Strengthening Your Immunity: Essential Supplements and Tips
As we transition from summer to fall, one thing becomes abundantly clear: our immune system deserves our utmost attention. In recent years, we've come to appreciate just how crucial it is to maintain a robust immune system. Our immune system is like a well-oiled machine, comprised of various components working harmoniously to protect us from viruses, bacteria, and other invaders. With the change in seasons and the potential for illnesses to spike, now is the perfect time to take stock of what you have in your wellness toolkit and ensure you're prepared for the upcoming months.
In this post, I'll provide you with a comprehensive overview of immune-supporting supplements to consider stocking in your natural health medicine cabinet. Whether you're interested in fortifying your immune defences or preparing for travel, these tips and suggestions will help you establish a solid foundation for maintaining your health. Keep in mind that supplements are most effective when complemented by a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Understanding Immune Health Year-Round
It's essential to recognize that we can fall ill at any time of the year. Viruses and bacteria are ever-present, lurking in our daily interactions, whether it's through relationships, dining in restaurants, using public restrooms, or attending schools and universities. The back-to-school season and winter often witness more illnesses because of increased social contact and reduced sun exposure, which plays a crucial role in immune support.
The Daily Basics: A Strong Foundation
You must establish a sturdy base to ensure your body stands strong against potential threats.
Good Quality Multivitamin: A comprehensive multivitamin can help cover your nutritional bases.
For kids aged 1+: Herbal Multi
Zinc: This trace mineral is vital for the optimal functioning of your immune system.
B12 (adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin): the body relies on B12 for tens of thousands of daily functions, and when experiencing any kind of illness, your body utilizes the B12 rapidly.
Spirulina: This superfood strengthens the immune system and has natural iodine, an effective antiseptic against viral cells.
If hiding this powder in smoothies isn't for you. Consider capsules, then.
Vitamin C: An antioxidant that nourishes your immune system; supplementation may be necessary based on your diet and stress levels. Freshly squeezed orange juice is a great remedy to drink while sick!
Vitamin D: In winter, consider supplementation if you lack sufficient sun exposure.
Supplements for Cold and Flu Season
Prepare yourself with these supplements for acute care when you're fighting off a cold or flu.
Garlic: Known for its antiviral properties, consume raw garlic cloves, ideally crushed, and consider mixing with honey for a tasty remedy.
Eat one or two cloves of raw garlic daily.
You can also add to fresh pressed juice or Tumeric Ginger Shots
Elderberry Syrup: This syrup helps moderate and balance the immune system while replenishing the body.
Thyme Tea: contains a phytochemical compound that is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-mold, anti-yeast, and anti–fungus.
Recipe: 2 sprigs of fresh thyme + 10-16 oz hot water + optional: fresh lemon and/or raw honey
Lemon Balm: Effective against infections and soothing to the nerves, stomach, and intestines.
Propolis: is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial medicinal tool
Cat's Claw: one of the most powerful antivirals on the planet. The best tool against viruses, sinus infections, sore throats, earaches, UTIs, bloating, SIBO, IBS, migraines, lung infections, etc.
Note: not safe during pregnancy
Bonus Products for Your Health Arsenal
Consider adding these products to your natural health medicine cabinet:
Homeopathic First Aid Kit - Great for infants to adults. I highly recommend having homeopathic on hand.
For Infant & Children:
Ear Oil, Propolis Throat Spray, Elderberry Syrup (can all be found here)
Zelderberry™ Lozenges: Contains Elderberry & Zinc
Mushroom Immune: Immune-boosting blend of eight beneficial medicinal mushrooms to help boost your natural immunity, provide energy, & fortify with antioxidants.
Sinus Support: Perfect for relieving nasal congestion and promoting clear airways.
Note: don't use while pregnant
HisPro: blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, enzymes, and botanicals that can be very helpful if batteling a really bad cold or flu.
Explore the Immune Fighter Protocol at my Canadian Online Dispensary for those looking for a more budget-friendly option. The Natural Medicine Cabinet products can also be found on My Favourite Products Page.
By proactively building a well-stocked natural health medicine cabinet, you can ensure you and your family are prepared for any health challenges that may arise. Remember that these supplements are most effective when accompanied by a healthy diet and lifestyle. Here's to a strong and resilient immune system, ready to tackle whatever comes your way!
Note: Always check with your healthcare provider if a supplement is safe for you. Not all supplements are safe for everyone. It all depends if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have any illness, are on medication, etc.