Give your immune system a boost, naturally.
No one enjoys getting sick. The runny nose, the sore throat, the achy muscles. It’s a chore. But, luckily, there are things you can do to equip your body with what it needs to stop a pesky flu or common cold in its tracks (especially during winter!).
You know, you don’t need to travel far to find the best immunity-boosting ingredients out there. In face, they’re probably in your pantry right now! Food is one of the most effective tools we have to help prevent sickness – over 70% of your immune system is in your gut, so what you consume builds up the foundation of your health.
Bolster your defensives and avoid getting sick with nature’s 3 miracle ingredients (psst… we also love using these ingredients in our ColdPress ® Raw Sugar products – they’re amazing for skin, too!).
A super-strong antioxidant, ginger has microbial properties that kill bacteria (including salmonella) – both internally-consumed and when applied topically. This zesty little wonder has amazing anti-inflammatory agents (to help with that sore, runny nose) and it also helps to eliminate congestion.
It has strong fever-fighting agents, and if you sip on some ginger root tea – you can consider your sore throat dramatically relieved. Plus, ginger also encourages coughing to remove any mucus from the chest. It’s the chemicals shagaols and gingerols in ginger that give it that notorious spicy kick – they’re also what stimulates blood circulation and opens up your sinuses (and helps remove toxins and viruses!).
This golden-child of immune-boosting ingredients is only now coming to be recognised as a real superfood spice in Western culture. In the East, however, people have been reaping its wondrous benefits for centuries. Consumed either fresh and raw or in powdered form as a spice, turmeric will help your immune system in more ways than one. Firstly, it helps to increase the immunomodulating capacity of the body. It also boasts extremely powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
Another benefit of turmeric is its anti-carcinogenic properties, and its ability to boost to the white blood cells that help your immune system fight off bacteria, viruses and other ailments.
Lemons are a simple yet powerful fruit. Lemons have flavonoids which are called, you guessed it – citrus flavonoids. These appropriately-named flavonoids contain antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anticancer, and antiviral benefits – all major friends to your immune system.
Lemons are also incredibly rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C has been proven to amp-up the white blood cell count in your system. These cells work to attack foreign bacteria, and viruses, for a stronger immune system. Vitamin C may also helps increase levels of antibodies which bind to foreign pathogens and neutralize them or mark them for destruction – powerful stuff, hey?
Winter is coming – give your immune system the tools Mother Nature gave it to keep strong and healthy, even through the cold.
Just a mere decade ago, coconuts weren’t getting all that much in the way of attention. They were a distant and exotic fruit (or nut – depending on what side of the is-coconut-a-fruit-or-nut argument you’re on). They were the holder of cocktails on our island vacations and a sometimes-visitor in our supermarkets. Their real benefits were known only by people in coconut-growing areas – who have been using coconut for generations for its incredible health prowess.
But it’s safe to day, that now – coconuts are having a major moment. Their nutritional benefits seem to have caught the attention of wellness gurus and naturopaths alike, and thank heavens – because coconut is a magic little miracle in a shell everyone deserves to reap the benefits of.
Without further ado, here are the top 6 skin-health benefits of the tropical treasure that is coconut oil:
It moisturizes like no other.
If you have any signs of dry skin, you need not look too far – coconut oil is among the best moisturizing ingredients out there. It’s easily absorbed by your skin and seeps right into your pores – deeply and throughly hydrating it.
It’s rich in Vitamin E.
Coconut oil helps to keep wrinkles at bay because it contains the antioxidant Vitamin E – known for its skill in protecting skin cells from damage and tear. The Vitamin E in coconut oil also works to soothe irritating skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn and psoriasis.
It has amazing antiviral and anti-fungal benefits.
The antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil are directly attributed to the fatty acids in the oil, which include capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. This helps heal the skin and even treat bug bites.
It cleanses… really deeply.
With all the day-to-day congestion your skin is exposed to, it needs a thorough (yet gentle) form of cleansing that’ll get all the grime out without drying it out too much. Enter coconut oil. Coconut oil is a gentle yet deep cleanser. Its light texture allows it to seep deep into pores and dissolve hardened sebum and dirt – bringing it all to surface before you rinse it away.
It’s really good at removing your makeup.
Coconut oil is wonderful at cutting through grease and oil. In fact, it’s an even more effective grease-cutter than commercial anti-grease products. Pretty mind-blowing, right? Yet, it’s completely gentle and safe enough to use on skin as sensitive as a baby’s. Win-win.
It packs a lot of protein.
Just like actual coconuts, coconut oil is abundant in a variety of different proteins. These proteins work to keep skin healthy, refreshed and rejuvenated – inside and out. They help repair damaged skin cells and assist in healing scars or red marks on the skin.
Are you a coconut fan? Tell us why you’re nuts for coconuts in the comments below!