I Hate Being Sick!
Being sick is a waste of my time and I’d rather be doing something else. I’ve found some amazing things that have actually worked for our family and when I say worked, I mean we haven’t had to go to a doctor or take any medications, prescription or over-the-counter, in 5 years. Yes, 5 Y-E-A-R-S and I have S-I-X kids. That’s what I mean when I say, “these actually work” and aren’t just Old Wife’s Tales.
You may be thinking, “Oh she’s just someone that doesn’t get sick.” That wasn’t the case before we started using these natural solutions. I was chronically sick with this or that and my kids were your typical kids with ear infections, colds, flu, croup - the normal stuff. I remember feeling a bit helpless and frustrated with the options I had as a mom. However, I’ve found by using these remedies, we’ve drastically reduced the amount of junk we get AND we get over things much faster without having to go to a doctor or use synthetic medications.
Now, I’m not anti-doctor. I love and appreciate them, but want to love and appreciate them from a distance if at all possible.
So here’s my top 8 for boosting the immune system and I’ve stuck to those with research to back up the claims. I’ve included the exact products we use at the end:
#1 - Probiotics
Probiotics are good flora that populate your gut and are responsible for supporting digestion, combating harmful organisms, and keeping your immune system in check.
Did you know that 70% of our immune system is found in your gut? Crazy! That makes taking care of it very important to your health. So, were do we get probiotics to maintain gut health? Probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt and kefir can help populate our gut with good bacteria. 
If you’re not a fan of these foods, I recommend a high-quality, probiotic supplement that will help balance your ratio of good to bad bacteria.
#2 - Cleanse
Yes, cleansing! Why? Because, we are exposed to toxins 24 hours a day. Let’s see . . . today you probably took in a hefty serving of toxins from you computerss, cell phone, food, water, air, cleaning products, mattresses, skin and hair care products, not to mention medication if you use them. You can’t avoid toxins completely, unless you want to operate in a bubble. Most toxins take up residence in your intestines and wreak havoc once again on your immune system. They also build up in your liver, one of your filtering organs and can cause long-term health problems. So, what can you do to be proactive? That’s right, cleanse those stinkers from your body.
#3 - Essential Oils
This is a simple one and a no-brainer. Many essential oils are natural antioxidants. They help to eliminate free radicals from the body and prevent cell damage. Again this helps to improve your immune systems. Clove essential oils is the highest known antioxidant on the planet! That’s right, ON THE PLANET! Not only does it help support your immune system by preventing damage to your body, but also slows down the aging process. Yippy!
Another great essential oil to help boost your immune system is oregano essential oil, which is extremely good at defending against dangerous organisms. High-quality oregano oil’s potency is partially due to a compound called carvacrol, which has been shown to promote a healthy balance of good to bad bacteria. Beware, it’s an “hot” oil and will feel a little “burny” if you put it on straight. I prefer the bottom of my feet, then put socks on.
#4 - Digestive Enzymes
This is a big one that most people overlook. You have different types of enzymes your body needs to function properly, metabolic and digestive are two of them. Metabolic enzymes aid the entire body with your metabolic functions. Digestive enzymes aid in breaking down food so you can absorb the nutrients. Over time your body decreases the amount of digestive enzymes it produces. When we don’t have enough digestive enzymes, not only do we absorb less nutrients, we decrease the amount of metabolic enzymes our body produces because it’s trying to increase its digestive enzyme production.  Well, what happens when our metabolism slows down? That’s right, we gain weight. So, not only are digestive enzymes important for immune support, but also for overall health and maintaining an appropriate weight.So, how do you supplement? You can eat green, leafy vegetables and others foods high in digestive enzymes. Also, try not to microwave your food or cook at high temperatures, which kills enzymes. But, sometimes that can be hard, so you can actually take digestive enzymes as a dietary supplement.
#5 - Proper Sleep & Rest
Lack of sleep can affect your immune system according to many studies that show people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also af
fect how fast you recover if you do get sick. 
If you or someone in your family has a hard time getting enough quality sleep, one solution that’s been helpful for us is using “calming” essential oils. They work really fast and as a bonus they are safe!
#6 - Reduce Stress
Stress can put a strain on your immune system.  This is a tough one! We have so many stresses in our lives. It’s one of the top health concerns in the United States and it’s not going away soon. I’ve found exercise, especially running, very helpful for reducing stress. Other options, depending on your preference, are meditation, massage, yoga and journaling.In addition, essential oils again have been shown to be a very fast and effective way to reduce stress.
#7 - Turmeric
A yellowish spice found in m
any Indian dishes, turmeric has a number of proven health benefits. It’s high in antioxidants to protect immune cells fro
m free radical damage.  In addition, studies have reported that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, may be responsible for supporting the action of T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells. This effect provides support for the body against a wid
e range of viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp. of turmeric to your meals, or take a high-quality turmeric supplement to provide further nutritional support.
#8 - Proper Nutrition
This really should be #1, because it’s the best way to boost your immune system. When you feed your body properly it’s been created to withstand most bugs. Our body is an amazing gift and by treating it well, you will be well.Eating whole foods, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and high-quality fats & proteins provides nutrients you need. Drinking plenty of water and and eliminating processed foods, coffee, caffeine, and sugars will also contribute to a healthy immune system.That sounds a little overwhelming for most of us, especially with kids and super hard when it’s not something you grew up with. I totally get that. We do our best in our home, but honestly it’s not good enough. So, we’ve chosen to use high quality supplements, which contain wholefood vitamins and minerals, all our omegas, essential oils including clove and the highest antioxidants found in plants including turmeric.
My Challenge To You
Become an advocate for prevention and true wellness by taking proactive measures to create a healthy life for you and your family.
Happy Immune Boosting,
How To Use Essential Oils
1. Topical UseApplying oil topically can be a wonderful way to reap their benefits. I generally rub oils on the back of my neck, or on the bottoms of my feet before bed. I usually use fractionated coconut oil to dilute them, and then rub them into my skin.2. Aromatic UseMy other secret essential oil weapon is my collection of essential oil diffusers. As you know, I have several and I use them ALL. THE. TIME. If you are having a hard time deciding on a diffuser, my essential oil review post will point you in the right direction.
It’s easy to add just a few drops of any of these oils to a bit of water in your essential oil diffuser.
3. Internal Use
(only Certified Pure Oils)
You can take most essential oils internally. You can put a few drops in some water and drink it. Put drops straight into your mouth or use some pre-made softgels that contain the oils, which is super convenient.