Immunity is top of mind right now, and not just in our space. The whole world seems to be focused on preventative health in a way we have never before seen.
In the midst of our heightened concerns surrounding immunity, we’re sharing more insights than ever on simple things we can all do to support and strengthen the immune health. Alle Weil, the Holistic Nutritionist who makes the greens and honey-infused Royal Ghee that we love, is sharing a quick hit list of herbs, oils and supplements to inject our immune systems with a much-needed boost.
13 Herbs + Supplements To Strengthen Your Immune System
Glutathione | There has been much speculation that the severity of symptoms is based on one’s antioxidant defense system and low glutathione levels. Take as directed daily for detoxification.
Vitamin A | Take this for viral and bacterial infection and overall immunity support, specifically respiratory system. Commonly recommended for 20 days.
Vitamin C | Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect cells from the damage caused by harmful free-radicals. Take as directed.
Ppq | PQQ has antioxidant and B-vitamin-like activity, with a wide range of benefits for the brain, body and energy levels. Take as directed.
Zinc | Helps support a healthy immune system. Chew it. Take as directed. Note: Chelated is necessary for better absorption.
Vitamin D | The sun is not going to do it right now because of its angle in the northern hemisphere, so we need to supplement. Therapeutic dosages can be as high as 10,000 IUs.
Oil of oregano | This can fight bacterial and viral infections from the inside out. Gaia Herbs is one of the best I know in capsule form. If you can stomach it, this is the one I recommend in liquid form.
Probiotics | I can’t stress enough how important our overall gut health and biome is for immunity. This particular blend is comprised of specific probiotic strains that additionally help to reduce inflammation and the histamine response. Take as directed.
A reason the elderly population may be responding so severely may be due to reduced glutathione and antioxidant levels is. When we age our stomach acid weakens, and we cannot as readily absorb fat soluble vitamins. If you suffer from heartburn or have digestive complaints after eating, consider supplementing with digestive enzymes for better nutrient absorption.
Colloidal silver | This is for immunity and anti-viral/anti-bacterial support. Simply use as a throat/nose spray, however, we like to use it like a nebulizer (inhaling each spray so it is carried into the lungs). The same can be done with propolis, below.
Propolis | Bee resin is also highly supportive of the immune system. We use it as an ingredient in our GOLD Royal Ghee flavor and is naturally occurring in honey. Taken in high doses can further support and lessen the severity of symptoms and soothe inflammation.
Drink teas and use herbs that support and soothe the respiratory system such as licorice, slippery elm and marshmallow root. I suggest Traditional Medicinals-Organic-Throat Coat and Breathe-Easy and Gypsy-Cold-Care.
Use a diffuser with antibacterial essential oils to cleanse the air around you. They even make them for the car. Use a drop of eucalyptus or tea tree, thieves or frankincense oil in your nasal passage using a q-tip and around your nose. Add essential oils to alcohol or vinegar for cleaning the household.
Eat as best you can in season. Focus on fresh and light foods. Warming soups, stews and bone broths are very beneficial right now. Food should be on the lighter side and easy to digest. Not rich or mucus-producing, not nut or dairy heavy. (Ghee is the exception!)
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