Cold weather + more sweets + less exercise = lower immune system
Simple isn't it?
So what can we do?
I'm happy to tell you that there are many things we can do. Dr. Mercola gave a few suggestions as did the Green Smoothie Girl ... I have a few more to go along with their suggestions. Here goes:
Vitamin D: "In order to prevent the flu, children and adults need 35 IU of vitamin D per pound of body weight. So, for example, a child weighing 57 pounds would need 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D." - Dr. Mercola
Probiotics: Using either probiotic supplements or foods rich in probiotics: kefir, miso, sauerkraut, yogurt.
Immune Enhancing Foods / Supplements: Shiitake or Maitake mushrooms, Colostrum supplement, Olive Leaf Extract supplement, DoTerras On Guard oil or Young Livings Thieves oil (take a 2-6 drops internally through out day or place on neck over tonsils and behind ear) or Elderberry supplement (try my elderberry concentrate recipe!)
Vitamin C: Use the Ascorbate form - not the ascorbic acid form - it works in the body better than the latter. Adults take up to 6000 mg - or more, throughout day. Children 1000 or more, throughout day.
Relax!: Yes, it's that busy time of the year but you've got to reduce the stress to keep that immune system functioning as it should.
Had a stressful day anyway? Up the supp.'s, especially the probiotic intake and take a nice warm bath to help you relax.
Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg's): Drink 1-2 tsps, mixed in water with a bit of raw honey, every day. Great every day tonic to keep pH levels up, glands cleaned out, and intestines strong and healthy.
Wash Your Hands!: Some people think that the way to strengthen the immune system is to allow your body to get sick - so hey why wash your hands to prevent catching any/all germs right? Well, I disagree.
We want strong immune systems period. And we do this by doing all the things I've just listed - not by having our bodies fight off hefty viruses over and over again. So, give your struggling immune system a break from having to fight off one thing after another - wash your hands!
Nutrition: In order for your immune system to be functioning properly you've gotta have a good supply of nutrients coursing through your veins. Here are some things to do to see to it that this is the case:
1. Eggs. Eat range free, organic eggs. Raw or cooked every day.
2. Fats. Cod liver oil, flax oil, coconut oils are all good. Get one or more of those coursing through your blood every day. Consider eating fish instead of other meats.
3. Bee pollen. Known to be one of the most dense in nutrition foods out there. Eat this plain, sprinkle it in your smoothie or sprinkle over food every day.
4. Fruits and veggies every day! Especially those greens!
5. Eliminate the processed sugar! Use sucanat - sparingly. Or use raw honey for your non-cooked desserts.
6. Drink a nutritious green tea throughout the day. Green teas are packed in nutrients. Try my Vitamin Rich Tea recipe or drink a simple tea consisting of only one of your favorite bulk herbs.
Next post will be about what you can do if you do get sick. There are a lot of non-antibiotic options out there!