How are you guys? Hope you’re feeling good and healthy!
I still remember last winter. It was kinda rough in terms of sicknesses. I felt we where sick on and off forever. Not fun, not fun at all! This year I am more actively trying to boost our immune systems so that we’ll hopefully have a better winter this time…knock on wood! So I thought I would share my favorite Immune System Booster so far with you. Let’s start:
I love Elderberry syrup. I like to mix one teaspoon into my lukewarm herbal tea and maybe ad some freshly pressed lemon juice.
I’ve always bought the syrup but it’s supposed to be significantly cheaper if you make it yourself. I want to try that. Wellnessmama has a recipe on her blog. I’ve read here what to watch out for when making your own elderberry syrup. I want to try making elderberry gummies too.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The Elderberry Syrup which I currently have has apple cider vinegar in it but sometimes I still like to add some to my tea-Elderberry-Syrup-drink. Sometimes I just have hot water, fresh pressed lemon juice, Apple Cider Vinegar and some honey. You can read about the immune boosting properties of Apple Cider Vinegar here. But there are even more benefits of apple cider vinegar.
I also like to take some additional Vitamin C. For a long time I didn’t because I didn’t want to take ascorbic acid, which is the synthetic form of Vitamin C. I wanted the real deal. You guys, I’ve found a good one! I use this one which is 100% natural. The Vitamin C is from wildcrafted fruits and berries, YES! Since it’s a powder it’s very easy to take. For the kids too.
Organic raw and unfiltered honey
Honey is a natural way to soothe sore throats because it coats your throat. Honey also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi which makes it a great (and great tasting) immune booster. I currently have this honey.
Fermented foods are good for your gut health. Your gut plays a big role when it comes to your immune system. Our ancestors used fermentation to prolong the foods shelf life. Now we know that fermentation has lots more benefits. It also boosts the nutritional value of the fermented foods. So cool! The most accessible one is probably yogurt. If you choose one with a high live probiotic content it’s even better for your immune system. My favorite fermented foods are: Kombucha, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Water Kefir, Sauerkraut. I want to eat more Miso soup too.
Fresh pressed lemon juice with warm water or a herbal tea on an empty stomach is good. It just seems to get the whole system going. It is also high in Vitamin C and potassium which give your immune system a boost. Read more about why you should drink lemon juice with warm water here.
What about you? What are your favorite Immune Boosters?