THE DOUGHERTY HOUSEHOLD HAS NOT BEEN UNTOUCHED-WE’VE LOST A LOVED ONE RECENTLY – THE SADNESS AND EMOTIONAL STRESS CAN LOWER THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND THE FLU CAUGHT UP TO US.
WHETHER YOU ESCAPE IT WITH PREVENTION TECHNIQUES OR CATCH A BUG AND NEED TO FIGHT YOUR WAY THROUGH IT HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU ALONG.
1. Wash Your Hands Frequently and Thoroughly
This is the number one way to prevent the flu and other respiratory infections. Scrub your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds in order to kill viruses. Twenty seconds is about how long it takes to sing the ABC’s one time through. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands.
2. Good Gut Health / Probiotics
Your gut is your gateway to health, 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. Make sure your gut is in tip-top shape, and take a high-quality, multi strain probiotic. Probiotics are micro-organisms, specific bacteria, fungi, and yeasts that are natural, necessary component of the digestive tract. When the biodiversity of these beneficial organisms is in balance, they help with digestion, nutrient absorption, and form the front line of our immune defense. I like doTERRAs PB Assist Jr. for my kids and sometimes I just take a double dose of it. However, doTERRA’s PB Assist (for adults) is great too. It has a unique double encapsulation system to ensure the probiotic makes it way down into the intestines where it is needed rather than being absorbed in the stomach. Keeping your levels of good gut bacteria up will help you fight off infections.
3. Reduce Your Stress and Get 7-9 Hours of Sleep Every Night
Stress is known to suppress our immune systems. Consider meditation, yoga, or acupuncture. Your body relies on sleep to recuperate from daily exposure to toxins. Chronic sleep deprivation can significantly reduce immune function.
This one is pretty instinctive, but we load up on herbal teas and hot ACV water with honey at first sign of illness. The heat helps boost immune system and a variety of herbs can help with infection.
5. Eldelberry Syrup
Eldelberry or its botanical name Sambucus, is a unique American fruit that can boost the immune system and help treat conjunctivitis, cold and flu symptoms, reduce congestion, and is also used for detoxification. You can typically find it in the pharmacy section of your grocery store or natural foods market – my family uses Nature’s Way.
6. Essential Oil Immune Bomb
7. Detox Baths
Taking a detox bath will help clean your system of toxins, and absorb wonderful minerals that will strengthen the immune systems. I like to use Epsom Salts and a few drops of any essential oils of my choosing depending on symptoms. i.e. “Breathe” for congestion or “Lemongrass” for sore muscles.
8. Supplement with Glutathione, Turmeric, Vitamin C and Vitamin D
Antioxidants are very important for your immune function. Glutathione is the chief antioxidant in your body, responsible for enhancing your immune system and helping your liver with detoxification. Curcumin is the orange pigment in turmeric and a potent antioxidant that improves joint health and cardiovascular function.Vitamin C provides potent antioxidant protection, and supports optimal immune function. Vitamin D is a powerful immune system modulator meaning it is key to fighting off infections and regulating autoimmunity. You will also want to be sure that your vitamin D supplement is paired with vitamin K to ensure that it is safely absorbed and doesn’t lead to artery calcifications.
9. Garlic, Ginger, and Raw Honey
Garlic-A natural antifungal and antibacterial that can help kick almost any illness to the curb. It is also a natural antibiotic. Garlic loses its potency when cooked, so it’s best taken raw during times of sickness. A potent anti-viral substance that prevents the adhesion of viruses to the upper respiratory mucosa. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and also an antioxidant. Ginger also soothes the stomach and throat, has properties to suppress a cough, and is considered a natural pain and fever reducer. Another immune system booster that also helps the body fight a cold or flu faster. Honey-Did you know studies have determined that children who get a dose of raw honey cough less and sleep better than those who get cough and cold medicines? Plus there are no side effects. We like Zarbee’s honey remedies. Make sure you choose a good quality raw honey like 100% Pure Raw Tupelo Honey -or a pure honey local to you is best.
Exercise can boost your immune system by increasing your circulation and relieving stress. Increased circulation allows antibodies to travel throughout your bloodstream faster, making it easier for your immune system to fight off an illness. Exercise can also enhance your immune system by relieving stress and slowing the release of stress hormones in the body.