And suddenly it’s Fall – a time for cooler weather and depending on where you are, a time for Mother Nature to show all her colours. Unfortunately, at this time of year, along with our pumpkin spice lattes, many people are also reaching for the tissue box. That’s right, tis the season for colds, flu, and viruses.
Looking back on the past couple of years, the one thing we have all been striving for is immunity. The immune system is foundational to all aspects of health as it works to curb chronic inflammation, help fight infection and keep us from getting sick. Lucky for us, there are many ways to support the immune system! With the memory of the pandemic still so fresh in our minds, many people are searching for ways to boost their immune systems and fight germs. If you’re trying to do this more simply and naturally, you’re in luck. There are plenty of options!
Here are some of the best natural ways to boost your immune system, keep germs at bay, and protect yourself naturally from germs.
Good Hand Washing and Hygiene
When it comes to fighting germs, washing your hands will always be number one. Stop germs in their tracks and avoid spreading them to others with some basic measures:
- Wash your hands often. Before handling food, after touching high-touch areas and after using the washroom are key times.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, by coughing into the crook of your elbow rather than your hand.
- Keep cuts clean and covered.
- Try not to touch your face and resist the urge to pick or squeeze pimples. This invites germs.
When there’s no direct access to water and hand soap, we recommend having a hand sanitizer nearby. Hand sanitizers are often gentle and may even have skincare benefits – for both little and adult hands alike.
Many contain vegetable glycerin, vitamins, or aloe, all of which are natural ingredients that help soothe, pamper, and cleanse the skin. Germ-killing essential oils and natural alcohols are also something to consider in the ingredient list to halt pesky microbes in their tracks. We also recommend a small travel-sized option to throw in your bag or car, so you can quickly sanitize after gassing up or leaving the grocery store, for instance.
Immune-boosting Herbs and Supplements
What we put in our bodies has a huge impact on our immune system and its ability to defend itself against illness. Here are some of our top recommendations for the best foods and immune-boosting supplements:
This golden root from Asia is one of the world’s most popular immune boosters. Studies show that turmeric’s benefits and properties for immunity are hard to beat.
Why is turmeric so beneficial? Turmeric may help the body fight viruses like colds and flu while keeping strep, staph, and even Candida at bay. It may even support the body while dealing with HIV or HPV. It also helps inflammation, such as in arthritis.
The health benefits of turmeric are immense. It can be eaten as a root or in powder form. When looking for a turmeric supplement you want to ensure it is made with maximum strength and a high percentage of curcuminoids. In addition, black pepper helps your body absorb turmeric and therefore the best immune-boosting turmeric supplements also contain a little black pepper.
We suggest Dr. Tobais Turmeric Curcumin complete with BioPerine® for enhanced bioavailability, so your body can absorb the contents of each capsule more readily.
Garlic is often included in foods and supplements to boost the immune system. It’s come a long way as a folk remedy for coughs, colds, and flu. Studies today support its use in protecting the body from inflammation, strengthening the immune system, and even combating bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other pathogens that could harm us.
You might not find reishi mushrooms in your kitchen pantry as commonly as you would find turmeric or garlic, but that doesn’t make it any less a powerful immune healer.
For thousands of years, reishi has been used to empower the immune system in various ways. According to research, reishi mushroom’s properties are so strong, it’s even considered useful for supporting the body and reducing the risk of cancer.
Looking for an immune-boosting supplement with reishi mushrooms? Try Dr. Tobais Candida Support.
You’ve probably heard of oregano, a popular spice for many Italian dishes, but have you ever tried oregano oil? Those who know, know! Oregano oil is a powerful-tasting natural anti-fungal.
What are the benefits of oregano oil? It’s mainly touted as an effective natural antibiotic and antifungal agent. It is also a strong antioxidant. For these reasons, oregano oil helps balance immune inflammation and helps support immune-related inflammatory illnesses (like autoimmune conditions).
Pure oregano oil can be taken by mouth, however, if you are looking for a less tongue-tingling way to consume this powerful herb, you might try taking an oregano oil supplement. Oregano leaf extract (oregano oil) is the main ingredient in Dr. Tobais Candida Support.
Boosting immunity isn’t only about herbs and botanicals. We all know we need to eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats but if your digestive system is not functioning optimally, it doesn’t matter how well you eat! The key to it all is a healthy gut! Why is gut health so important? Not only is serotonin produced in the gut, but 80% of our immune system is found there which means the gut is our first line of defence. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Researchers have shown that 50 million Americans have Autoimmune issues that may all stem from a faulty gut. Leaks in the gut lining seep into the bloodstream, triggering an autoimmune response. This can take the form of a common thyroid issue, or be as complicated as Crohn’s disease. The list of ailments is endless. We need our gut to be at its best so we can enjoy a healthy life. Prebiotics and Probiotics can be great primers for both the gut and immunity, too— and we have unique formulas for each.
Dr. Tobias Probiotics 30 Billion
Dr. Tobias Deep Immune Probiotics & Prebiotics
Want to learn more about probiotics and gut health? Check out: Gut Health 101 Probiotics & Prebiotics
Keeping the effects of germs and illnesses away can be as simple as cooking and eating healthy to make sure you get plenty of vitamins and minerals. Maintaining a healthy diet full of whole fruits and vegetables can sometimes be a struggle! A complex supplement full of all your daily nutrient needs can help.
Make sure you opt for a vitamin supplement with vitamins C and E – important vitamins for immunity! Find them together in our Dr. Tobias Adult Multivitamin (from 42 whole fruits, vegetables, and plant-based enzymes!)
Read more about supplements to boost your immune system: Essential Vitamins for women
As the fall turns to winter, make sure you’re stocked up on the best natural ways to prevent germs at home. Both natural sanitary and health-boosting products are sure to do the trick to help boost and support your immune system.
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