Updated: Jan 22, 2020
Are you dreading cold and flu season? You can avoid catching germs by naturally boosting your immune system with some simple tactics. Germs are around us all the time, but the difference of whether or not we get sick lies in our immune system strength. Remember, 80% of your immune system is within the digestive tract.
Here are my suggestions to add to your daily regime to stay healthy as winter approaches.
1. Take Elderberry Tincture. Here’s my protocol for Elderberry tincture from The Lamb Shoppe: For a preventative, take 1 drop under the tongue daily. If you have been highly exposed to germs, take 1-3 drops twice a day in the morning and at night. If you are sick take 3 drops every 2 hours.
2. Take Vitamin D and K2 or Cod Liver Oil. I recommend taking 5000 IU of vitamin D daily during cold and flu season. It is important to know your vitamin D levels from blood tests. The optimal level is 50-70 ng/ml. If you are below 50 ng/ml, many health experts agree that you are deficient in vitamin D. Stop in at The Lamb Shoppe to find which source of vitamin D is best for you as we will individualize your needs.
3. Take Probiotics Daily or Eat Fermented Foods with Each Meal. The Lamb Shoppe has a superb selection of therapeutic level probiotic supplements. We will help you select which one is best for you. If you prefer to eat your probiotics as foods, be sure to register and attend the upcoming class on making fermented vegetables on Thursday, November 15th.
4. Drink Herbal Teas.
The Lamb Shoppe offers a special blend called Immuni-Tea which is designed especially to boost vitamin C levels and it is made with immune boosting herbs including: Astragalus Root, Lemon Balm, Linden Flowers, Elderberries, Rosehips, Peppermint and Hibiscus Flowers. Make a big batch at time, store it in the refrigerator and drink it warm or cold. Take it along to work with you to give you a boost throughout the whole day.
5. Consider Bee Propolis. Propolis is a resinous substance that is collected by honeybees from tree buds, sap flows and other plants. Bees instinctively mix this substance with beeswax and amino acids and use it to form structures within the hive, much like cement. Bees protect themselves from disease with propolis. As the bees travel through the hive, they rub against the propolis and receive the benefits of the natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral properties from their building materials. Human use of propolis as a healing agent goes far back to ancient times. At The Lamb Shoppe, we have propolis in a convenient and tasty spray form with Manuka honey.
6. Enhance your Immune System with Essential Oils. A number of essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Come into the Shoppe and let us show you which ones are most beneficial for you. Some really good choices may be Protective Blend (On Guard), Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense and Thyme.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.