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Boost Your Immune System Today Says Work at Home Grandma

Updated on October 22, 2014

Five Ways to Energize Your Immune System

Protect yourself and your family

In today’s health climate it is becoming increasingly important to protect ourselves from hidden dangers lurking all around us. Now that the flu season is approaching we need to be particularly mindful of our health. If you have small children you will surely be faced with colds, flu and whatever else comes from the germs breeding in a school classroom.

For myself I am a firm believer that God has given man all the natural remedies necessary to protect him against diseases. We should be thankful we live in a country with a top notch health infrastructure that enables us to secure whatever we need to help the good Lord along with his blessings. I am not so foolish as to believe that modern medicine is not beneficial under given circumstances, however, there are times when we must look out for ourselves and consider ways to prevent disease rather than sitting around and waiting for it to pounce upon us.

Over the years I have come across many natural forms of nutrition and wellness that work quite effectively. I will attempt to cover a few of them with this article but as we are talking about wellness and immunity today, most of the items are geared in that direction.

Eat Right for Good Nutrition

The first thing to consider when using supplements

Many people do not believe in supplements because they believe they get all the nutrition they need from food. As Americans we tend to eat on the run, grab a quick sandwich or just plain skip a meal. This is anything but good nutrition. Other people will tell you children can build up their immune systems by being subjected to germs and fighting them off. This too has it fallacies as increased exposure can overload an already compromised immune system and leave it vulnerable to more serious disease than just a simple cold or flu. One cold after another does not build up the immune system. It tears it down.

When considering what supplement to use, first and foremost you need to make sure you are using a well made product and not a drug store sale item. Many people think that by buying any vitamin they are helping themselves, however, a poorly processed product is worse than nothing at all. An example of this might be Turmeric that is well known for having joint healing properties. If it does not contain black pepper (bioperine piperine) to aid in absorption, it is worthless to you. Vitamin B12 products using Cyanocobalamin actually produce cyanide as they are processed by the body while Coenzyme methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin should be used as they are readily absorbed by the body for energy and nerve function. These are only two examples but the list could go on and on.

So what is the answer? Good quality supplements have the correct nutritional amounts and do not contain additives. You will need to do some research on what works best for you. There are many reputable companies and health nutrition outlets that have good products. Two companies I am very familiar with are Bodywise International and Wellness Resources, both of which can be found on Google. I find their products to be the purest and most helpful. Do your own research and make sure you are getting the best products for the best price.

So Many Supplements to Choose From

What Products to Use for What Ailment

There are so many fabulous natural products on the market it’s difficult to cover them all in one article. I have attempted to list below items I have used or become familiar with that do work. Again, I am not making claims to cure anything or diagnose anything, but just giving you suggestions.

One caveat to remember with anything natural is that it takes a month or more to get into the system to begin to see results. If you watch any infomercials that promise you immediate relief from a natural product, I would be very wary. Also, when treating cancer with natural products, success depends on the stage of the cancer and how long it has been active. When cancer growth is greater than 50%, it is difficult for any natural product to catch up. This is why it is vital to protect yourself before you become sick.

Some suggestions

Bone, Joint and Body Repair:

Glucosamine Chondroitin

MSM Sulfur

Curcumin from Turmeric

Hyaluronic Acid

Bromelain, Papain, Quercetin

Vitamin D3, Boron and K2

Calcium with Magnesium

Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Health:

Olive Leaf, Magnesium, Pomegranate Seed

CoQ10 – Ubiquinol for greater absorption

Vitamin E (D-alpha tocopherol)

Pantethine – Promotes healthy triglycerides & cholesterol

Milk Thistle

Grape Seed Extract

Blood Sugar and Weight Management:

Cinnamon

Green Coffee Extract

Banaba Extract

Chromium

Blueberry

Green Tea Extract

Pine Nut Oil

Mangosteen

Colon Health and Digestion

Soluble Fiber (Psylium)

Alfalfa

Peppermint

Pro-biotics (acidophilus)

Ginger

Licorice Root

Immune Power -- Your First line of defense

A good multi-vitamin with Coenzyme forms of folic acid, B12, B6, Vitamin A, C & D, and Zinc

Olive Leaf Extract, Colostrum, Arabinogalactan, Astragalus Root. Maitake Mushroom

Monolaurin – Coconut Oil

Oregano, Garlic* & Quercetin

*Use only Kyolic Garlic - No smells but will boost your immune system, keep your

cholesterol in check and the mosquitoes will HATE you. :-)

