9 Natural Immune Boosters to Keep Your Immune System Strong!

Support your immune system against unwanted invaders with supplements.

Immune system supplements help support the body in fine tuning its natural defense mechanisms and maintaining an environment favorable to good health.

Recently MindBodyGreen posted “5 Quick & Easy Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System.

We will take it a step further and and 4 more, but we agree you should get plenty of sleep, drink lots of liquids, and take your immune system supplements!

Echinacea

The root and leaves of this purple coneflower have been used for centuries by American Indians and Europeans to boost immunity. Echinacea triggers the body’s white blood cells to attack unwanted invaders. According to research, it can significantly increase the body’s white blood cell count. Specifically, this herb increases the body’s count of T-cells, interferon, interleukin and immunoglobulin.

Vitamin C

Many of us hit the orange juice or eat extra oranges or grapefruits during the winter months. Citrus and other red fruits and veggies (red peppers, strawberries and even leafy greens) contain vitamin C, which helps protect and support the immune system. It also strengthens the cardiovascular system, supports eye health and more.

Vitamin D3

Researchers are studying this nutrient to find out how it helps support immunity. It appears to help regulate the function of lymphocytes (an important type of white blood cells), the production of cytokines (another key white blood cell) and the activity of macrophages (protein messengers vital to immune function).

Garlic

Garlic stimulates the production of important white blood cells. Garlic also helps quench free radicals in the bloodstream. It even supports heart health.

Elderberry

The western US and Canada are home to the Sambucus nigraor elderberry. Its properties have been studied by many scientists. It contains principals that stimulate the body to make cytokines, a type of protein molecule that enhances the immune system’s response to attacks. This dark-colored berry also contains powerful antioxidants, including anthocyanins.

Mushrooms

Researchers have found that reishi mushrooms contain chemicals that offer a host of immune benefits, including boosting the immune system and offering lung support.

Zinc

This essential trace mineral supports the body’s immunity and aids with nerve function. Zinc seems to work the best when taken at the first sign of concern.

Olive Leaf

The leaves of this Mediterranean staple offer a powerhouse of protection against unwanted invaders. Olive leaf contains a bitter compound called oleuropein that also provides fabulous support to the circulatory system. And it battles free radical damage.

Probiotics (Friendly flora, or bacteria)

Believe it or not, your gut is a key part of your immune system. And eating plenty of friendly bacteria (probiotics) helps strengthen your immunity! A recent study published in Postgraduate Medicine found that women who took a daily probiotic had higher levels of T-cells. T-cells are special white blood cells that support the immune system.

Probiotic supplements can influence your overall health in many ways. Probiotics, better known as good bacteria, help counter the body’s lack of gut flora. Most people view bacteria as harmful, disease-causing microorganisms that attack the body when in fact, probiotics do a great job at fighting infectious, harmful bacteria.

Many of us lack healthy amounts of gut flora required for optimal digestive health. These good bacteria need to be replenished and are a nutrient that the body regularly needs. Very few foods offer a natural source of probiotics. Those that do are fermented foods such as yogurt, soy drinks and miso. However, most of these foods do not contain therapeutic doses of probiotics. Be sure to read the labels as some yogurts offer very minimal amounts of friendly flora. Consider taking a quality probiotic supplement.

When the body lacks the good bacteria needed to digest efficiently and effectively, other body systems are affected. Most noticeably affected might be the immune system. Digestive stress or improper digestion withholds essential nutrients from the life-sustaining immune system. Furthermore, probiotics play a role in fighting off harmful bacteria.

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11 Tips for Preventing a Cold or Flu

It’s getting to be that time of year again, here are 11 tips for preventing a cold or flu

 

  1. Wash and Dry Your Hands Regularly

It goes without saying that washing your hands with soap and warm water is the most important thing you can do to prevent getting sick.

 

  1. Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs

Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow instead of covering with your hands.

 

  1. Avoid Touching Your Face

Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth.

 

  1. Exercise

Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood and can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell that attacks viruses.

 

  1. Eat the Right Food

Cut back on sugary and fatty foods, and increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Proper nutrition provides the body with the elements it needs to fight the battle.

 

  1. Don’t Smoke

If there weren’t enough reason not to smoke, heavy smokers get more frequent and severe colds, because smoke dries out nasal passages and destroys cilia, in your nose that sweep cold and flu viruses out of the nasal passages.

 

  1. Cut Out Alcohol and Drink More Water

Instead, reach for water, which is important to fight the dehydrating effects of dry winter air.

Alcohol on the other hand, suppresses the part of the immune system that protects you from getting sick and the part that fights germs already in your system.

  1. Smile and Relax More

Research has found that happiness, laughter and pleasurable activities boost the immune response. So participate in relaxation practices, watch a good comedy, kick back at the lake or  get a massage.

 

  1. Get Enough Sleep

While you sleep your body repairs cells and injuries from a normal day’s wear and tear. Research shows adults should get between seven to nine hours of sleep a night, this allows your body to repair and heal itself and ward off infections.

 

  1. Break Your Germy Habits

No double dipping in the chip and dip bowl, not only is it germy but it’s down right disgusting.

 

  1. Sanitize

Door handles, stair railings, computer keyboards, phones, toothbrushes, restaurant menus, grocery carts, gas pumps and remote controls are known germ hotspots that should be cleaned and sanitized.

 

The more tips you can incorporate into your routine, the better this cold season will go for you!  Please let us know if you have any questions or need help deciding what you need to do to improve your immune system or overall health.

 

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This information is intended to provide helpful educational and informative material. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem or condition or is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health.

Tips to Keep Your Immune System Strong!

Our world is full of a variety of things that can cause injury or destroy health. When your immune system is strong, operating in peak condition, life is good, and you don’t think much about it. But when you’re under attack, and your immune defenses and resources are stretched thin, it can be a bad day.

A few tips to keep your immune system strong:

  • eat a healthful diet
  • get plenty of sleep
  • exercise regularly
  • wash your hands and body often
  • avoid stress where you can
  • drink plenty of water

 

Your skin serves as a barrier that protects your internal organs, tissues and cells from damage. It also protects against temperature extremes. It provides decent protection against invaders as long as we keep it fairly clean.

 

Invaders can penetrate the body through your eyes, nose and mouth. And when they do, your internal immune system defenses jump into action.

 

Your tonsils also can trap foreign bodies ingested or inhaled and begin to break them down. These small lumps of lymph tissue produce white blood cells to help in these “border breaches.”

White blood cells (lymphocytes) are made in the bone marrow and have the ability to move throughout the body. Divided into two categories: T-cells and B-cells. Simply put, T-cells can help coordinate defensive maneuvers in the body or attack invaders they don’t recognize. B-cells can attack invaders and neutralize toxins.

 

It’s important to note that excess sugar decreases immunity for up to five hours. Researchers have found that consuming 20 teaspoons of sugar (approximately 2.5 cans of soda) can reduce the germ-killing ability of lymphocytes by 40%.

 

Support your immune system against unwanted invaders with supplements. Immune system supplements help support the body in fine tuning its natural defense mechanisms and maintaining an environment favorable to good health. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of liquids, and take your immune system supplements!

 

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This information is intended to provide helpful educational and informative material. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem or condition or is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health.