My Top 5 Favorite Immune Boosters
As a young woman living with fibromyalgia and working with the general public, it is vitally important for me to boost my immune system! I use to catch every sickness both before and after everyone else had caught it. It seemed as though almost every season I was sick. There were times that maybe only 1 week out of the month I was fully healthy. Nobody wants to live life sick all the time; sometimes, our immune systems need help getting a kick-start. Here are just a few of my favorite immune boosters.
One of the first natural supplements I learned about (other than lot’s of orange juice) was Echinacea. I typically take it by drinking it as a tea, but it comes in capsules, lozanges, and extracts. Not only is it an immune-boosting supplement, it is also adaptogenic (stress-fighting/reducing).For centuries, Echinachea has been known to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, and has been said it reduces the length of a pesky cold.
I personally like drinking echinachea when I begin feeling the start of a cold, but I don’t prefer to drink it on a daily basis, it’s just not my favorite taste in the world. –I guess I could opt for capsules in the future.
Vitamin C is probably the most widely known immune booster out there. Growing up, we learned that vitamin C is vital to help our immune system. We were told to eat citrus fruits containing vitamin C. It’s so widely known that there are many juices on the market infused with extra vitamin C. Personally, I don’t drink most vitamin-infused drinks, because they are synthetic man-made vitamins.
My favorite form of getting vitamin C is drinking freshly-squeezed orange juice with acerola fruit mixed in it. Acerola fruit is a cherry-like fruit that contains more vitamin C than all other food sources. It’s amazing that such a tiny fruit, like acerola, has such a great benefit! The acerola is a tropical fruit, and is often hard to come by in certain areas; but, when you do find them, it’s like hitting the jack-pot!
If you’re someone who has a hard time remembering to take a vitamin or supplement, opt for diffusing essential oils in your home. I have switched completely over to aroma-therapy when I want to make my house smell fresh and clean, because many–if not most– essential oils contain antiviral and antibacterial properties to them.
The most widely used blend is a mixture of lavender, lemon, and peppermint, but here is a secondary list of single oils you could use:
- Tea Tree
- Wild Orange
At the end of the day, most essential oils are going to have an immune boosting effect. My favorite brand to use right now is Edens Garden because of how pure the essential oils are, and how affordable it is. I’ve included a link for the Immunity Synergy blend here.
I think that probiotics are becoming more and more popular, and rightly-so. It has been proven that our gut is the center of the immune system ( 70-80% of your digestive system is where immunity lies), and if you don’t have a healthy gut, then you won’t have a healthy body. The lining of the small intestines can easily become inflamed resulting in allergies, infections and the inability to fight off infection. Probiotics are the perfect remedy to this unwanted inflammation. Probiotics add healthy bacteria in the gut in order to restore a healthy digestive system. I would recommend Ultimate Flora because they have a larger amount of bacterial strands that help to restore healthy flora. I have provided two links below to their products.
This is a brand new discovery for me! I have been researching a little bit about elderberry and it’s benefits and it includes, but is not limited to
- Preventing a cold or flu
- Clears up sinus infections
- Natural diuretic
- Eases allergies
I’m still learning about this one myself, but the person who told me about it has had great benefits from taking just 1 tsp. of elderberry syrup a day to prevent infection.
With winter quickly approaching and flu season just around the corner, I like taking natural safe methods as an alternative to the flu shot.