During cold and flu season, Phyllanthus niruri may be able to support your immune system against viruses.
Back when I was in college, every year I’d come home for the long Thanksgiving weekend. And every year I would get sick just hours — sometimes minutes — after I got home. The weeks prior I stayed up late, slept little, and ate poorly. I was basically staving off illness with a wink and a prayer, and over the four-day holiday my body broke down.
Some people rarely get sick. Others are sick every 2-3 months. Our immune systems are all different, and we all care for ourselves in different ways (and with different levels of attention). If you’re looking forward to sharing turkey and all the trimmings with your family vs. fighting off a cold this season, you may want to take proactive steps to support your immune system.
You — and your body — could probably use some support.
Bolster Your Immune System
So what can you do to support your immune system? Let’s start with some basics.
First, a balance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients can bolster your immune system. Most importantly, Vitamin D has a positive effect on cells in the immune system, and vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased autoimmunity and a higher susceptibility to infection. You can get vitamin D from your diet (try fatty fish, cheese, or egg yolks). Your skin also produces Vitamin D when it’s exposed to the sun. Even 10 minutes of direct sun exposure each day can help.
Second, getting an adequate amount of sleep can support your immune system. Adults should sleep 7-9 hours every night, and teenagers should sleep 8-10 hours. (Back in college, I was running on roughly 4 hours a day. You can see the problem …)
Third, exercise has been linked to healthy immunity. Even daily walks or a gym visit three times a week is better than simply sitting in front of a computer all day and a TV all evening.
Support Your Immune System with the World’s Healthiest Tea
Finally, you can support your immune system by drinking Phyllanthus niruri tea, which may be the healthiest tea in the world. (Search “Phyllanthus niruri” on the NIH site to get a sense of the extensive research done on this amazing plant.) Phyllanthus niruri, also known as Chanca Piedra, has 100+ identified bioactive compounds. Best known for helping to eliminate kidney stones and gall stones, it is also traditionally used in South America and around the world to address a variety of chronic illnesses.
In particular, Phyllanthus niruri has been traditionally used to help the immune and lymphatic systems combat viruses and bacteria, support the digestive system, support the renal system, and reduce stress on the pancreatic system. It has been used for thousands of years and is the subject of more than 1,000 scientific studies.
The important thing to remember here is that the same actions that help with chronic illness may be able to support your immune system and help your body stave off the flu or a cold. Basically, Phyllanthus niruri may be able to block the RNA and DNA transferase, slowing or even stopping bacteria and viruses from multiplying and allowing your immune system to deal with the remaining invaders.
Furthermore, Phyllanthus niruri is a member of a rare and remarkable group of plants called adaptogens, which help the body adapt to physical, chemical, biological, emotional, and environmental stress. Phyllanthus niruri can help the body deal with oxidative stress, hypertension, and inflammation related to immune system imbalance. Adapting to these stressors is essential for maintaining good health.
Give Thanks for Good Health
Feeling a cold coming on? Drink your Phyllanthus niruri tea to support your immune system.
After all, it’s that time of year. If you’re healthy, give thanks. If you’re not, continue doing everything you can to improve your health. (I know it can be hard. Hang in there, and take a few minutes to read our free Lessons from the Darkness e-book — I think it’ll be time well spent.) Either way, it’s a good goal to strive for better health in 2019 and beyond.
You can increase your chances of staying healthy for the long run. Tis the season for sickness, so don’t leave your health up to chance. Take steps to support your immune system. If you’re really paying attention, you’ll recognize that your body is thanking you.