Here is a list of immune boosting essentials that we stock our medicine cabinet and refrigerator with:
1. Elderberry Syrup
2. Vitamin C
I also highly recommend following Dr Tennpenny’s Vitamin C protocol by clicking here. (It is listed as a protocol for whooping cough but the safety protocol should be followed while increasing the vitamin when sick).
3. Vitamin D
4. Magnesium, Magnesium Flakes, & Epsom Salt
5. Fresh Organic Cold-Pressed Green Juice
As a side note, juice is the most beneficial when consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. When convenient, juicing at home is best as the juice is fresh and has less time to oxidize. The longer the juice sits, the properties will be less beneficial. It is also important to use a cold pressed juicer so the juice’s nutrients stay in tact and don’t get cooked from any type of heat.
After trying out a couple of juicers, I found that the Aicook Cold Press Juicer is the best value for the price. On the days I don’t have time to juice, I drink Suja juice. I prefer the Uber Greens but there are many different juice combinations that they offer. Note: Drinking fruit juice while fighting off a cold is not recommended due to the sugar content as sugar feeds bacteria and works against the immune system.
6. Colodial Silver
7. Essential Oils
Essential oils, when used topically, penetrate the skin on a cellular level thru receptors and promote healing. “Receptors are protein molecules that have binding sites on them for different types of molecules. When an external molecule finds a binding site it fits in, it communicates with your brain through electrical signals. These signals can go to your muscles, organs, or—in the case of your olfactory receptors—the amygdala, which is involved in the emotions you experience. Some familiar receptors are your taste buds. When you eat, the food or drink interacts with saliva, and molecules bind to the taste receptors in your mouth. These receptors come in contact with nerve cells, which communicate a particular flavor to your brain.” Click here to learn more about this.
8. Oil of Oregano
– Sunbiotics – This brand is great for children. It tastes great and is organic. The vanilla tastes like marshmallow in my opinion and there is a banana flavor our children love too. We tend to alternate between the 2 flavors.
Echinacea is a great immune boosting herb and should be taken during the first signs of a cold. It is important to only take this supplement for a short period of time as long term use could be detrimental. Echinacea increases your white blood cell count to help fight infections and can cause an auto-immune response if it is used on a regular basis. As far as having this supplement on hand, here are a few options:
– Naturally Darling elderberry syrup currently offers an option to add it at no extra cost. Make sure to enter code: THEHOLISTICFASHIONISTA1 for a 10% off discount off the elderberry kits.
– Lume’s Immune Boost Organic Herbal Infusion also adds additional herbs that have their own immune boosting, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. The herbs help the body flush out toxins, replenish with healing nutrients, stimulate the immune system, calm inflammation, and ease stress. These infusions can be added to water or a smoothie and taste great. Lume’ and I have partnered together and they are offering my subscribers 15% off using code: LUMEJENNA15 (and this is off of all of her products and not just the Immune Boost).
– Organic Echinacea Root Extract by Herb Pharmacy is a trusted brand of liquid echinacea that can be taken with or without mixing it in a drink.
– Purium’s Immune Shield for Kids is one of my favorites that I have been using for the kids for over a year. Each time our child was exposed to someone who was sick, I would have them take this and miraculously, they wouldn’t get sick. If you are interested in purchasing Immune Shield by Purium, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free $50 gift card code (seriously!)
13. Manuka honey
16. Raw Garlic
17. Baking Soda
Ginger is a root that has been used for thousands of years for it’s medicinal properties. It’s antibacterial properties have been used to not only boost the immune system but to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and cholesterol, relive nausea, motion sickness, and pain. It is also used in cooking. When sick, I highly recommend creating the “shot” with the ingredients listed under the Ginger subtitle. While fresh ginger is the best option, a powder form is the next best choice. If you are purchasing powdered ginger for cooking purposes, I recommend Simply Organic’s Ginger. If you are purchasing for a supplement, I recommend Pure Syngery’s SuperPure Ginger Organic Extract.
19. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is mostly apple juice. When yeast is added, it turns the sugar in the juice into alcohol. The bacteria then turns the alcohol into acetic acid and this is called fermentation. ACV is fermented and as you read above, fermented foods have so so many benefits other than just boosting the immune system. ACV can even help you lose weight! It is full of probiotics and as you have learned up above, probiotics are vital for healthy gut flora to fight off any virus or infection. My favorite brand is Dr. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
20. Chlorella & Spirulina
Chlorella and Spirulina are both essentially green algae grown in fresh water. Both are packed with vitamins and minerals and are excellent choices when used to boost the immune system, detox heavy metals and helps with lowering blood sugar. Both Chlorella and Spirulina are great to add to a smoothie and have such high antioxidant properties when used topically. I have even created a facemask using spirulina and avocado that left my skin feeling baby soft. Here are a few of my choices for each: Bio Chlorella Tablets, Bio Chlorella Powder, and Nutrex Pure Spirulina. Now lets talk Vir-U-Sure by Purium, This supplement contains a few different herbs to help prevent the body from getting a virus. It includes red algae, spirulina, olive leaf extract, and oregano oil. The combination of these herbs are so powerful when fighting off foreign pathogens. If you are interested in purchasing Vir-U-Sure by Purium, you can email me at email@example.com for a free $50 gift card code (seriously!)
Cayenne pepper improves circulation and fights against bacteria and viruses. It is great to relieve pain associated with a sore throat while also assisting in clearing up congestion. A great recipe for a remedy is listed above under Garlic. I prefer Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper.
22. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is a “toxin trapper.” It works by trapping toxins/chemicals in the gut to prevent them from getting absorbed. Activated charcoal cannot be absorbed in the body and is a great option to use for any type of detox or stomach bug. Many also use it as a teeth whitener too. So while it is not an immune booster specifically, it helps to assist the body in detoxing so that the immune system can do it’s job. Activated Charcoal is also a great “hangover reducer.” I have linked Smart Solution’s Organic Charcoal Powder and it can be used for teeth whitening or added to water. For our children, we would tell them we made a “Spooky Halloween drink” and it honestly doesn’t have much if any flavor to it. For adults, I linked the NaturaLife Labs Organic Activated Charcoal as it can be taken in capsule form.
Lemons are antiviral and antibacterial. They can prevent bacterial growth and infections while boosting the immune system. They are full of antioxidants and known to relieve nausea. Lemons also alkaline the body so squeezing lemon into your drinking water will kick your immune system into gear.
24. Coconut Oil
I will never forget the moment someone told me that they add coconut oil on their toast and the oil helps them to lose weight. On one hand I thought it might taste terrible and on the other hand I had no idea that coconut oil could be used for this purpose. So in my attempt to lose weight, I purchased some at the grocery store and was pleasantly surprised. I loved the flavor. Coconut Oil is full of lauric acid and together this oil will boost both the metabolism (to help lose weight) and the immune system with it’s antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Like baking soda, it has so many purposes. You can use it in baking to replace unhealthy oils or butter, topically as a moisturizer, or as make-up remover. It can be added to smoothies or in my case, toast. Okay, all jokes aside, I cannot live without it. I prefer to use the Kirkland’s Coconut Oil if I am consuming it and the Molivera Organics Fractioned Coconut Oil if I am using it topically to dilute my essential oils.
Okay so you probably weren’t expecting this to be my last natural remedy on this post but it is always a good idea to visit your chiropractor for an adjustment to help boost your immune system. When our spine is out of alignment, it can affect our regular immune function negatively. I have known many who walk into the chiropractor with a runny nose and 30 minutes later, can finally breathe again due to their adjustment.
Now that we know better, we do better. Together we can demand better from our medical providers. Let’s concentrate on healing our body from within rather than suppressing symptoms from our body’s illness. Let’s ask questions of what may be the root cause of an illness. Is it our unhealthy and or toxic food choices? Is it our unsafe toxic cosmetics or polluted air? What is causing the problem? Let’s demand answers.
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