Flu season is finally upon us, and we know no one wants to get the flu, especially after last year’s rough season, but how do we protect ourselves? Fortifying your immune system is one of the best ways to help prevent the flu and other sicknesses, and it can help make it easier for your body to fight off anything it does come into contact with. There are many ways to naturally increase your immune system, and we’ll cover a few of them in this article.
One of the most common things people think of when it comes to preventing and treating cold and flu viruses is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a great choice and it does help increase immunity. However, there are many other vitamins and herbs that can also boost your immune system. Vitamin B6 is a great vitamin to add into your immune-boosting routine, along with vitamin E. Vitamin B6 helps support the immune system, and a B6 deficiency can even cause your body to produce less antibodies which can lead to decreased immunity. Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant that helps fight off free radicals and prevent them from causing damage, and it also boosts your immune system, making it easier for your body to protect itself.
Some herbs and spices that are good for boosting immune system include astragalus, olive leaf, cinnamon, garlic, and turmeric, among many others. Astragalus can help support the immune system while also increasing your body’s ability to deal with stress. Olive leaf contains antioxidants that protect your body, plus it can help boost heart health. Garlic is another tasty spice/food that is an anti-inflammatory, an immune system booster, and might even shorten colds. Last but certainly not least, turmeric can help fight inflammation, and it can help protect the liver and other organs from toxins.
Around seventy percent of your immune system resides in the gut, so if your gut is not functioning properly, or if you have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria (which is a very common issue) then your immune system likely isn’t functioning at optimal levels. Adding back in the good bacteria helps crowd out the bad bacteria, leading to enhanced digestion, less constipation and bloating, and increased immunity. Eating fermented foods like kimchi can help replace some of that bacteria, but the easiest and most effective solution is taking a probiotic. Supplementing with probiotics can also help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety because many of our mood hormones are produced in the gut. You’ll be amazed at how much probiotics can improve your overall health.
Recommended Products for Immune Health:
- Liposomal C – liquid vitamin C supplement with high absorption rate
- Stress B-Complex – contains several B vitamins, including B6
- Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols – contains vitamin E
- Olive Leaf Extract – contains olive leaf extract, mentioned earlier
- Garlic 5000 – contains garlic
- Traumeric – contains turmeric root extract along with other antioxidants
- Innate Flora 50-14 – probiotic containing 14 different strains of bacteria, and 50 billion total bacteria
Our top recommendation for immune system support is Viracid.
Viracid contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), zinc, astragalus, European elder berry extract, echinacea extract, and a few other natural ingredients. Each of these herbs and vitamins can help provide immune support when taken by themselves, but taken together in a supplement like Viracid, the immune-boosting effect can be much greater. Research supports the claims that these herbs and vitamins boost immunity, and we’ve had many customers report that they took Viracid while everyone around them was getting the flu and colds, but they never caught anything.
Eating a variety of organic fruits and vegetables, and eating plenty of good fats and proteins also improves your immune system, along with your digestive system, hormones, mood, and almost every part of your body. What you eat fuels your body, so make sure it’s good, natural food.