Noni

Colloidal Silver


Good Stuff to Have

Helping Your Immune System Along Its Journey

First of all it is important to note that all bacteria germinate in the stomach area. This is the reason a great many nutritionists do not advocate taking acid killing drugs for a long period of time. Sometimes those drugs kill so much of the stomach acid, there is little left to fight off the bad bacteria that we ingest thus we become more prone to flu and cold. Taking an immune product like GI Soother (made by Wellness Resources) helps to moderate these stomach acids in such a way that acid reflux medications may become unnecessary. It will also help to balance out the GI Tract in such a way that bacteria will be destroyed while promoting digestive health. This is just one example.

Most of the products I’ve listed above are probably very familiar to you but there’s just a few I’d like to examine more closely as we now have a risk factor for Ebola and the Enterovirus in children.

Quercetin is not only a great aid for the sinuses and lymph systems but also is a natural antibiotic. It will even help sooth a GI Tract when it is under the duress of an Irritable Bowel Syndrome and also aids in strengthening bones.

Colloidal Silver – A vital nutrient used in the common cold, flu and any other viral or bacterial infection. It will penetrate on a cellular level and destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.

Monolaurin - It is simply coconut oil. Coconut has wonderful anti-bacteria properties and is now available in soaps and supplements of all kinds. It is one supplement I would never be without in my cupboard. Monolaurin reminds me of tiny soap pebbles and tastes a little bit like them. But folks --- it works like a charm. I would even take a teaspoon daily for good measure during the cold and flu season. If everyone discovered the healing power of Monolaurin I don’t think they would be able to keep in on the stores shelves.

Immune Plus and Super Immune: Excellent products I would not be without. Immune Plus is made by Wellness Resources and contains 1700 Mg of Arabinogalactan which supports both the innate and the adaptive immune system. A small teaspoon in water or milk will even aid your child when fighting off those nasty bugs flying around a school room.

You Can Begin Today to Protect Your Health

Remember to drink six to eight glasses of water per day to flush out toxins from your body. Avoid contact with friends who are suffering from a cold or virus. Use a hand Sanitizer during shopping or travel. After being out in public immediately wash your hands upon arriving home. In fact, wash your hands as often as possible with good soap and hot water. It is just good common sense during the cold and flu season.

Be aware of the things that can compromise your immune system. Get a good night's rest, don't eat processed and sugar filled foods, try to avoid stress and get plenty of exercise. All these things add up to good health habits.

It is never too late to begin a healthy supplement program. We all have such busy lifestyles that we often do not get the nutrients we should have just by the food we eat. As I said in the beginning of this article: “God has provided all we need from the earth”. You are your own best resource. Read and discover all the many things that can aid you in your search for good health and long life. Our current health care system is first in the world but it may not always be that way. Right now with Obamacare we are experiencing difficulty in getting certain drugs and the frequency of medical tests are curtailed under the plan. Because of this, it is imperative we protect ourselves now.

Doctors are being spread thin under the new healthcare directives. There may come a time when we all will need to find ways to deal with illness and health issues because we cannot find a doctor who is available to help us or because our insurance will not allow us a much needed treatment. It never hurts to read and study. The answers are out there for you to discover. Do it today.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Traymaj

      Thanks for your interest and so glad the article was a benefit to you. I am a firm believer that God has given us all the natural things we need to keep ourselves healthy. Blessings to you.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Thank you for this - I've recently been informed that my immune system is compromised after an illness - I've been working towards rectifying this and am happy to read your article. I have some of the products you mentioned and now have some olive leaf extract.Will try some of the others also. Most informative - thank you.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Teaches12345

      Olive leaf is such a good one. Glad you got some help from the hub. Thanks.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      After reading your article, I must remember to pick up olive leaf extract. I am a nut about taking natural foods and supplements so you know I love this article! Thanks for the wonderful message and information. Sharing with others.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      M Abdullah javed

      Thanks for your input. Greatly appreciated

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Hi Sandra thanks for sharing a useful hub. The topic is important and so its contents. I enjoyed going through your feed about the supplements. Usually in view of keeping good health we keep an imbalance approach, sometimes rely heavely on the supplements sometimes out rightly rejects there necessity, your inputs are quite helpful. Thanks again. Voted useful.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Thanks for your review Sheila. Prevention is always the best medicine.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      Thanks for all of the great info about supplements. I always think it's better to boost your immune system and take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick than to have to take other medicines later.