If you have been feeling like you want to bolster your immune health recently, you’re not alone. Many gals still feel exhausted from the first wave of COVID hitting our world, but now there are the more contagious variants.
Now, more than ever, you can build your immune health with many productive and effective methods. If you’re trying to make moves away from playing “defense” with your immune health practices and want to move toward natural, pro-active methods that can actually make a difference in your preventative health, then focusing on adding in easy and natural practices to improving your immune health is a smart place to start.
Immune Boosting Herbs
There are an abundance of herbs that have a plethora of immune health benefiting characteristics.
Herbal supplements are considered as foods, not drugs, by the FDA. This means they are not required to have the same rigorous testing, manufacturing, labeling standards or regulations as over-the-counter or prescription drugs. So check your labels to make sure your are getting a quality herbal product.
Some herbs are known to be “pro-active medicine” to help your body fight off viruses. Other herbs give you some relaxation to wind down at the end of a long day, which indirectly supports the immune system.
Products made from plants which are used to treat diseases or to maintain health are called herbal products or botanical products. A more technical term is phytomedicines. A product made from plants which is used primarily for internal use is called an herbal supplement.
Herbs come in many forms: dried, chopped, capsule, powder, bath bomb, or liquid, and can be used in many different ways to promote and enhance a healthy life. You can start by adding just one herb into your life, whether it be through a supplement, topical, or diffuser, and see if you like the effects.
Some of the herbs that are at the top of the list for natural immune health include Elderberry, Echinacea, Ginger, Garlic, Ashwaganda, Reshi, and Holy Basil.
Elderberry is a very popular herb that has risen into the spotlight in the past few years due to its immune boosting properties. The berries and flowers of elderberry are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that are known to help support your immune system. Today, many women take elderberry supplements to treat cold and flu symptoms and help bolster their immune systems.
Another well known immune booster is Echinacea, also known as the coneflower. It stimulates the immune system to produce natural killer cells and other sickness-fighters. Many women take it at the first signs of a cold to help reduce symptoms.
It is fairly easy to add ginger and garlic into your favorite dishes to get additional immune support with your meal.
Ashwagandha and reishi both stimulate your infection fighting white blood cells. While holy basil activates the immune system and also fights viruses.
Take Your Vitamins (But Buy High Quality)
Lets face it, it is challenging to get all the immune supporting nutrients from our daily food intake, even while following a superfood plan. Getting the optimum vitamins and minerals that you need just through food is a lot of tracking… who has time for that?…
Taking high quality and super effective vitamins and minerals is the easiest way to be sure that you are getting all the nutrients that your body needs to reach an optimum, natural, and super-charged immune system.
But which vitamins and minerals are really important?…
Start with a high powered multi-vitamin, and then go from there to meet your specific health goals.
If you’re looking for anti-inflammatory remedies, try turmeric with black pepper to tame inflammation or Glucosamine Chondroitin for joint health.
For a brain boost try B vitamins like B6, B12, and B9 (folic acid), which all play a role in brain health. You can even add green tea into you day which naturally contains both L-theanine and caffeine, as well as antioxidants that may help your brain power and physical well-being.
Take a good look into the ingredients on the vitamin labels to be sure there are not a bunch of extra additives or sugars in the vitamins you’re considering.
$$ Value TIP $$: Check out the amount of vitamins per bottle and the daily recommended dosage. For example, a bottle of 80 gummy-vits may seem like a good deal, but they may have the daily dose at 4 gummies per day, so it is really only 20 days worth of supplement!
Essential Oils For Immune Health
Essential oils can be used for so many things, from getting better sleep, to improving your immune system, to reducing your anxiety… all which support your immune health.
There are also blends that are great for your skin, treating minor cuts, promoting relaxation, and also enhancing the immune system.
My favorite “go-to” essential oil for stress relief and relaxation is lavender. I use it in many areas of my life to give me a moment while I inhale the lavender aroma and let go of any built up stress. I’ve even added it to homemade playdough to keep the kids peaceful as they play.
Another one of my favorites is Thieves oil for immune support. I use this in my oil diffuser to fill my environment with health promoting scents. I even dilute it and spray it on my face mask before I go into public environments. The smell is soothing and I feel like I have a little extra protection in crowded public spaces.
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