Our bodies are locked in a constant battle with germs – invaders from outside that want to do us harm. For that reason, we need to take steps to bolster our defenses as much as possible. If we don’t, then we are at risk of disease.
In this post, we take a look at some powerful things that you can do to reduce the ability of viruses and bacteria to get a foothold. Take a look at our ideas below.
Specifically, manuka honey. Honey contains compounds that actively fight disease-causing bacteria. Thus, when you eat honey, you’re actually filling your stomach with a kind of antibacterial agent, designed to clean you out.
The wonderful thing about honey, though, is that it generally leaves beneficial bacteria intact. So you’re not at risk of killing the health-promoting organisms living in your colon.
Fasting is becoming increasingly popular. It’s where you go without food for a set period.
While it might sound like a strange way to eliminate germs, it is highly effective. It works because it puts the body into a different mode. Instead of cells focusing on dividing and reproducing, fasting switches them over to maintenance and housekeeping. When this happens, they begin to flush out viruses.
What’s more, if you fast for a long-time, it actually upregulates the immune system. The body gets better at fighting infections and chronic conditions.
Most people fast overnight for 12 hours from, say, 7 pm to 7 am. However, you might want to extend this occasionally, perhaps stopping eating at 2 pm and then only restarting the following day.
If you want to fast for longer, consult with your physician. Fasting can be dangerous.
Go for a sauna
Sauna appears to be highly beneficial for the body all-round. It is a wonderful way to fight inflammation and even the aging process itself, keeping you young and healthy for longer.
Sauna, though, may also help the body fight infections. By raising the core temperature, it mimics fever – something that makes it much harder for bacteria to multiply. People with chronic infections may notice improvements in their symptoms after spending time in a sauna room. You can usually find saunas at your local gym.
Eat more ginger
Ginger is a superfood touted to treat chlamydia and a host of other infections. It all comes down to the sesquiterpenes that the root contains. These are agents that the plant uses to protect itself, but can also keep the body free from pathogens as well.
You can eat the root in your recipes. However, some people like to take it directly in the form of a smoothie. If you are eating fresh ginger, try to get around a thumb-sized portion. Those consuming powdered ginger should aim for around a teaspoon in total.
Eat more lemon
Lemon is another of nature’s cleansers. The powerful citrus fruit contains strong acidic compounds that kill bacteria and keep the fruit fresh for a long time (which you have no doubt observed if you’ve left one in the refrigerator for a couple of months).
Lemon is effective against germs in the body for a number of reasons. First, it contains a high dose of vitamin C. This stimulates the immune system and helps it to function better.
Second, lemon is also acidic, which means that it may be able to fight infections in the mouth and upper respiratory tract. However, some people consuming lemon need to be careful. It can cause sores to appear on the cheeks, gums and tongue if consumed too frequently.
Put Turmeric in your curries
Turmeric is a golden wonder spice, famed for treating everything from arthritis to heart disease. It turns out, though, that this pigment is also useful as a natural antiseptic.
Coming from the same family of plants as ginger, this should come as no surprise. Like its larger cousin, this root contains compounds that kill bacteria. It’s a defense mechanism that the plant evolved, but also something that we can use in our own bodies.
If you feel that you need to consume a lot of turmeric, the best way to get it is as a milk drink, sometimes called haldi doodh. Add between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of the spice to the recipe and see if it makes you feel any better. Be careful not to take too much turmeric. You don’t need vast quantities to reap the benefits.
Eat raw garlic
Indians have been using raw garlic for centuries to cure a host of common ailments caused by bacteria. Even without a germ theory of disease, people still understood that it was beneficial.
But why, specifically? Again, it comes down to the antibacterial agents the plant contains. In garlic’s case, the star polyphenol is allicin. When this comes into contact with bacteria, it kills them.
Garlic is much more potent than many people realise. You should never put it directly on your skin because it can cause chemical burns. Eating it is safe, so long as you only do so occasionally. Consuming garlic at every meal is not advised.
Put coconut oil on your skin
Coconut oil is almost unique in the plant kingdom. It is one of the only sources of saturated fat that you can get from plants in reasonable quantities.
Coconut oil is highly beneficial for the skin. That’s because it contains the compound lauric acid. This has powerful antibacterial action against yeast, fungal and bacterial infections of the skin. What’s more, it’s wholly natural. Coconut oil is safe for most skin types.
Many products now contain coconut oil. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune on commercial blends. Simply taking a small amount in your hand, rubbing it between your fingers, and then applying it to the affected area can help a great deal.
So there you have it: some of the ways that you can flush unwanted germs out of your body. Which will you try? Why not a combination of all of them?