Natural immune support: Natural remedies to support and boost your immune system. As a mother, I always want the best natural ingredients for my child. With all sorts of season changes comes allergy and other seasons that weakens our immune system.
It’s good to prepare our bodies to withstand the various diseases or infections they may be poised to. We prepare our bodies immune system by simply eating the right nutrient packed foods, drinking lots of water and eco-cleaning. Remember immune system building is not a one fix but a continued journey.
First of all, What is the immune system?
The immune system protects and defends the body against viruses, disease, infection and processes healing after the body has taken a hit. The immune system plays a big part in your overall health. The health of your body depends on the immune system. It is a good idea to take care of it 😉.
What does the immune system need for it to function?
The immune system needs Nutrients.
Nutrients are the building blocks for the body (immune system). They repair, build and regulate the body (immune system). Nutrients include Carbohydrates, fats (lipids) Vitamins, Proteins, Minerals and Water.
Vitamins are essential for tissue growth, hormone function, mineral metabolism for bones and organs and help prevent deficiencies according to the Vitamin properties. Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E, and K.
Minerals (iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, phosphorus, potassium etc) sourced from plants, animals and water support the human biochemical processes. They help build up the structural system (bones, teeth) and body weight.
Sources of nutrients for natural immune support:
Fruits: Pineapples, Papaya, Apricots, Passion fruit, Citrus fruits: Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruit, Limes, Clementine, Tangerines are high in Vitamin C, which helps in the production of white blood cells which fight infection. Berries: Grapes, Blueberries, Pomegranate are rich in Vitamin C which also help prevent injury to cells in the immune system.
It is no surprise that apples make the list. Apples contain flavonoid quercetin that help regulate the immune system. It is also anti-inflammatory and protects the body’s immune system.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”unknown
Spinach, Tomatoes, Carrots, Avocados, Onions, Mushrooms may contain antiviral, antibacterial and anti-tumor properties that help in boosting the immune system naturally. Broccoli contains Vitamins A, K, E and C, antioxidants and fibre (potassium, magnesium and folic acid) which work wonders on the immune system.
Cinnamon has high anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Ginger not only helps prevent nausea and irritable bowel system. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger may contain properties that relax blood vessels.
Turmeric powder aka Curcumin is antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and natural mood booster. This is one powerhouse that should be added to your medicine cabinet and your beauty cabinet. We also use it in cooking.
Whole Nuts and Seeds are packed with protein, antioxidants such as Zinc, Omega 3 fatty acids aka healthy fats and Vitamin E: Pumpkin seeds, Cashews, Macadamia nuts, Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, Flaxseeds and Chia seeds etc.
Almonds are highly packed with protein. According to their content nuts contain selenium which supports the immune system function. Seeds contain good amounts of iron which assists in transporting oxygen throughout the immune system.
As Essential oils are the defense system of plants. There as the added benefits are believed to assist the human body’s immune system. Use Essential oils for immune support by applying them on your feet, temples, abdomen, chest, diffuse, warm steamy bath and or hot steam therapy.
Essential oils best for the immune are Lavender, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Frankincense, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Clove, Rosemary, Oregano, Cinnamon. These essential oils contain antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties according to the oil that help boost the immune system. This is not a comprehensive list as a lot of essential oils contain these properties.
Carrier oils: Carrier oils in their natural and organic state are also great additives to your body and immune system according to their properties. Carrier oils in their virgin (raw, natural, unrefined state) contain the carrier oil’s nutrients, vitamins and fatty acids.
Examples are Sweet almond, Carrot seed, Avocado butter, Pumpkin seed, Argan, Coconut, Arnica, Black cumin seed, Macadamia, Calendula, Hazelnut, Neem oil, Pomegranate, Olive and Wheatgerm Oil.
Did you know that our bodies contain a whopping 60% of water? You read that right. Water is virtual to the body for digestion, absorption and transportation of nutrients. Good for circulation, maintenance of body temperature and creation of saliva. Water acts as a lubricant to keep your joints, bones and muscles moving.
It promotes healthy skin and cleanses your body from toxins. I learnt a new trick to get my (non-drinking water) son. I let him watch me put water into a syringe and he drinks it. I’m not sure why that works, lol 😊. If you don’t like the bland taste of water adding cucumber or a drop of lemon juice works well.
Fish contains essential fats (Omega 3 fatty acids) and high in protein. Mackerel, sardines, wild salmon, shellfish etc.
Other things for natural immune support:
Not forgetting, Dark Chocolate contains cocoa (cacao) powder which contain antioxidants, flavonoids and minerals. Wholegrains such as Oats and Dairy such as egg york and milk.
Plain Unsweetened Yogurt puts back all the good bacteria into your body. It is rich in protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics. Plain Unsweetened Yogurt helps protect and in the formulation of bones and teeth.
Raw Honey has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties due to its phytonutrients. It also aids the digestive system and is known to help soothe sore throats. Raw honey aids in natural wound healing. All giving a plus to your immune system.
Chicken soup / broth has Vitamin B6.
Another important way to boost your immune system naturally is through Eco-cleaning. Eco-nesting (cleaning) is the best way to eliminate toxins in the home and therefore, boosting your immune system is by eco-cleaning.
Involving the use natural ingredients to clean your home. As well as clean living including your beauty, body, bath and home freshener products. The less toxins we allow ourselves to be exposed to, the less our immune system is hit.
Speaking of eco-cleaning,
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As well as natural beauty products (lip balms, body butters, bath salts and bombs, natural hair oils, etc). With an added touch of essential oils. All non-toxic, environmentally friendly, budget-friendly and uniquely handcrafted. For more about Econest, check out our in-progress Facebook page.
Rest: This article will explain how rest boosts your immune system naturally: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-sleep-bolsters-your-immune-system#The-bottom-line/
Foods and substances that weaken your immune system:
Excess sugar, stress, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol, poor sanitation, excess caffeine, etc.
Immune boosting Recipes:
#For flu and colds (sore throats): Immune boosting tea: (drink warm every 4 hours and immediately flu symptoms begin).
Fresh Ginger a few pieces
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Turmeric powder
#a glass of water
A drop of lemon juice or ginger
# As well as making your own blends of delicious fruit and/or vegetable smoothies. Using dairy or a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of sea salt. This is also an easy way to get your child to eat vegetables and fruits. 🙂
#Baking apple and cinnamon tarts or pancakes.
#If it is your fancy, drinking egg york.
Exercising Caution: Be sure to use these immune boosters in their organic (raw, whole, extra / virgin, unrefined) state for best results. Buy from a trusted organic local source that uses organic farming with no added substances. Avoid washed down or pasteurized (refined) ingredients as this kills a lot of the essential goodies in these ingredients.
Another good thing is that these natural immune boosters are good for any age, including pregnancy, elderly and babies (more than a year). Don’t forget that a little goes a long way and avoid misuse. Please don’t give honey to an infant less than one year. And avoid use if reaction or allergy occurs.
Therefore, Boost your immune system with natural ingredients by eating healthy, resting, drinking water and using essential oils the right way.
Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and experiences. I am not a registered doctor, physician, beautician, specialist, skincare expert or aromatherapist.
DIY recipes have not been tested in a lab. Use your own discretion using these products. Please discuss your health concerns with your doctor. Therefore, the writings of this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure nor prevent any disease.
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Cheers happy immune boosting, MrsChettyLife.