5 Easy Ways to Support the Immune System

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It’s been hard to keep everyone well this year, but we’ve managed to stay mostly healthy at my house by living an overall pretty healthy lifestyle. That’s not to say we haven’t had a few sniffles and coughs, but we have not had the flu or any long lasting illness around here. I have found five easy ways to support immune system so we all stay healthier and am excited to share them with you today.

5 Easy Ways to Support the Immune System

1. Take a high quality probiotic.

Probiotics are live microorganisms that live naturally in our guts. They play a lot of beneficial roles in our bodies, one of which is to support the immune system. When we have a lot of healthy probiotics in our guts, the bad bacteria have a harder time making us sick. Some probiotics also produce a substance called bacteriocin which can actually keep bad bacteria from growing. To insure you have enough probiotics living in your gut, it’s a good idea to find a high quality probiotic supplement to take, especially in the winter.

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2. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the importance of getting enough vitamins and minerals, but if you’re like my kids, it might be hard to enjoy enough servings. One way I make sure we get enough vitamins in the winter is to ramp up our intake of smoothies. I love all the fresh citrus in the winter! Oranges, cuties, pineapples all make great bases for nutrient rich smoothies. My kids’ favorite smoothie right now is Orange, Banana, Strawberry Smoothie with spinach thrown in for good measure! We also love a Pineapple, Orange, Banana Smoothie and lots of other kinds of green smoothies as well, depending on what we happen to have in our fridge.

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3. Reduce stress.

Reducing stress is a big part of immune support for me. If I’m too stressed, I can’t sleep.  If I can’t sleep, I become totally worn down and don’t function well. And then I get sick. It’s a big downward spiral for me. Sometimes, it seems like my stress is impossible to reduce – that’s when hard changes need to be made. Then I just need to reflect, talk to friends, and work it out on my own. Other times. working out, listening to soothing music, reading a good book, soaking in the bathtub, engaging in a hobby, or drinking a nice cup of tea or glass of wine can really help me relax.

4. Get enough sleep.

According to WebMD, preliminary research suggests that people who get seven hours or fewer sleep each night are three times as likely to get the common cold after exposure than people who get eight or more hours sleep at night.  I know I go to bed a lot earlier in the winter – usually because it’s just so dark and cold out here in Eastern Iowa. I never have functioned well on fewer than seven hours of sleep and sometimes it seems like I need at least 10 hours each night to be a polite, functioning member of society. It really helps me sleep better if I can unwind my mind before I go to bed. That means doing something relaxing, reading books with my kids, or reading a book just for me. Turning of the computer and putting down my phone help out immeasurably too.

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5.  Drink supportive teas.

I have long been a fan of Traditional Medicinals teas – and have been drinking them ever since I first got pregnant over ten years ago. I lived on Raspberry Leaf, Nettle Leaf, and other teas during pregnancy and once my babies were born, I downed Mother’s Milk to make sure I would not have a breastmilk supply issue. Now that I am no longer pregnant or nursing {and have no plans to ever do so again}, I still love Traditional Medicinals teas – specifically their Echinacea Plus, which supports the immune system, Breathe Easy, which promotes respiratory health, and Nighty Night which promotes a good night’s sleep. All of these teas are soothing and delicious – just enjoyable to drink. They are just perfect for cold winter days.

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I actually met an herbalist from Traditional Medicinals this summer at an amazing conference called Shift Con. I was thrilled to learn more about their processes and sniff some amazing herbs. I love the core philosophies, Steep Sustainability, that guide Traditional Medicinals as they “strive to uphold the three pillars of sustainability: environmental protection, social equity, and economic viability.”  I love that for forty years, they have cared for the environment as well as the people from whom they source their herbs. I love that they source organic and non-GMO ingredients. And I really love that they share their sustainability pledge each year in a sustainability report. Traditional Medicinals is simply put, a great company doing what’s right. 

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What’s your favorite Traditional Medicinals tea? Please also share a tip you have for supporting your immune system that I didn’t mention!

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Comments

  1. I am starting to include as many teas as I can in my days. Herbal teas are soooo awesome, especially right now when it's so cold and I just want something warming !!! Now I just have to manage my stress better!!
  2. What a great post! I have had some "medicinal teas" before but never really understood all of the benefit of them so I am happy to read some of your first hand experience with what they can do for a body. Thanks for the great information.
    • The native tribes used all kinds of herbal remedies - and interesting, a lot of the modern pharma drugs are synthetic versions of herbal remedies too! Thanks for commenting, Beth Ann. <3
  3. In addition to the things you said, I take an elderberry capsule each morning and use essential oils to combat 'easy' illnesses (like eucalyptus and peppermint for nasal congestion). Great post, Michelle!
    • We've done elderberry in the past. In fact, I have a bunch of dried elderberries in my pantry right now - just waiting for me to turn them into syrup. :D Thanks, Kelli.

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