Your immune system is your personal bodyguard, protecting you from a multitude of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and even cancer cells. It’s a complex system and one that needs to be supported and optimized to do its job properly.
Beside whole food, plant-based nutrition, regular exercise, adequate water and quality sleep, here ere are some other natural ways you can support your immune system so it can keep you healthy:
Essential oils are concentrated chemicals extracted from plants. They can be sourced from leaves, flowers, and even bark.
Some of the most potent essential oils used to strengthen the immune system are eucalyptus oil – made from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, clove oil – extracted from the dried flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum tree, and lavender oil – which is made from the flowers of the lavender plant.
Sometimes getting all of the nutrients you need from your food may be challenging.. For this reason, sometimes turning to supplements may be helpful to make sure our immune system gets everything it needs to work optimally.
There are a variety of supplements that can support your immune system, but there are three we recommend to all of our clients on a daily basis: vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin D3.
Similar to essential oils, herbs allow us to gain access to powerful plant compounds that can support our immune system. A few of the herbs that have been found to be most beneficial to the immune system are astragalus – helps support the immune system while helping you destress, black elderberry – a powerful antioxidant, and echinacea – supports a healthy immune response at the onset of an illness.
Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? It makes sense that you would want to optimize your gut health to optimize your immune system. For this reason, it is recommended that you eat foods rich in probiotics – those healthy bacteria that keep your gut healthy. Add yogurt, pickles, celery juice, Spirulina, and fermented veggies into your diet!
Your immune system does an awful lot for you. Isn’t it time you give it what it needs to be healthy?!