The changes of the seasons often brings on shifts in our immune system. We spend less time outside, we eat more comfort foods and less fresh veggies and fruits, and even though our bodies want to slow down as the season slows to fall and winter, we often don’t follow these rhythms and we keep on going!
Over the years since I have adopted a holistic, plant based lifestyle, I have had very little sickness. I used to get strep throat and bronchitis ALL THE TIME! When I cut out mucous forming foods like dairy and gluten, and ate a more anti-inflammatory diet in the form of fresh fruits and veggies, gluten free whole grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes, I did not suffer from strep anymore, or bronchitis, or seasonal allergies. I was able to cut all medications and I don’t even take any over the counter meds. This might seem impossible, but let me assure you, I am a normal person who just took my health into my own hands! The body is amazing, so resilient, and we truly can heal.
Here are some of my favorite go to’s to keep my immune system highly functioning and thriving during the fall and winter months. Diet is just as important, as well as drinking enough clean water, exercising, and limiting or abstaining from caffeine and alcohol. I know you don’t want to hear it, but these do contribute to bringing down our health. So be smart about your choices. Want coffee? Balance it with some green juice. Going to have a glass of wine? Make sure you stay hydrated with water and drink some red clover tea to help support your liver. Don’t forget to get some sunshine too! Even 20 minutes of sun just on your arms and face in the months when the sun is not as strong is extremely beneficial to the entire body!
Shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, Sovereign Silver is a great addition to the holistic medicine cabinet. I like this brand the most out of all silvers out there on the market.
Out of all my immunity supplements, these are my go to. I think Pure Encapsulations is a great brand and their Ester-C works well for me. Dr. Christopher’s Immune System is a synergistic blend or organic herbs that supports the immune system anytime.
Ah my beloved essential oils! I have literally replaced my medicine cabinet with essential oils. My go to oils for immune support are eucalyptus globulus, thyme, ravinsara, Deliverance blend from Butterfly Express, and Thieves blend from Young Living. I use these brands plus a brand called Primavera that comes from Germany. You can find Primavera oils at goddessofspring.com. Use “ajwellness” to get 10% off your order!
I LOVE Dr. Christopher’s products. I take this stuff by the hour when I’m feeling sniffles or a sore throat come on. It tasted kind of like a balsamic vinegar dressing that is VERY garlicky. It’s smelly but effective!
Can’t live without my zinc! We are all very, very zinc deficient. If I feel a sore throat come on, I do what’s called “zinc shock therapy” and this stuff takes it away every time. I like this brand because it does not upset my stomach.
Oil of oregano is a potent anti-viral and anti-bacterial remedy. I sometimes use oregano essential oil, but it is very strong and can burn, a lot! I put a few drops of this in water or juice just once or twice a day and it helps my immune system to stay strong and supportive to my overall health.