Finally all of my favorite things are listed in one place! Thanks Aubrey! Share this amazing list with your friends and family for kicking the sick and building up your immune system.
Immune Builders 101
With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, along with erratic weather (at least in Florida- 50s? 70s?), you’re probably doing your best to keep your family out of the doctor’s office. If you’re searching for some natural ways to prevent or kick the cold, try these:
Drink water. Get good rest. Simple. Seriously effective.
2. Take Probiotics
If you haven’t found a strict regiment for taking probiotics, now would be a good time to start. They will help build immunity within your gut by activating “killer” T Cells. What are killer T Cells? They are cells within your body that are called into action and kill off any germs or infectious cells.
3. Bone Broth
It’s often said that you should eat chicken noodle soup whenever you get a cold. Well it’s for good reason; bone broth has been a staple of a gut-healing diet. The nutrition found within the bone broth can be easily digested, provides tons of useful minerals, and the warm soup is an enjoyable experience for anyone suffering with the sickies (or to promote wellness).
4. Amp up the Elderberry
The Snap Mom has recommended a variety of ways that you can take elderberry. Elderberries have antiviral and natural fever-reducing properties that fight against multiple strands of influenza and other viruses, reducing your sick days. Make popsicles, make gummies, take vitamins, or just take the syrup.
*It’s not recommended for those with blood clotting disorders due to its potency.
5. Diffuse Essential Oils
Have you seen everyone writing “EO” all over the place? Now, you’re in on the secret = essential oils. Hook up some peppermint and eucalyptus in your diffuser, and keep the air in your home smelling fresh and fighting infectious microbes.
6. Lemon EO
Whenever I start feeling sick, I add lemon essential oil to my water. Especially hot water. Like hot chamomile tea. For those who are already experiencing flu-like symptoms, try a drop of Oregano oil in an empty capsule to be taken like a vitamin. (Internal use is not for children, and I only recommend taking once for three days as an adult).
7. Raw Honey
I use raw organic unfiltered honey. This will especially help with allergies and inflammation.
9. Garlic & Leeks
I am a garlic lover. I think I have three heads of fresh garlic on my counter right now. I’m not even sure that I can use all of that, but at least I won’t be without it. Increase your usage of raw garlic. Vitamins found in raw garlic include Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, Fiber and some Calcium, Copper and Potassium. Garlic is a great antibiotic. Summing up Hippocrates, food is medicine. Along with garlic, leeks have powerful influence on our gut health as well. Pre-biotics, like leeks and the stalks of broccoli, increase the diversity of the microbes within our gut, as I discovered when reading The Wild World Within article by Gretel H. Schueller in Eating Well Magazine. Take my word- eat that stuff. DON’T try to take the easy way out and juice it. :/
Know how they say feed the cold and starve the fever? That’s kind of what we are trying to do here. It’s just that we are trying to feed your body the right things. Sugar and caffeine might taste good for a moment, but they won’t do anything to help your body get back to optimum health. Try a green juice, instead. Drink any variety of green vegetable (kale, spinach, broccoli, arugula, etc.) and mix it with a few other flavorful components to enhance the taste. I like carrots, apples, ginger and lemon. Green juice should be taken on an empty stomach. You should also spend a few seconds swishing it in your mouth before swallowing to release the enzymes needed to break it down during digestion.
+ My final immune builder suggestion, which is my number one go-to when I start feeling the first signs of a cold, is exercise. There is nothing like sweating those toxins out during a run or a hot yoga session. Sometimes, that is all your body needs to get back on track.
Good luck! Stay healthy, and wash your hands!
Aubrey is a part-time writer and full-time nanny. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a magazine journalism degree. She is passionate about travel, health, and yoga.