Healing Immunity

Our immune system helps prevent us from getting ill and is one of the ways we heal ourselves if we become ill. A strong macrobiotic immune system protects us from infectious illnesses, and reduces the risk of degenerative diseases, including cancer. The following are ways to boost our immune system.

Feeling happy, content and secure

When we feel stress, we are in our fight or flight state, and our body perceives this as a survival situation. Healing and our immune system become low priority functions. Feeling happy, content and secure places us in a state where we can prioritise our immune system and dedicate more energy to healing.


Being alkaline helps are immune systems be more active. This may be as stress is an acid forming condition and relaxation is an alkaline forming state, however, we can make ourselves more alkaline by eating more vegetables and fruits. Most alkaline forming are watercress, parsley, celery, sea vegetables, melon, kiwi and lemon.

Fermented foods

The greatest concentration of cells related to our immune system are in our small intestines. The healthy bacteria from fermented foods interacts with the cells in our intestines in a way that has been shown to activate our immune system.

Vitamin C

One of the many nutrients that helps our immune system is vitamin C. This includes lightly steamed broccoli, peppers, greens, cauliflower, kiwi, citrus fruit and strawberries. Fermented foods can be very high in vitamin C. Try sauerkraut or kimchee, where you also benefit from healthy bacteria.

Phyto nutrients

Phytonutrients come from a plants own immune system and are helpful for our own healing. The best known of these being antioxidants. Phytonutrients can be found in all plant foods, particularly high are; green, white or black teas, broccoli, berries, apples, whole grains, almonds, ginger, garlic, orange vegetables, beets and tomatoes.


It has been long thought that spices help proect us from illness and this may in part be due to stimulating our immune system. Peppers, turmeric and curry leaves can all help keep us healthy.

Fresh air

Getting out into the fresh air can stimulate the immune system cells in lungs and help make our immune system more active. Deep breathing can help. This will also oxygenate our blood more strongly.


Relaxing exercise will help blood and lymph circulation, making it easier for our immune system to operate and get rid of unwanted bacteria or viruses. One of the long term risks concerning our immune system is that it may not get enough exercise. This can occur by living in a very clean, hygienic, sterile environment. Try eating fruit and vegetables with their skins. Wash organic food lightly or not at all, to expose our bodies to organic dirt and give our immune system more exercise.

Deep sleep

We heal during sleep. One of the ways we do this is to release melatonin from our pineal gland. We do this best sleeping in a room that is dark and has minimal EMF. Keep phone and electrical equipment, including radio alarms and baby monitors well away from you, as the body confuses EMF with light, suppressing melatonin secretion. We produce the most melatonin when asleep between 11pm and 3am.

Positive thinking

Believing we will not get ill, or believing we will get better, acts as a placebo helping our body fight off viruses. Think positively about your immune system and the actions you are taking.

6 way to improve your macrobiotic immune system


Simply relax and feel a few breaths every our so that you come back to a calm, secure, contented state. Regular meditation keeps us in a healing state.


Enjoy a cup of tea and engage all your five senses in the experience. Listen to the sound of pouring the tea, look at the colour and steam, feel the heat and texture of the cup, smell the tea, and taste it. This form of meditation or mindfulness will help bring you back to a healing state.


Eat a wide range of cooked and raw vegetables at every meal. You can also enjoy raw vegetables as a snack. Try vegetable soups, stir fries, salads, stews, casseroles and pickles. You can juice, steam, boil, fry or baked your vegetables to create more options.


Try pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, kimchee, miso soup, gherkins, natto or other fermented foods daily.


Get out every day for deep breathing and exercise. If you can enjoy a park, beach or the wilds you might find being in nature helps further.


Create a healthy, safe place to sleep. Make the room dark and move all electrical equipment at least 2 meters of 6 foot away from your bed. Try arranging your day to be asleep by 11pm.