“Health is wealth” is not just a saying but the truth. When we don’t have good health, we can’t get as much accomplished and our quality of life goes down. The foundation to having good health is our Immune system. In order for our immune system to function properly it must addressed as just that ” a system”. White blood cells, antibodies, and other components, including organs and lymph nodes, make up the body’s immune system. There many things that can and do compromise our immune system and affect our health.
Our immune system does a great job most of the time defending us against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Is it possible to stop this process and boost your immune system? What if you improve your diet? Take certain vitamins or herbal preparations? Make other lifestyle changes in the hope of aiding our bodies to produce a near-perfect immune response? The answer is YES!
As we enter the Cold and Flu season it is more important than ever to make sure you are doing the right things to help you body do its job of protecting you at it’s best. Here are a few things to consider integrating into your healthy habits.
Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy such as: Don’t smoke, do eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Do your best to get adequate sleep. Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly. Also, do your best to minimize stress. This is includes good stress. We all know these things but sometimes it helps to be reminded.
If you have done these things or at least some of them and you still feel like you can use a little extra help then adding in good supplements to your routine can help make a difference.
Just adding in one or two of these items can help to boost your immune system. We will first start with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Elderberry juice and Oregano oil. We will discuss how to combine some of these for a
“Natural Flu Shot”.
Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach. Vitamin C is also available as an oral supplement, typically in the form of capsules and chewable tablets. Your body needs it to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body’s healing process. There’s some evidence that when people who regularly take vitamin C supplements get a cold, the illness lasts fewer days and symptoms are less severe. Starting a vitamin C supplement only after you develop a cold is of no help. So, it is best to make it a part of your daily supplement regime.
Vitamin D helps our immune systems stay balanced during the cold and flu season. Low levels of vitamin D have also been associated with frequent infections. In 2009, the National Institute of Health warned that low vitamin D levels are associated with frequent colds and influenza. Our bodies produce vitamin D in response to sunlight. If we don’t get at least 15 minutes of sunlight exposure each day with out sunscreen to our arms and/ or legs then we are apt to be low in this crucial vitamin. The most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.
Probiotics promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria and have been linked to a wide range of health benefits. They are live microorganisms that can be consumed through fermented foods or supplements. More and more studies show that the balance or imbalance of bacteria in your digestive system is linked to overall health and disease. Studies of Probiotics have been shown to have potential benefits in the treatment or prevention of diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, H. pylori (the cause of ulcers), vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, recurrence of bladder cancer, eczema in children.
Elderberry clinical trials have been published on the ability of this dark berry to shorten the length of time we suffer from cold or flu symptoms. The black elderberry plant contains many small molecules known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are a class of secondary metabolite chemical often found in plants. Leafy vegetables, dark skinned fruits, wine and chocolate are among the many plant based foods rich in flavonoids. These flavonoids help fend off pathogens and allergens. Flavonoids also display high antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help prevent free radicals from damaging human cells. Taking Elderberry in liquid, capsule or even in gummies can not help prevent colds but help your allergies when taken on a daily basis.
Oregano Oil contains compounds called phenols, terpenes and terpenoids, which have powerful antioxidant properties and are responsible for its fragrance. Carvacrol, the most abundant phenol in oregano oil. It has been shown to stop the growth of several different types of bacteria. Thymol, a natural antifungal that can also support the immune system and protect against toxins. Rosmarinic acid, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against damage caused by free radicals. These compounds are thought to underlie oregano’s many health benefits.
Natural Flu Shot- When you are needing some extra help in fending off the Flu you can combine Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Oregano oil and Elderberry. Taken on a daily basis can help boost your immune system to help prevent you from getting sick especially when combined with the healthy habits described earlier in this article. If you start taking this combination after you have the Flu it has been shown to help shorten the duration of the illness. And enable you to recover more quickly.
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