It’s that time of year again! Yes, the temperature is dropping and so is the snow, but your immune system doesn’t have to. Now is the time to work on strengthening your immune system, naturally of course! With the help of herbs, foods, supplements and natural remedies, you can help build your immune system and hopefully avoid catching a cold or flu bug. If by chance, you do catch a virus, these supplements can also help to relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration or severity of the illness.
One thing that is simple yet often overlooked is your daily diet. Foods are used as fuel for your body. Selecting to eat foods rich in nutrients is important. You need to have a balance between protein, fats and carbohydrates. You should try to eat some raw foods and foods with color in order to feed all areas of your body. If your diet is rich in processed foods, sugars, caffeine or alcohol, you are doing a disservice to your health. You are weakening your body and are more likely to get sick.
Here are some suggestions to help you strengthen your immune system naturally.
- Eat your vegetables!
- Supplement with Vitamin C (with bioflavanoids)
- Garlic is a good choice when fighting viral and bacterial based infections.
- Bee propolis, sometimes called “Russian penicillin” has been found to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. You do want to be careful with bee propolis if you are allergic to bees or bee products.
- Herbs like Lomatium, Ground ivy, Rosehips, Olive leaf, Brazilian Peppertree, Echinacea, Usnea, Camu camu are all helpful with your typical cold or flu symptoms
- homeopathic remedies: Muco coccinum is an “Unda” product that is known to help prevent you from getting the flu but also can be used to fight the flu. If it is a chest cold with a bad cough then I’ll use Jut-U-Sin, a homeopathic cough syrup made by Dr. Reckeweg.
- Probiotics are a must. These are used to help your gut health. If you are not eliminating waste well, then you are intoxicating your body. Also, anyone who has had to take antibiotics should follow up with a good Human Micro Flora.
Regular daily exercise and fresh air will also keep your lymph moving and your immune system strong. If you can’t get outdoors for a brisk walk, try rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline), It is helpful even if it’s just 2-5 minutes, several times a day.
You should try to get 4 or 5 servings of vegetables each day. When you select vegetables of all colors you are getting a variety of nutrients along with a good source of dietary fiber. One or two servings of fruit is ideal, my favorites are the berries! Berries provide you with a good source of vitamin C and are high in antioxidants. Did you know it’s best to freeze berries? Freezing berries breaks the cell wall and releases more color pigments containing the beneficial bioflavanoids. It also makes it easy for you to have on hand and they are great in your morning smoothie!
To sum it up, eat well, reduce stress, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water and use your natural supplements to help build your immune system. Remember, keeping yourself healthy can protect you from more than just the flu.