Easy ways to boost your family’s immune system and protect your health.
Small habit changes can help you boost your immune system. Today I am sharing easy ways to boost your family’s immune system and protect your health.
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Easy ways for you to boost your family’s immune system and protect their health.
There are simple ways that you can boost you and your family’s immune system and protect yourself. Boosting your immunity is something that everyone is considering at the moment. Never in a million years did I think that would be something that I would have to make a conscious effort, but here we are in the middle of a pandemic and a strong immune system and staying safe at home is probably our best defenses.
What does the immune system do?
Our immune system is our protection against diseases. A healthy immune system gives us the ability to rid our bodies of bacteria, viruses, and toxins that may cause illness. Your immune system also helps to suppress responses to external triggers like food or the organism itself.
The immune systems detect potential diseases and send a signal for the body to attack the foreign invaders. Our body then creates antibodies specifically to attack the disease in the future, which is the act of building our immune system. You can build your immune system, but it takes time. That is why vaccines are encouraged for some diseases because they confer immunity.
The Importance of a Strong Immune System
A healthy immune system can help you withstand diseases. Those with compromised immune systems are often getting sick with diseases, which is not the best quality of life. Unless you have a compromised immune system and even if you do, it is essential to seek ways to build your immune system.
Ways you can build your family’s immunity.
Or there are other ways you can build your immune system. By nourishing your body and adding supplements to help give you increase your immune system. Age is also a factor in immunity. The lack of exposure to pathogens in young children causes them to get sick more often than adults. It’s important to provide some added support through immune-boosting supplements.
How can food boost my immunity?
Food is the way that we fuel our bodies and certain food components enhance our natural defenses. There are foods that you can eat to nourish your body and build your immune system. A nourishing diet, daily movement, environmental changes, rest, and supplements are easy changes that you can make to help support your immune system.
Foods that are great to support your immunity
As multiple studies have revealed, eating foods that are rich in micronutrients or vitamins and minerals can help boost the immune system—specifically, fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables that are high in nutrients, like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E—may help to enhance immune function. You can find many antioxidants in fruits and vegetables that help to reduce the imbalance between free radical production and antioxidants in your body, which is called oxidative stress.
What foods boost immunity?
Let’s break it down to food nutrients versus food types. You are looking for foods that are rich in beta-Carotene. Beta-Carotene is a super antioxidant nutrient that helps our immune function.
Food Rich in Beta-Carotene
To get more beta-carotene in your diet, add foods like:
- sweet potatoes
- red and yellow peppers
Herbs and Spices with Beta-Carotene
You can also add herbs and spices like:
These are great additions to your meals for extra beta-carotene.
Foods with Vitamin C and E help to Boost Immunity
Vitamin C and E are antioxidants that also assist the body’s natural immune response.
Foods that are rich in Vitamin C
We often hear about Vitamin C because it’s one of those super antioxidants that help with several body functions. Vitamin C helps you absorb and process iron, it’s also vital for teeth and gum health, promotes healthy immune function, and promotes normal healing. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps healthy cellular structures. It supports normal muscle repair processes and helps maintain immune system balance. Vitamin E also contributes to the formation of red blood cells. It’s part of the process of cell interaction and is an essential vitamin for vital functions in the body.
You can add both vitamins C and E through the foods that you eat. Foods that are rich in vitamin C are:
- citrus fruits
- bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- dark leafy greens, such as kale, mustard greens, and chard
Foods that are rich in Vitamin E are:
- spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens, broccoli, kale
- bell peppers
- Vegetable oils (such as wheat germ, sunflower, safflower, corn, and soybean oils)
- Nuts (such as almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts/filberts)
- Seeds (such as sunflower seeds)
Foods Rich in Zinc:
Zinc is a mineral that has been found to help support the production of white blood cells, which are critical components of the immune system. It can be found naturally in a lot of foods that we already eat.
Foods that contain Zinc are:
- pumpkin seeds,
- sesame seeds,
- and lentils.
Rest can help boost immunity
Getting an adequate amount of sleep to help restore your body can also help increase your defense against diseases and boost your immunity. Rest is often underrated but very vital to all functions of the body and should be considered an important part of your daily routine. Most people try their best to go until they no longer can, and they can avoid sickness and illness from something simple like rest.
