How to have a Healthy Immune System Naturally???

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The beginning of “Flu season” is here so that means???? For hundreds of thousands it means doing what they think they ought to, to be healthy. I have already begun to see that tables being set up at Walmart’s and other places.

According the the CDC , they ”recommend getting a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.” However, for our family we will NOT be getting a flu vaccine or any vaccine for that matter.

Did you know that no matter if it is the “Flu season” or the middle of the summer, your body is constantly fighting off allergens, bacteria and viruses.

Most of the time, while your immune system is fighting off these things, you do not feel anything. You may not exhibit any symptoms at all. However, when you do have symptoms this is just your body’s natural way of ridding toxins from itself, which is your immune systems purpose!

For about the last 100 years the tendency has been to run to the “medicine chest” and inundate your body with a substance that promises to “cure” you.

It is good to know that more times than not, your body does not really need any help. God made your body to heal itself! These medicines actually do more harm than good by presenting the immune system with yet another toxin with which it must deal. Also, your immune system begins to depend on medicines when you don’t allow it or give it an opportunity to be healthy on it’s own.

So rather than breaking down the Immune system, help build it!

How do we do that?

  1. Get your nervous system checked by a wellness Chiropractor (read here why children should go to a chiropractor)
  2. Take a daily multi-vitamin and probiotics
  3. Use essential oils to help when your immune system is down
  4. Exercise
  5. Get enough sleep
  6. Reduce toxins (environmentally, smoking, alcohol, medications, etc.)
  7. Eat in season produce and concentrate on these foods to help build your Immune System:

Vitamin C: a great start to building your immune system, and also helps to form collagen and elastin in the event of injury. The following are food high in Vitamin C.
-Kiwi – twice the C as Oranges or Broccoli
-Chili Peppers – red and green ones Cauliflower
-Brussels sprouts – eat ‘em up Papayas and Guava
Nuts: while high in fat, many nuts can help reduce your LDL cholesterol by 7% to 10%. Try switching from Peanut butter and nuts to Almond butter though, because Peanuts do not have the same effect.
Fish Oil: time for those Omega 3 oils. Not only do fish oils help to reduce inflammation, but they also prevent arterial sclerosis and boosts your immune system.
-“Fatty” cold water fish ~ Salmon Haddock Mackerel Tuna

Alkalizing foods: It is now known that is an acidic environment in which bacteria and viruses can thrive. Eating large amounts of sugar, protein and fungus causes acidity. Eating foods that are alkalizing not only combats acid levels, but boosts your immune system as well.
-Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Almonds, Avocados,Lemons Sprouts – including sprouted grains Wheat grass, Radishes, Chia seeds, Cabbages, Celery, Garlic, Spinach, Kamut, Carrots, Beets, Zucchini, Turnips

How are you going to keep your immune system Healthy this Fall?

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It’s Healthy 2day Wednesdays 20th Link Up! So glad you’re here! Thank you for stopping by! Hope you’ll take a second to read some of the other entries! I hope we will all learn something to help make our families healthier!


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About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to 2 children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family and health. She supports her husband in helping to change the way people look at their health and uses this blog as a tool to do that. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family.

Comments

  1. I posted a profile of teff, a gluten-free grain. Teff flour is actually great in baking cookies and muffins.

  2. Thanks for the link up! It’s my first time joining you. :-)

  3. Great tips for healthy food choices for this cold/flu season. I know that by making the changes I did through green smoothies that even though I did get the same cold everyone else did, my symptoms were much less severe and lasted less time.

  4. Hi Rachel,
    I shared my videos of making pecan crusted apple crisp and grain-free matzoh balls as well as an articles bout farm subsidies.

  5. I agree about keeping you immune system healthy, and wanted to add we use elderberry when we start to feel sick and also I make homemade chicken bone broth.

  6. Becky- So glad you joined in this week! Hope you’ll dive into some of the other healthy posts!

    Brenna- Glad you brought up cold also, I meant to say that in the post! We will have to try more green smothies to help out!

