Both Tristan and I have weak immune systems, which makes us extremely susceptible to all the colds, coughs and flus that go around each winter – which can easily turn this season into a nightmare for us!
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So, once January hits (because is it just me, or does everyone get sick in January-February?) we start pulling out all our tried-and-true natural immune system boosters, which I’m sharing with you below!
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My dad used to drink this all the time when anyone in our house started getting sick. For years, I stubbornly refused to give it a try, but once I started college I was desperate enough to give it a try, and it’s been my go-to since! Elderberries are famously known for their benefits in boosting immunity, and rightly so. I drink 2-3 glassfuls (3 drops diluted in 24oz of water) when I start to feel a cold coming on, and it always keeps my colds from getting worse + gets rid of any cold that has begun.
It’s always important to make sure your body is getting all the vitamins and nutrients it needs, but it’s even more important during flu season! The vitamins I’ve found to be most important for my immunity are Vitamin C and Vitamin D. I’m constantly lacking in those vitamins, as are most people (especially during the winter). Also making sure that your body is getting all the probiotics it needs. Most people take probiotic supplements. I’ve found those to be too strong for me (for some weird reason they always make me super nauseous). Lately I’ve started drinking this probiotic tea instead, and it’s done wonders! It also tastes super good 🙂
Ginger is a useful remedy for a variety of health issues. In terms of immunity, it helps to both strengthen and balance the immune system. You can eat ginger a variety of ways. My favorite way is to eat GinGins! You can get them in the form of hard candy or chewy candy (they are also super good for nausea!)
It sounds lame and you’ve heard it before, but making sure you are getting enough sleep is vital in preventing sickness. Often taking a nap or making sure you get a few extra hours of sleep when you feel sickness coming on can turn everything around!
(P.S. If you have trouble sleeping, have you ever given melatonin a try?)
Chamomile – increases the production of white blood cells, which strengthen immunity and fight infections.
Dandelion -is a great detox! It helps to get all the gross stuff out of your system.
Ginseng – is similar to chamomile in that it also increases white blood cell production.
Roobios – my personal favorite, roobios fights against inflammation and reduces pain. It’s also full of immune-strengthening antioxidants!
For more great teas, check out my post all about herbal teas here
6. Essential Oils
Y’all know I love my essential oils! When it comes to immune-strengthening, there are a few I use:
Thieves – Pretty much my go-to in keeping sickness at bay. Thieves is a powerful blend of many immune-strengthening oils such as lemon, oregano, and eucalyptus.
Lemon – Lemon is great at detoxing! You can drink it in water or diffuse it – whichever you prefer!
Oregano – helps to kill bad bacteria and infections while strengthening the immune system as a whole.
Lavender – Lavender calms the body and helps you to sleep longer and sleep better. Better sleep = better immune system.
Hopefully our methods will help y’all, and make sure to let us know if there’s anything you do to prevent getting sick during flu season!