All the recent news about #ebola is a great reminder that we need to stay healthy and strong to get through the upcoming flu and cold season. Especially with the kiddos back to school. So here’s…
5 Natural Immune System Supporting Antibiotics To Help You Fight Illness Naturally
Garlic– is amazing for earaches, colds, flu and even pneumonia. You can even apply a garlic paste to wounds. Eat it daily, especially when colds and flu are going through your town, school or work. “One clove contains 5 mg of calcium, 12 mg of potassium, and more than 100 sulfuric compounds — powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection.” –source If you can’t handle plain raw garlic when you’re sick, consider a high quality supplement.
Ginger – Ginger is antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Ginger reduces fevers, soothes sore throats, and encourages coughing to remove mucus from the chest. It’s a delicious addition to almost any smoothie or veggie juice, and is used in over half of Chinese medicine for treating most illnesses and diseases. It is very calming for an upset tummy, so keep it handy if you get the flu. Ginger tea is a great thing to have on hand. For my little kids, I cool the tea and add soda water.
Vitamin c – Safe and effective, vitamin C provides protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling! Can help combat bacterial infections and many other illnesses, and higher blood levels of Vit C may be a marker of better overall health. Studies have shown we need at least 500mg / day to get the benefit. That’s much higher than we’d get from a few servings of fruits and vegetables a day, so it’s a good idea for most people to add a good quality vitamin C supplement.
Fucoidan – I started taking fucoidan in 2012 because it helped me manage my Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. I had no idea when I first started taking it, how beneficial it would be. My kids take it too. We increase our doses when there’s a virus going around and it always helps.
Fucoidan has been known to fight off diseases, act as an anti-inflammatory, and can even help with the self-destruction of cancer cells. Brown seaweeds such as wakame, bladder wrack, limu moui, and kombu all carry beneficial amounts of this natural ingredient, which has the ability to naturally stabilize health, reinforce the immune system, and speed up the recovery process of many viruses and diseases. Fucoidan benefits have become more widely studied over the past few years because of this natural compound’s ability to ward off everything from small illnesses such as the common cold to deadly illnesses such as cancer and liver fibrosis. Because of its ability to protect healthy cells, the body’s natural resistance against disease is increased substantially.
Local honey – Local honey is especially beneficial because it contains local pollens, which can help combat seasonal allergies. Our bodies become accustomed to those pollens and that helps reduce allergic reaction to them. If you can’t find a great quality “raw” or unpasteurized honey near you, then try Really Raw Honey (brand name) or the raw honey from Tropical Traditions. Both are incredibly tasty and will still help support your immune system, and some of the pollens might be the same as your local area People love honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around remedies. And there’s nothing more soothing than honey for a sore throat.
And don’t forget to eat right, wash hands often, rest, avoid stress and eat plenty of fruits and veg. And don’t smoke.