There are many ways to support immunity. If you’re feeling run down, hanging out with sick people, or want to take natural preventative measures, here are some easy ideas.
Support your gut bacteria
The digestive system is lined with a huge number of immune cells. Because we’re always putting foreign objects in our mouths (i.e. food) we are constantly exposing ourselves to bacteria and microbes. Some bacteria are helpful—like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium from miso, tempeh, yogurt and cultured vegetables like sauerkraut—and others are not. The good news is, the more beneficial bacteria we have, the less likely we are to be colonized by something that is pathogenic. Studies have also shown that good bacteria help with maturation, activation and mobilizing of our immune cells—cells that fight both bacteria and viruses.
Sauerkraut or other cultured vegetables
Address adrenal health
The adrenal glands are small hat-shaped organs that sit on top of the kidneys. They produce the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is what we need to help us have energy in times of stress (so we can “fight or flight”). Cortisol in excess, however, will do its job all too well—impairing the immune function and digestion constantly. Therefore, it’s important to get this hormone balanced and under control.
De-stress with meditation, yoga or gentle exercise
Reduce caffeine, sugar and refine carbs
Eat enough protein
Use adrenal supportive herbs like rhodiola, astragalus, ashwaganda, schizandra, holy basil and ginseng
Take immune boosting herbs and nutrients
Vitamins A, C, D
Magnesium and zinc
Mushrooms: maitake, shitake, reishi, turkey tail, cordyceps
Immune supportive herbs: cayenne, myrrh, echinacea, turmeric, ginger
Antimicrobial herbs: garlic, grapefruit seed extract, thyme, oregano
Take care of yourself during fall and winter. Consult your naturopathic doctor if you need an immune boost. We offer vitamin injections, homeopathic immune-boosting injections, IV nutrient therapy, acupuncture and more to keep you feeling great.