immunity and keeping strong and healthy is paramount. Whilst there is no magic pill we can take for steel immunity, there are some key “inside and out” measures that we can all easily take to ensure our immunity is supercharged, leaving our bodies more resilient to infection. Many of these recommendations are classic, tried-and-tested immune-boosting activities that we should all be engaging in, especially during  the time of an infectious pandemic when risk is heightened.

Boost Your Vitamin C Intake

Firstly, ensuring you are eating an abundance of vitamin C rich foods will encourage the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, which help protect the body against infection. The body does not store vitamin C, so you want to make sure you are having vitamin C rich foods daily. Eating foods rich in this immune system bolstering nutrient is superior to taking synthetic vitamin C in the form of pills and tablets. This is because the body absorbs vitamin C bound in foods more effectively. Foods also have an amplified nutrient profile (more than their sum of parts) compared to taking a processed pill. Foods including berries, papaya, capsicum, kiwi fruit, spinach, broccoli and citrus fruits. For an extra boost, incorporating a natural vitamin C rich superfood powder daily is a fantastic way to receive a concentrated source of vitamin C in a 'supplement' form.

Get 4 x RDI vitamin C in one teaspoon:
This is where our Native Plant-Based Collagen shines through! Just a single teaspoon proves four times the recommended dose of vitamin C. It is easy to incorporate this powder in smoothies, water or a glass of juice. This powder is also suitable for children and pregnant women. 
Immunity Smoothie:
The below smoothie packs a punch of Vitamin C and is super easy to blend up each morning:
1 tablespoon of Gut Replenish
1 cup of Frozen Mixed Berries
1 cup of Baby Spinach
½ Kiwi Fruit
1 cup of Coconut Water or Coconut Milk
1-2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil  
1.5 cm of Ginger Root, grated

Don’t Forget Your Gut

Gut health and immunity are intricately linked with over 80% of our immune system being found in our gut. My approach to gut health is all about encouraging the growth of healthy gut flora and weeding out the bad guys. Fibre and polyphenols are a fantastic way to do this. Taking 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseed meal, ensuring you are eating wholegrains, nuts and seeds daily, and supplementing with a gut health powder such as our Gut Replenish (which is rich in polyphenols) is a fantastic way to build your body’s resistance and immunity.


Seek Sunshine

Sunshine promotes immunity! If you are not getting your daily sunshine dose of vitamin D, consider supplementing with 1,000 IU daily (or more under the guidance of a health practitioner).


B, B, Bounce!

B Vitamins, in particular vitamin B6, are key when it comes to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system. B vitamins can be found in dark leafy greens and legumes such as chickpeas, so having something like a big bowl of kale, spinach and rocket along with chickpeas (or hummus) and walnuts with a squeeze of lemon juice and dash of balsamic vinegar can be a delicious way to get your B vitamins in and your immunity up.


Heroic Herbs

Andrographis. One of my favourite herbs for boosting immunity is Andrographis. This herb has been given the status of a “herbal antibiotic” and traditionally was used as an alternative to antibiotics. It can be taken in capsule or tablet form – it is very bitter, being known as “King of Bitters”, so be prepared for a bitter hit if you are taking this in liquid or tea form. 
Garlic. Garlic is a very traditional antimicrobial food/herb and whilst it can ward off friends along with bacteria and germs, it is a highly at fighting germs due to the presence of allicin which provides it with its immune boosting benefits. You need to crush or slice garlic to receive these benefits so you may want to create a garlic oil dressing which you add to your daily greens. Alternatively chopping the cloves finely and literally gulping 1-2 down daily can also be a “heroic” way to get your daily immune boosting action.
Ginger. The humble ginger root is antimicrobial and helps to eliminate congestion. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory so will not only help with keeping puffiness at bay, it also contains silicon which helps to promote healthy skin. Ginger, cinnamon and orange juice are wonderful additions to any, boosting the body’s natural defences and keeping immunity in check.


Cheeky Coconut

Coconut oil is a hero in our skincare but one of the things that people do not know about coconut oil is that it can reduce the length of a cold or flu. Having 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day is the perfect dose for getting to a virus before it takes hold.

Sleep More, Stress Less

Sleep deprivation can affect the production of infection fighting antibodies and cells. Ensuring you are getting quality sleep of at least 8 hours is key. Similarly taking measures to reduce stress will keep your immune system in check. The hormone cortisol can impact the body’s production of antigens which are fighting off disease. Taking the time to do breathing exercises (my favourite is Pranayama) or deep belly breathing daily to help ensure you are keeping stress levels down naturally. Mindfulness, yoga, walking, and any for of exercise you enjoy are also gold for this!


Squeaky Clean

Ensuring that you are regularly washing your hands or using a hand sanitiser when water is not available is paramount to keeping germs at bay. Regularly wiping down desks, benches and surroundings is also critical.  

Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which are able to fight and kill harmful bacteria. Add them to your oil diffuser, pop them in your homemade cleaning products and use diluted versions of them on your skin.  

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Anna Mitsios

Adv. Dip. Naturopathy. Adv. Dip. Nutrition. B.Com (Honours)

Anna’s career began in the corporate sector, where she specialised in corporate finance and private banking for over ten years working in Sydney and New York for a large Australian bank. Anna’s career change was sparked by her own health journey, following a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at 18 years of age. Her diagnosis triggered her intense study of botanicals and nutrition to manage auto-immune condition and assist others in attaining optimal health. Anna has been involved in the pursuit of herbal medicine and nutrition for over 15 years, with a focus on fertility, women’s and chidlren’s health. Anna’s naturopathy career has included working as a naturopath within a reputable natural fertility clinic in Sydney, within a pharmacy and health food store and running her own naturopathy practice. Anna is committed to creating products founded on naturopathic philosophies, using wildcrafted and exotic ingredients and encouraging her clients and people who use her skincare to nourish their skin, from the inside-out.

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