I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experiencing some crazy cold and flu symptoms this winter season! My kids, clients, and a long list of other people—everyone seems to be feeling so run down. And forget about the flu shot! So many people that I’ve talked to say this year’s flu shot isn’t covering the flu that’s going around.
How do you protect yourself? With my must-try secrets to build your immune system of course!
As most of you know, I’m all about exploring, experimenting, and experiencing different supplements and products that are out on the market. I’d say I’m the queen of the supplement drawer in my house! As you can imagine, I’ve been hell bent on researching the best (well, what I think are the best) alternative products out there to combat all of the germs in our atmosphere this winter!
Keep in mind, these products aren’t going to cure you, but they will support your immune system during the cold, flu, and belly bug season. And whose immune system couldn’t use a bit of help, right?
Support is the pivotal word here. As a practitioner, my belief is not to support yourself in only one part of your life. Whether it’s nutrition, supplements, exercise, mental health, or spiritual health, you need to support the varied parts of your life. Why? Because you are a WHOLE. You have many parts that you might view as separate, but my practice for myself and my clients is to marry those parts of you to gain balance, perspective, and a sense of wholeness.
With that said, the products I recommend in this article offer support for your health in so many ways because when you feel healthy, you have the opportunity to look deeper into those other areas of your life. You have a chance to find your balance and wellbeing for yourself as a whole, not just a bunch of disparate parts. Amen!
Now, it’s time to share some of my must-try secrets to build your immune system and protect yourself, not just from those pesky winter germs but also to support your whole self.
1. Vitamin D3
The problem for most of us is that we’re simply not getting enough vitamin D to allow our bodies to work optimally at performing all of the functions that vitamin D supports. Did you know that an estimated one billion people (that’s about one-seventh of the global population) have inadequate vitamin D supplies in their bodies? It’s very probable that you’re one of those people!
Vitamin D deficiency can actually be quite serious. Low vitamin D levels are linked to increased risks of cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. If you’re feeling tired, sluggish, overworked, moody, or below the midline, or if you’re craving CRAP, don’t wait to get your vitamin D levels checked. It’s a simple blood test.
To support your vitamin D levels, I can’t say enough about Vitamin D3. I believe that every practitioner out there should be measuring their patient’s D3 levels yearly. Depending on where you live, if you’re not getting enough outdoor time or sun, there could be a significant drop in your vitamin D3!
2. Tea Tree Oil
Did you know that using any of the mass-marketed hand sanitizers actually strips away good bacteria from your skin over time? That’s why your hands get so dry!
I know that I’ve been guilty of being the hand sanitizer crazy woman for myself and family in the past, but this year, I began to make my own hand sanitizer after learning that most of the ingredients in those hand sanitizers you buy may contribute to resistant strains of bacteria.
My go-to homemade hand sanitizer recipe is very easy to make, cost effective, and so good for your skin! Just mix 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera gel with 1 tablespoon of filtered water, 20 drops of tea tree essential oil, and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Not only does this keep your hands moisturized, but it also kills bacteria at the same time without the effects of stripping good bacteria.
Any drug store or health food store sells small, reusable bottles that you can use to hold your homemade hand sanitizer. If you don’t think you have enough time to make your own, I’d suggest purchasing an essential oil hand sanitizer from a certified aromatherapist, so you know you’re getting quality ingredients in a safe product.
Of course, always work directly with a certified aromatherapist whose certification is recognized by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, and check with your doctor or health care provider before using essential oils, especially on children or if you have a medical condition.
Ahah! These are honestly my favorite go-to green pills! My functional medicine doctor turned me on to these supplements last winter season after I had the wicked 2016 flu. This supplement is from Irwin Naturals and helps to support your body’s natural defense mechanisms. It includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, and antioxidants all in one!
I take this supplement throughout the winter season. In fact, during the winter months, I substitute this for my daily multivitamin, and if I feel something coming on, I take double the dose indicated on the bottle.
I believe that your body can heal itself. I also believe that we need extra support, including extra vitamin C during the winter months. Common winter ailments are usually caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but during the winter months, fruits and vegetables that are full of vitamin C aren’t always readily available. Why not take a vitamin C supplement?
A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that vitamin C reduces cold and flu symptoms by 85%. Of course, participants in the study were given megadoses of vitamin C, so your results might not be comparable. However, the point is that vitamin C truly does work! Just be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider before using vitamin C, especially for children or if you have a medical condition.
I’ve introduced all of my private clients to the benefits of Epsom Salt baths! Most people only think of taking Epsom Salt baths when they need to relieve sore muscles, but there are so many more benefits.
Remember how I spoke about support earlier in this article? Well, Epsom Salt baths support your entire immune system. Epsom salt baths have a way of releasing your mind and body from daily stress. Where do you think the slogan, “Calgon, take me away,” came from?
When you add one cup of Epsom Salt and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil to your bath, it becomes a detox bath! I love peppermint essential oil as it is very invigorating, and I like lavender to relax my tired body. When I’m experiencing cold and flu symptoms, I use eucalyptus oil.
Epsom Salt is magnesium, which many people tend to be deficient in. In fact, studies show that taking Epsom Salt baths can increase your magnesium without even taking any supplements. How cool is that? Be sure to support your whole system with a daily bath or a bath a few times a week!
Ready to Boost Your Immune System?
Remember, these are ideas to support your immune system, and where would you be without your immune system? Prioritize your self-care and start taking care of your immune system. Trust me, you’ll feel so much better!
If you want to learn more about enhancing your immune system, let’s work together!
Looking for more aromatherapy products to boost your immune system? Check out my go-to certified aromatherapist, Susan Gunelius’, products available through her company online store, Aromassist. She offers a wonderful Immune-Stimulating Aromastick that you can keep in your purse or pocket to use on the go as well as an Immune-Stimulating Blend that you can use in