What supplements help support immune system function in adults?*
Supplements offer you the vitamins and minerals that you lack in your diet. There are so many extenuating circumstances why you can’t get all the micronutrients you need. Supplements are an excellent insurance policy.
You can add vitamins C, E, and D, and Zinc as supplements or take a daily multivitamin to cover your bases.
Something that I have been taking since the quarantine is Beta-Glucans with ImmuneEnhancer™. Beta-Glucans is a supplement that helps support the normal immune function. Beta-Glucans, specifically Beta-1,2/1,6-D-Glucan, are bioactive carbohydrates that assist our cells in their normal immune function. NOW’s Beta-Glucans has 250mg of the Beta-Glucans that actively support for our immune system.* Another ingredient that Beta-Glucans has is the larch arabinoglacatan that has also been studied to help support the immune system.*
Other supplements that I have been taking to support my immune system are a probiotic and prebiotic daily.* Check out my post on why gut health is important.* A healthy gut is also helpful in supporting your immune system.*
NOW® has so many great probiotic options. I trust NOW because of their verified probiotic strains. What does that mean?
NOW is one of the only companies that can trace their strains of probiotic to their “identity, potency, purity, and bacterial strain.” When I first began taking probiotics, it was hard to choose the right one for me. NOW also has so many options, so check out their Guide to Probiotics for more information. I have the capsules and packets, but you can get probiotics in chewable lozenges, as well as powders.
If you don’t know which one to check out this video from NOW
Immune Supplements for Kids
My children already take a multivitamin and probiotics. My girls’ ages are 16, 12 and 5. I feel confident in getting all of my supplements from NOW. From my oldest to youngest, they are all supporting their immune systems with the help of NOW.
NOW daily vitamins are part of our morning routine. Other children’s multivitamins have questionable fillers, but with the quality standards of NOW, I can trust that my children are getting the essential vitamins and minerals they need even if they don’t finish all their broccoli on their plate. It gives me comfort to know they are getting what they need.
I can’t stress the importance of gut health; a healthy gut can improve your quality of life, hair, skin, emotions, and support your immunity. Even our littles need probiotics. I find NOW’s probiotics superior to other probiotics because of their RiboPrinter® analysis. I think it’s essential that our children’s guts are healthy so they can grow and develop, and I find comfort in NOW’s quality standards to give them to my family.
Also, check out other ways I promote a healthy gut with my children. In my post on Boost your Immunity Recipes with Gut healthy treats for the family.
I discovered Elderberry about two years ago, and this year it has gained popularity as more and more people find the value in these “super berries.” You can find Elderberry in many forms. I try not to give my girls gummies for vitamins because I am concerned they may get hold and have a snack. So, I chose the NOW® Elderberry Liquid for Kids because it combines elderberry concentrate with zinc and astragalus. Astragalus is an herbal ingredient that NOW includes to support a healthy immune system response, and it also contains zinc.* I think that the entire family should add Elderberry to their daily routine all year round.
How to Boost your immune system naturally?
What you eat, your rest and the supplements you take can help you boost your immune system naturally. The power these three factors have on protecting you from disease and illness is incredible. Prepare yourself to ward off infectious diseases by building your immune system.
Check out my post on 100 Healing foods for ways to nourish and heal your body.
Easy Ways to Boost your immune system
- Wash your hands often
- Move more
- Nourish your body with fruits and vegetables
- Take quality supplements
- Drink Water
- Stress Less
Well, some of these are easier than others; I believe rest and stress are hard during our current climate. Self-care is important as well to boost your immune system. Take time daily to devote, pray, move, and nourish your body. Our bodies will fight for us if we supply it all the resources it needs. I want to encourage you to honor your temple spirit, mind, and body.
Here is an encouraging devotional I wrote about recent events, and I hope some encouragement for you during these times. Check out God is still good.
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What ways do you boost your immune system?
1 David Baxter, Active and passive immunity, vaccine types, excipients and licensing, Occupational Medicine, Volume 57, Issue 8, December 2007, Pages 552–556, https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqm110
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