• Immune Booster Hacks with Angela Cali

We all know the benefits of healthy eating, but did you know that a healthy gut can be key to boosting your immune system?

Melbourne Naturopath and Holistic Counsellor Angela Cali is back with Melbourne Lifestyle Blog. Here are her top tips to stay healthy right now.


Keeping your health in check is essential to lead a fulfilling life at the top of your game.
It is an important time right now to focus on boosting your immune system. Without this system working optimally, you have no battlefield ready to fight the invaders that present.

Below are my top tips to boost your immune defences.

1. Let food be thy medicine 

Incorporate natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial herbs and spices daily in your diet.
Turmeric, garlic, clove, ginger, oregano, thyme, cinnamon and horseradish are shown to exhibit potent anti-bacterial properties against pathogenic organisms. These spices can be added to most dishes and adds great flavour too! An easy way to get Turmeric into your diet is by taking TurmeriX capsules or using TurmeriX protein powder in your morning shake. This unique blend contains Plant Protein (Canadian Pea) combined with the TurmeriX X-Factor Blend including turmeric, cinnamon, coconut powder, the essential black pepper, green tea, kelp, fennel, vanilla, aniseed, caraway, ginger, clove, cardamon and more….

A TumeriX cheers to good health!

2. Fertilise the soil

Our digestive system is home to trillions of bacteria. The ‘good’ bacteria provide a   defence against the pathogenic organisms that cause us to be sick.  To feed these friendly bacteria we need prebiotics, dietary fibres naturally found in food.

Some sources of prebiotics include; turmeric, artichokes, garlic, onion, leek, asparagus, banana, dandelion greens, chicory, konjac root, flaxseeds and oats.

Also eating fermented foods will feed the friendly bacteria, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kombucha and natural yoghurt. This will increase and diversify ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, where our immune system resides.

3. Create a robust barrier

Our gut mucosa has 3 lines of defence against pathogenic organisms. When these barriers are broken down this leads to an invasion of unfriendly organisms.

A compromised gut barrier is linked to IBS, allergies and other inflammatory disorders. Therefore we need to tighten this barrier to avoid invasion and setting off an immune response. How? With collagen (grass fed), bone broths, glutamine, slippery elm bark and zinc.

4. Call on the SUPERHEROES

Specific probiotic strains, called “Superhero” strains restore order and perform unique functions, compared to the average Joes in your microbiome.

LGG, SB and BB-12 are probiotic strains that enhance the function of the rest of your microbiome. Re-building this ecosystem improves your immune resilience to pathogenic invaders. You can also build the diversity of your microbiome by getting out in nature amongst the microbes in your environment.