It’s that time of year again when everyone is getting sick. No matter if you’re going to the grocery store, school, a concert, you’re bound to see someone coughing their plague germs into the air.
For a lot of us, we don’t want to use medicine that will make us drowsy. How do we stay healthy so we don’t have to worry about getting stuck in bed for a week at a time?
There are plenty of natural options to boost your immune system. Get back to your life, feel better, and have more energy!
This flower is one from the daisy family. All 9 species of this plant can only be found in Central and North America. A 2016 meta-analysis found evidence that use of Echinacea extracts reduced the risk of repeated respiratory infections.
I myself use Echinacea almost daily. On two separate occasions recently I was around people who were very sick for days at a time. This was the only vitamin I took (one or two capsules a day) and it kept me feeling healthy.
This is the main active ingredient in many natural cold and flu medicines (like Nature’s Way Sambucus Immune Syrup). It’s known for being extremely useful at knocking out the cold/flu, helping with sinus infection, easing allergies, promoting healthy skin, being a natural diuretic, and can even be used to lower blood sugar.
If you have the flu or even just a runny nose this season, try some elderberry!
Your body is full of bacteria both good and bad. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that fight off disease. They have been proven especially helpful with digestive problems. Research has also shown benefits for skin, allergies, and oral health.
Ginger is antibacterial so it’s natural good for keeping your body healthy. It’s been linked to being most effective at treating stomach issues (nausea, etc) and keeping your immune system generally balanced. The root is also a natural blood thinner which can help to relax blood vessels.
Lots of studies have been done to determine whether Gensing is helpful to our immune systems. This oriental herb has been used to help treat endless maladies. It’s important to remember that there are two different kinds of Ginseng, Asian and American. The American version has been found to have less beneficial effects, so it’s important to know which you’re getting. It’s also been proven to help with concentration and lowering blood sugar.
Most people think you have to go in the sun to get Vitamin D. Well, if you live somewhere that’s cloudy all the time or just don’t get the chance to be outside as much as you’d like, there are alternatives/supplements. Tuna, milk, and egg yolks are just a few of the common food items with high levels of the vitamin. We know that Vitamin D is crucial for bone development and keeping your activating your immune system defenses.
Studies have shown that oregano is extremely useful for killing bacteria. It acts as the front line of your immune system. For instance, to help fight respiratory infection, put one drop of oil of oregano in a pot of boiling water and inhale the steam.
Who would have known such a common household spice could be useful for more than pasta?
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