This year it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to strengthening our immune systems naturally. Using certain herbs, foods, supplements and homeopathic remedies can help you avoid catching a cold or flu and build your immune system. If you do catch a virus, they can help relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration and severity of the illness.
What most people don’t realize is how much your daily diet has an impact on the strength of your immune system. If you or your child are eating sweets daily, processed foods, junk food, drinking soda or other sweetened beverages regularly, you are weakening your immunity and will be more likely to catch virus’s. One teaspoon of sugar (soda has about 9-11 tbsp.) can weaken your immune system for 4 hours. I believe that this is why so many people are now having an extreme difficulty fighting illnesses. (Besides repeated antibiotic use)
Try eating more vegetables, at least 4-5 servings a day! Along with eggs for breakfast, how about a few pieces of steamed asparagus, some spinach, squash or a few tomato slices. Have a salad with lunch, and at least two vegetables with dinner. Fresh fruit can also bolster vitamin C and help build resistance.
Eat berries daily! Especially frozen – freezing berries breaks the cell wall and releases more color pigments containing the beneficial bioflavanoids. Avoid all white flour (eat only WHOLE grains), baked goods, sugary cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, and sweets. You’ll feel so much stronger than you realize!
Good Natural Vitamins a MUST!
It is very important to take a good quality, plant-based not synthetic, multi-vitamin/ mineral supplement daily which supplies you with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, proanthocyanadines, bioflavanoids, green foods, enzymes and more.
Taking 2000-4000 mg. of Vitamin C every day will help you fight infections. Eating garlic regularly or taking odorless garlic capsules helps fight viral, bacterial, and yeast infections. Bee propolis is known as Russian penicillin and is often found in natural vitamin supplements. It is collected by bees to protect the hives from infection.
I HIGHLY recommend using Super Antioxidants daily! Not only because they help reduce the signs of aging, along with aches and pains, but they can greatly increase your immune system, being 20 – 50 times more potent than Vitamin C and E!
(purple coneflower) herbal extract regularly can help you avoid or reduce the severity and duration of viral illnesses. 40 drops for an adult taken 4-6 times a day at the first sign of a cold can help you build up your immune system and you might just avoid it altogether. Olive Leaf extract can be used to support our lungs when fighting upper respiratory infections, sinus, strep and throat infections! Those with autoimmune diseases should consider using Astragalus instead of Echinacea to strengthen the spleen and immune system. It is a safe, long term immune system tonic.
Oil of Oregano
My favorite is a high-quality, full-strength Oil of Oregano. It is a very powerful agent and when used will assist the body in its fight against bacterial, viral,parasitic, and fungal infections. I recommend keeping some on hand! It’s an excellent general tonic and immune stimulant. You can take one or two capsules a day, or place one or two drops of the oil under the tongue to go immediately into the blood and lymph system. 4-5 drops can also be placed in juice and taken several times a day. This very well could be your best offense when it comes to the flu!
Therapeutic value of Colloidal Silver
Also consider using Colloidal Silver for excellent anti-viral protection! It works great in helping to reduce the symptoms of colds and flu. The body has an innate ability to rejuvenate and restore itself to optimum health. When taken daily, Colloidal Silver acts as an optimal immune system supporter by helping the body fight invaders. Medical tests indicate no known adverse effects from the use of properly prepared Colloidal Silver, and there has never been a recorded case of drug interaction with any other medication. The body does not develop a tolerance to Colloidal Silver and no allergic reaction has ever been recorded.
How Colloidal Silver Works
The presence of Colloidal Silver near an invader disables its oxygen-metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the invader suffocates and dies, and is cleared out of our bodies by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, which destroy beneficial enzymes, Colloidal Silver leaves these tissue-cell enzymes intact, as they are radically different than those enzymes of primitive single-celled life. Thus, Colloidal Silver is absolutely safe for humans,reptiles, plants and all multi-celled living matter.
Not to be underestimated is the value of maintaining good colon health. The Chinese have long equated respiratory problems with poor bowel function. If waste product is not beingremoved in a timely fashion then toxins build up in the body, and particularly the respiratory system. Be sure to take herbs which perform a good bowel detox, as well as keep the intestines in fighting shape with friendly bacteria, such as acidophilus or bifidophilus. Enzymes are a must. Take a broad spectrum enzyme combination, both with meals and between meals.
Regular daily exercise and fresh air will also keep your lymph moving and your immune system strong. Try rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline) everyday, even if it’s just 2-5 minutes, several times a day. Be sure to wear a hat when out in the cold. Getting plenty of sleep and daily relaxation to reduce stress will also help. Keeping your self strong and healthy protects you from the ills that may ail you.
Nutritional Dietary Supplements
I have been taking dōTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Pack of supplements now for about 3 months, and boy am I glad that they were one of the first items I ordered! dōTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality supplements (or LLV) are formulated with potent levels of essential nutrients for the best health, energy and longevity.
What does that mean for me and you?
- I have more energy
- I don’t get sick quite as often, and if I do my body is healthier to fight the illness
- I am more healthy (shiney hair, radient skin, etc…)
- Even when I may not eat as well as I should, I know my body is getting the nutrients it needs
- Being healthier = long life
- I sleep better
- I have less pain issues
Let’s take a peek at the 3 different supplements in the LLV:
FOOD NUTRIENT COMPLEX:
dōTERRA’s Microplex vMz is an all-natural, whole-food formula of vitamins and minerals. I like that they are so complete, that way I know I am getting everything my body needs even when I don’t eat quite right! This supplement also contains a balanced blend of vitamins A, C and E and those oh so important vitamin B’s!! It has your minerals too: calcium, magnesium and zinc + 72 organic trace minerals for our bones and metabolism. And this baby is rounded out with a whole food blend of cayeene, kelp, horsetail powder and all tied up with a pretty bow of tummy tamer ingredients of peppermint, ginger and caraway seed, so there is no issues with this little supplement going down!
This is your foundation y’all…the nuts and bolts of any good vitamin/mineral supplement that supports and aids your body in all its functions.
ESSENTIAL OIL OMEGA COMPLEX:
First off this supplement has CPTG essential oils in it y’all!! Yes, you heard right, I get them everyday wether I remember or not. Let’s list them: Frankincense, clove, wild orange, thyme, ginger, caraway, german chamomile, cumin and peppermint. They blend all the EO’s with our necessary essential fatty acids that come from flax, borage, cranberry and pomegranate seed oils AND marine lipids too!! It also includes some good for you vitamin D & E. So why do I take this one?? It supports my heart, bones, joints, immune system and brain which enables them to be healthy and kickin!!
CELLULAR VITALITY COMPLEX:
This supplement is a cellular blend of plant extracts. Yes, plants…such as boswellic acids, silymarin, curcumin, ginkgo, bromelain enzyme, carotenoids and powerful polyphenols including resveratrol, ellagic acid, baicalin and proanthocyanidins from grape seeds. quercetin, coenzyme Q10, alpha-lipoic acid, and acetyl-l-carnitine. That is a mouthful…yes…I cheated and looked at the bottle!! Again, dōTERRA has packed as much health and vitality as they can into this little supplement. From this supplement my body is supported to maintain good cell health and from good cell health we have abundant ENERGY BABY!
It takes me maybe 15 seconds to take my LLV supplements in the morning. And I feel confident that coupled with all of the good for you tips above and using dōTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Supplements, that I will be supported to live a life of health and wellness…even through the Cold & Flu season!
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This article was written by Kat from Simply-Living-Simply and can be viewed here.