Building & Supporting Your Immune System - Part 2
Written By: Christina Silveira
In part 2 of building and supporting your immune system, we will review the other ways we can help optimize your immune system health. In part 1, we discussed removing toxins from our home and our daily routines to support our body’s natural defence against germs, bacteria and infections. To read part 1, please click here.
Drinking water is part of your daily nutrition. The recommended amount is to drink half your body weight in oz of water every day. This is the simplest thing you can do and assists with proper elimination - which is another way of removing toxins from your body. It also helps to give you energy because your organs are hydrated and can function at full capacity.
Self-Care is one of those areas that us moms are lacking in. We put everyone else’s needs (ALL THE TIME!) before our own and this is often skipped out on. This is when we start to feel run down, exhausted and irritable. It more than likely comes with a bought of illness as well. Why? Because we are not doing all the things that our body needs to keep our immune system in-tune and well-being supported!
I’ve recently noticed this in myself. When I stop taking my vitamins, when I stop taking my immune support oils, when I work crazy long hours or am not getting enough sleep, when I don’t do the things that fill my cup so I can be the person and mom I want to be, without a doubt, every single time, I get sick. So I’m so conscious of this and protect this as much as possible.
I encourage you to make a list of all the things you like to do, FOR YOU! And make it a habit of engaging in these activities at least twice a week. It can literally be anything - read a book, spend 5 minutes a day of quiet outside, listen to music, take a bath with music, go for a walk/run/workout, go away for a weekend so you can sleep, write in your journal, write a book...whatever you want to be doing that makes YOU HAPPY. By doing this, you will feel like your cup is being filled, your head space will be more positive and you will be more present for your family.
Regular exercise is an integral part of maintaining your energy levels and a healthy immune system. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and when you sweat, you are removing toxins from within your body. Sweat is one of your biggest releases. Twenty minutes every single day (dance with your kids, take an epsom salt bath, a sauna, go for a run - whatever activity you love to do, and involve the kids when you can) is all you need as a release. Not to mention the endorphins that you are releasing and you just feel better! Motion is lotion!
Tips For When You DO Catch a Virus
Now I know what you’re thinking; ‘Well Christina, this all sounds great! But what do I do if I do get sick?’. I’m glad you asked! Here is what we do to support our bodies when we do happen to catch the odd cold or virus. This is a natural approach to supporting the body.
Take my FLOO capsule every 3 hours (Adults only)
Elderberry Syrup (one time per day)
Roll Immune Support roller on the bottom of my feet every 3 hours
Drink lots of fluids
Diffuse OnGuard throughout the entire day (Add Easy Air if there’s congestion)
If there’s congestion - Apply Eucalyptus to the chest & easy air over the bridge of my nose
Rest as much as possible
Use pure Vitamin C spray a few times throughout the day
Vitamin D drop
If there is a fever, Peppermint and Frankincense rolled along the spine
Elderberry Syrup has long been used by Hippocrates to aid in boosting the immune system. It has a wide array of health benefits which include its ability to fight colds and flu, allergies and inflammation. ‘A study published in the Journal of International Medical Research found that when elderberry was used within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, the extract reduced the duration of the flu, with symptoms being relieved on an average of four days earlier.’ 1 With back to school, I will be giving my oldest her dose of elderberry syrup daily for the first month!
A deficiency in vitamin D is linked to an increased autoimmunity and more susceptibility to infection. Research shows that vitamin D works to maintain tolerance within our body and promote protective immune support. We ensure the kids get a good quality vitamin D every single day.
Myrrh is a resin...that is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world...Myrrh strengthens the immune system with its antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties...A 2012 study validated myrrh’s enhanced antimicrobial efficacy when used in combination with Frankincense oil against a selection of pathogens. Researchers concluded that myrrh oil has anti-infective properties and can help boost your immune system.’1 This is another oil that I add to my immune support roller as that extra little boost because of the way OnGuard, Tea Tree, Frankincense and Myrrh work synergistically to provide a powerful support system to the body.
I’d love to hear what other strategies you use to help keep your immune system supported naturally!
*Because of the purity, potency and genuinity of the CPTG essential oils used, dilution is always recommended. The rate of dilution is different for children versus adults.