This week I have been sharing a ton of information on Facebook on boosting your immune system. And today in the Saturday Scoop, I am going to share 8 Immune System Drinks to strengthen and boost your immune system.
When we have a weakened immune system, it is harder for our bodies to fight off viruses and many times they can progress into secondary infections. Which can result in doctor visits, ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infections…
I'm sure you've been there a time or two.
It is a little ironic that while finding and sharing so many tips to strengthen the immune system this week, our home would be hit with a nasty virus. Yep, a nasty sore throat, snotty nose, cough virus that started with my daughter and has since moved on to me. 🙁
It has given us the opportunity to try out a new product from TriLight Health:
Echinacea and Thyme with Elderberries – Immune System Booster / Builder: Cold, Flu Relief. I have been impressed with this products so far and my daughter takes it without a fight, so that's a plus!
You can actually get a free bottle of their Lympha Rub (Essential Oils Remedy for Sore Throat, Sinus, Ear Aches) when you sign up for their free newsletter here.
But you don't necessarily have to buy a product to boost your immune system. There are many immune system boosters that you can easily make at home.
8 Immune System Drinks to Strengthen and Boost Your Immune System:
1. Herbal Teas
[su_quote cite=”Keeper of the Home” url=”http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2014/10/3-herbal-teas-build-defenses-cold-flu-season.html”]Adding any or all of these 3 herbal teas to your natural medicine cabinet can help keep you healthy all flu season long, thanks to their immune boosting abilities.[/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Homemade Mommy” url=”http://www.homemademommy.net/2012/09/why-i-love-kefir-and-what-are-kefir-grains.html”]Kefir boosts our immune systems by keeping healthy bacteria in our digestive tract (and remember 80% of our immune system is in our digestive track!). The fermenting bacteria produce lactic acid which heals and soothes the gut lining. Kefir is rich in vitamin A, B2, B12, D, K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and typtophan. It has anti tumor properties, prevents disease, increases digestibility and it controls toxins. [/su_quote]
[su_quote cite=”Cheeseslave” url=”http://www.cheeseslave.com/kombucha-health-benefits/”]Our immune system is in our gut. Most of us have grown up on antibiotics and other drugs that kill off our beneficial bacteria. The result? Kombucha’s fermentation process encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are good for your gut, and good for immunity. Kombucha is also rich in antioxidants, which help to strengthen immunity.[/su_quote]
4. Elderberry Syrup
[su_quote cite=”Mommypotamus” url=”http://www.mommypotamus.com/elderberry-syrup-recipe/”]Elderberries contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has anti-oxidant and immune boosting properties. They’re also a good source of vitamin C, betacarotene, vitamin B6, and iron.[/su_quote]
5. Fire Cider
[su_quote cite=”Mommypotamus” url=”http://www.mommypotamus.com/fire-cider-recipe/”]Fire cider truly is magical in its own right. This tonic is revered by herbalists for its ability to help prevent cold and flu symptoms and/or shorten their duration if they occur, and for good reason. It’s an apple cider vinegar infusion that contains “powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers” that make it “especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.”[/su_quote]
6. Green Smoothies
[su_quote cite=”Simple Green Smoothies” url=”http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/reboot-immune-system”]6 GREEN SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS TO REBOOT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM Feeling under the weather and looking for natural alternatives to get your immune system back in check? Look no further than these six amazing ingredients. We toss them into our green smoothies all the time— helping us fight off stubborn colds and flus.[/su_quote]
7. Lemon Water
[su_quote cite=”Elena's Pantry” url=”http://elanaspantry.com/start-the-day-with-hot-water-and-lemon/”]Lemons are full of immune boosting vitamin C which is a fantastic antioxidant in fighting off cold, flu, and viruses.[/su_quote]
8. Raw Milk
[su_quote cite=”Dr. Mercola” url=”http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/08/top-12-foods-for-healthy-immune-response.aspx”]Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains beneficial bacteria that prime your immune system and can reduce allergies. It is an outstanding source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, zinc, and enzymes. Raw organic milk is not associated with any of the health problems of pasteurized milk such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin rashes, diarrhea and cramps.[/su_quote]
We have been implementing a few of these immune boosters this week while fighting off a virus. I love fighting these bugs naturally and letting our bodies do what they were meant to do.
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