- Honey, garlic, lemon: This is our family staple for winter. Two cloves of garlic (lightly boiled for 60 seconds for kids or if you don't want to smell too bad), two tablespoons good quality honey, one table spoon fresh lemon juice. Taken before visiting people or being in public or at the first onset of flu/cold symptoms.
- Echinacea: I love the tea, but we also have it in whole herb capsule form for convenience. Take as directed on the package.
- Vitamin D: Tanning in the sun in my bathing suit for twenty minutes is unfortunately no longer an option in November, of course. That's why it is so important to get vitamin D some other way. Considering nearly 90% of the North American population is vitamin D deficient, this is a big deal. Your immune system simply will not function properly without enough vitamin D. Your best bet is a high quality, minimally processed, fermented cod liver oil. The next best thing is a vitamin D3 supplement in the form of cholecalciferol.
- Oscillococcinum: This homeopathic remedy has worked great for us. We all take it after we know we've been exposed to a sick person or at the first onset of symptoms, does the trick. It isn't very effective if you have already been sick for a couple of days though.
- Goldenseal: Not recommended for pregnant women, but otherwise a great immune system boost when you need it. This isn't something we take everyday as a supplement, only when needed.
- Probiotics: Your immune system also largely depends a proper gut balance. High quality probiotics help achieve that. You may just need some organic yogurt, or you may want a supplement. Just make sure to avoid anything synthetic, there are a lot of impostors on the market.
- A healthy everyday diet: Don't expect not to get sick if your diet consists of the typical processed foods. High amounts of grains, sugars, corn, soy, additives, preservatives, and coloring will not only make you chronically ill, but a lot more susceptible to the seasonal flu. Instead opt for small amounts of whole grains, large amounts of healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado, cod liver oil, full fat grass fed butter, raw milk cheese), and lots of colorful veggies. The vitamins and minerals in such a diet will go a long way in supporting your immune system.
- Skip the sugar: With the exception of honey and maple syrup, we try to avoid as much processed sugars as possible. Sugar suppresses the immune system, it will not help you fight sickness, period. In fact, it will make you highly susceptible to getting sick. All. Winter. Long.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended as medical advice, always consult your doctor.
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