I swear, since the winter hit so have the illnesses; they’re everywhere. Since it’s that lovely time of year, thought I’d share a few ways you can help your immune system fight off these bad boys and I’m not just talking about eating some oranges people. For instance, did you know that Mushrooms help fight infection and Peppers and Dark veggies have a TON of vitamin C?
I’m compiled a list of 35 natural ways that you can help to boost your immunity. Luckily, many of them are very easy to incorporate into daily life through foods, vitamins & my detox bath. Enough of my chit chat, onto the list. Stay healthy Friends!
Boost your immunity through food:
- Beef: Zinc, which is found in beef, is an immunity-bolstering mineral. Zinc in your diet is very important for the development of white blood cells, the intrepid immune system cells that recognize and destroy invading bacteria, viruses, and assorted other bad guys. (Prevention)
- Honey: It’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. (BenefitsofHoney.com)
- Tea: People who drank 5 cups a day of black tea for 2 weeks had 10 times more virus-fighting interferon in their blood in a Harvard study. The amino acid that’s responsible for this immune boost, L-theanine, is abundant in both black and green tea—decaf versions have it, too. (Prevention)
- Oatmeal/Barley: These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities. It boosts immunity, speeds wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better. (Prevention)
- Citrus: A single orange contains 100% of the daily value of vitamin C, a nutrient that’s important for a healthy immune system. Oranges and other citrus have a natural compound called limonin that’s been shown to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to boost your health right now, here’s some simple advice: eat more oranges. (EatHealthyYourWay)
- Yogurt: Probiotics found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. In an 80-day Swedish study of 181 factory employees, those who drank a daily supplement of Lactobacillus reuteri—a specific probiotic that appears to stimulate white blood cells—took 33% fewer sick days than those who took a placebo. (Prevention)
- Ginger: Ginger can ease a queasy stomach and give a zap to your immune system. Ginger has a warming effect on the body and helps circulation problems. Ginger is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. (lunchboxbunch.com)
- Mushrooms: If you want your body to fight infection you need to eat foods that can increase the activity and new production of white blood cells. Mushrooms are that food. (NaturalBlaze.com)
- Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain large doses of vitamin A. Our skin needs good mounts of vitamin A to keep it healthy. When the largest organ in your body is healthy, you have a much better chance of staving off infection. (NaturalBlaze.com)
- Garlic: Garlic contains allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. (Prevention)
- Fish: Selenium, plentiful in shellfish such as oysters, lobsters, crabs, and clams, helps white blood cells produce cytokines-proteins that help clear flu viruses out of the body. Salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections. (Prevention)
- Black Pepper: It’s ironic that black pepper — the spice best known for making you sneeze — can ward off the sniffles. Black peppercorns are high in piperine, a compound known for its anti-fever and pain-relieving qualities. (HuffingtonPost)
Get your Vitamin C
One easy way to get some extra is by drinking lemon water, plus it has 9 other benefits! I drink lemon water daily (and almost exclusively aside from my coffee) and now that I’m in the habit of drinking it, I’m hooked. Check out the full list of benefits here
Sources of Vitamin C: You can also add “C” to your diet through vitamins & a variety of foods. If you’re thinking I’m just talking about Oranges, I’m not…though they are a yummy way to get some vitamins and one of the foods I prefer.
Here’s a handy chart of Vitamin C foods that you may (or may not) realize are packed with C
My “reset” button
With this Detox bath recipe (which is so simple to add to your regular bath) you can sweat out the toxins & then replenish your body with good ol’ H2O and healthy foods.
Essential Oils: I’ve been using Essential Oils for some time now, for everything from cleaning to beauty and even health. I was using so many of them that I eventually ended up signing up to resell them. I’ll be totally honest here; I’m not looking to make a buck…I just wanted the discount for myself. I will, however, share the essential oil blend I use throughout the winter to prevent & shorten illnesses. It’s called OnGuard. I put 2 drops in a rollerball along with a carrier oil like sweet almond (You can use a bunch of other oils too) & apply to my families feet (then put socks on) and i also diffuse it in my essential oil diffuser; just a few drops needed plus its a good seasonal smell, so double benefit there.
Here’s a link to my DoTerra store if you want to learn more about the individual oils, including OnGuard. Note: If using on children you MUST dilute this, in a 10ml rollerball I fill it with oil & then add just 2 drops of this.
Again, not pushing anything, that’s So not my style, but this is honestly what I use everyday & I swear by it during cold and flu season.
* I’m not a Dr of course, this is for informational purposes & I’m not suggesting that any of these will completely prevent anything. If you have a health condition or are pregnant you should check with your Dr before changing your health routine (like the detox bath). That being said, I have used many of these & haven’t been as sick (or caught as many illness as when I wasn’t doing them).