    The MsDowells- Checked out your blog, great stuff! Love your pumpkin patch pictures! Elderberry is also a great tip! And I would love to make my own broth, will have to look into it, do you have a recipe on your blog?

  7. We have found that taking coconut oil is a sure fire way to stay healthy … and when something sneaks in anyhow, oral garlic kicks it right back out. But I didn’t know that about the alkalizing foods … and the protein. Thanks :)

  8. Thanks for this tips! You’d be surprised at the dirty looks I get when coworkers find out that I will not be getting the flu shot supplied by the company. I have never had the flu shot and I can’t tell you the last time I was truly sick.

  9. Thanks for hosting, Rachel. Today I linked up a post on the autoimmune epidemic that is sweeping the country, and my own personal experience with using detox treatments to address some of my symptoms. I hope others will find the post helpful and informative: http://commonsensehomesteading.blogspot.com/2011/09/autoimmune-epidemic-can-detox.html

  10. Hope you’re settling in to your new home and enjoying it! We’re sharing our apple cheddar muffins which are a great way to use some of fall’s abundance of apples. :) Blessings, ~Lisa

  11. Lisa Grace- we love coconut oil, it is so diverse & helps with all kinds of things! You can also buy water.

    Rachel Lynn- First of all, GREAT name :) Some people are shocked when we trll them we don’t do vaccines also. Thanks for stopping by, I’ll have to check out your 2 blogs!

  12. Great post! I shared my stuffed courgettes! Have a lovely week!

  13. Thanks for finding and inviting me! I posted five different articles so sorry if that overwhelmed you. Those are the best ones I have right now and that gets me caught up on your blog with sharing. I will come back every week and post the new ones, too! LOVE your blog :)

  14. Thank you for hosting! This week I have shared the following seasonal farm-to-table recipes that I made last week that promote good health through nutrition from eating fresh unprocessed seasonal produce:

    brazil nut pesto cream
    http://theintentionalminimalist.blogspot.com/2011/09/brazil-nut-pesto-cream-heirloom-tomato.html

    spicy-n-sweet pepper & corn salad
    http://theintentionalminimalist.blogspot.com/2011/09/spicy-n-sweet-pepper-corn-salad.html

    nut pâté
    http://theintentionalminimalist.blogspot.com/2011/09/nut-pate.html

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist

  15. I just found your blog via Raising Homemakers. Thanks for these tips! I can’t get the flu shot due to having had an allergic reaction to it in the past, so I’m always looking for ways to help my immunity other than by going for a flu shot.

  16. I agree that because the fly virus mutates so rapidly, getting the flu vaccine is like taking a shot in the dark.

    However, the CDC isn’t just trying to pump people with toxins. Aside from clean water, vaccines have saved MORE lives from disease from anything else- ever. Not getting your children immunized puts others at risk.

    Just had to put my two cents in, because it’s something I feel passionate about. Other than that, I’ve enjoyed your tips as I’m adamant about keeping colds and flus at bay this season.

    Best,
    Holly

  17. Rachel,
    I do appreciate your sending the email on Wednesday morning :) I am in a rush to get out my link-up, too, but once I learn all about it, I’ll be more regular! May I ask you to link up to ‘Encouraging One Another’? I know the friends that visit your blog would appreciate the health tips you share! Your topics have given me lots of good info. Please come and join us if you can at http://www.deeprootsathome.com

  18. Thanks for hosting again! :-) I really enjoyed this article…..it’s high on my mind right now.

    I’ve linked up my take on Chocolate Peanut Butter.

  19. I shared my Mango Chia “Pudding” that is packed with immune-supporting nutrients!

  20. The October #Unprocessed Food Challenge at Eating Rules is perfect for getting my family’s immune system ready for cold season. However, this fall, knock on wood, we’re doing much better than last year because we already eat a mostly whole foods diet.

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