Seasonal Tips for Building Immunity

With all the viruses surrounding us these days, we need to understand, prepare and prevent illnesses for ourselves, our family and our friends.

The key is to boost our immune system so we can fight off what comes our way. Simply said, get as healthy as possible. Many chronic diseases can be helped by eating nutrient dense foods.

Here’s my list for some of the best ways to fight off infections and keep your body healthy:

1. Take Blue Ice Cod Liver Oil.

IMG_1294 (3) BThis brand or another high quality fish oil that provides adequate vitamin D with proper vitamin A ratios will jump start immunity. When supplementing with vitamin D, keep in mind that you also may need vitamin K2 in order to properly utilize the vitamin D.

 

 

2. Eat Fermented Foods.

Wild BrineThese foods include fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, or other cultured garden veggies. These are easy to make. If you are unfamiliar with the preparation, be sure to sign up for the upcoming class. Kefir, yogurt, kombucha, kvass are other beneficial fermented foods and beverages.

3. Take Additional Probiotics.

probioticsRemember, 80% of your immune system is found in your gut. So healthy gut flora is a must. The Lamb Shoppe carries new probiotic product by Designs for Health that contains prebiotics and bacteria phage which helps kill off the bad bacteria.

 

 

 

4. Use Immune Boosting Herbs as recommended by your healthcare provider.

It is wise to build an antiviral herbal toolkit. Among the best herbs to include are Elderberry, Astragalus, Turmeric and Chaga. Other great anti-viral herbs include Echinacea, Sage, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Hyssop, Usnea and Rosemary.

5. Use Bone Broths Regularly.

Intestinal health and the immune system are so intertwined and one of the best ways to heal the gut is with homemade bone broth. Making bone broth is easy, it just takes a little planning and doing it up ahead so you have it when you need it. The most common types are chicken stock and beef stock. When I make bone broths, I always add extra dried herbs for that special boost such as astragalus root.

6. Drink Raw Milk or Use Whey Protein.

Whey protein can help you fight off colds and flu because it contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect your immune system and support your body’s natural detoxification processes. The Lamb Shoppe has some excellent whey products from the Designs for Health company.