Top 5 Natural Immune Boosters For Flu Season
The news is filled with screaming headlines about the flu. Yes, another flu season is upon us, but germs do not have to govern your life. Don’t be paranoid, but do go out and fill up your medicine cabinet with these all natural immune boosters that will give your body a fighting chance against the dreaded flu.
1. Pure Synergy Vitamin C Complex
Contrary to popular belief, ascorbic acid is not complete vitamin C. Every vitamin on our planet comes in a complex package, and in Vitamin C’s case the ascorbic acid is only the outer shell encasing the rest of the complex that contains most of the benefits including the little known vitamin P. Ascorbic acid contains powerful antioxidants, and thus it packages very profitably because it outlasts its weaker counterparts. However, stripping the vitamin’s protective layer from the rest of the vitamin is a nutritional crime. Your body needs every part of the vitamin to absorb it as a whole. Your body just doesn’t recognize ascorbic acid as vitamin C without the rest of the C complex. When people take large amounts of ascorbic acid to help boost their immune system, their body recognizes a toxic amount and flushes it as promptly as possible. Here is the scary part though. In order for your body to flush this vitamin imposter, it pulls every other part of the vitamin C complex from your system. This is the only way it can absorb the benefit, but now your body has an imbalanced amount of vitamin C consisting of all the scattered fragments that don’t quite make a whole anymore. It is a complex fraction problem, really. All puns aside, this vitamin C complex by Pure Synergy restores your body’s levels of vitamin C by giving you the entire vitamin in each capsule. Your body will thank you because it is better to correct a deficiency of a vitamin than to have an imbalance of one.You can read more about this phenomenon in Judith DeCava’s book: The Truth About Vitamins and Antioxidants.
2. Traditional Medicinals Echinacea tea
This Echinacea tea is quite potent. If you follow the package instructions and let it steep properly, you may notice a slight tingling sensation on your taste buds at the first sip. This is one of the identifying characteristics of good Echinacea. This herb boasts many immune-boosting benefits. According to the Lancet, Echinacea reduces your chance of catching the common cold by 58%! It also shortens the course of the common cold by as much as 1 ½ days. Keeping a box of this tea on hand at all times will help you to nip those flu symptoms in the bud!
Oscilloccocinum is a homeopathic treatment for flu-like symptoms including body aches, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue. It is widely available at many drugstore chains. It is Amazon.com’s #1 best-seller in cold and flu medicine. I’ve experienced great success in warding off symptoms of impending immune disaster with Oscilloccocinum, but you do have to take it immediately upon recognition of symptoms to utilize its full potential. It always works best at the beginning of an illness, and the size of each little vial makes it really easy to slip into your purse on the go.
4. Sambucus Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup is a charming berry loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, and immune-boosting properties. Scientific research supports the well-deserved reputation of the elderberry. In one study, researchers found that elderberry extract inhibited several strains of influenza and reduced symptoms. Elderberry syrup flavonoids were even found to be effective in fighting the H1N1 (Swine flu) virus. The other added benefit of elderberry syrup is that it tastes great, and your children will swallow it without any complaints!
5. Silver Biotics Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is one of the most powerful immune boosters known to mankind. It is also anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. You can read my article on it's 10 top benefits here. I find that it is very effective to take several doses in rapid succession when I notice any symptoms of illness. I have poured it into my ear during ear infections and experienced immediate relief due to its anti-bacterial properties. I’ve used it in a spray bottle to heal painfully sore throats more rapidly too.
If you can avoid strenuous rounds of antibiotics this flu season your gut will be better off. Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut? Antibiotics flush the good bacteria from your microbiome as well as the bad. If you want to improve your overall immunity to germs, I would suggest addressing your gut as the root cause.
I hope this article serves to give you some helpful, natural options to fighting the flu. By all means, consult your doctor if necessary, but don’t let paranoia about the flu get the best of you either. Your body can often fight off early-stage illness very easily with the natural assistance of these immune boosters.
Check out these other great articles by EMaxHealth: 3 Easy Ways to Fight the Flu Naturally Starting Now and Here Is Your Natural Alternative to the Flu Shot.