How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
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Infection in our body occurs when there is an invasion and multiplication of organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that are not normally present within the body. Our immune system protects against disease and infections. To function properly, the immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, from viruses to bacteria, and distinguish them from the organism’s own healthy tissue.

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Infection can come in many ways. If we look at the common types of infection, we are talking about skin infections, cold, flu, coughing or a runny nose. I’ve already written about 10 quick life hacks to improve your immunity where you can find lifestyle changes that can have a big impact on your immune system. The natural substances listed below can also boost your immune system and prevent infections, or if you’ve already developed an infection, you can speed up the healing process with them.

Below are very helpful natural remedies for infections:

zinc

zinc is a mineral that has anti viral properties and can help in wound healing and tissue repair. It also has a positive effect on the immune system and it may prevent low lymphocyte count.

According to studies zinc lozenges decrease the duration of colds (best effect is obtained when lozenges are taken at the first sign of cold). You can take zinc supplement in the range of 15-50 mg daily. In general. 15 mg a day seems to help against most common problems. Foods that contain zinc are seafoods (especially oysters), along with milk, whole grain breads, dark meat poultry, beans and nuts like cashews.

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Olive Leaf Complex

Olive leaf complex is also good for boosting the immune system and fighting infections. This is because olive leaves contain polyphenols that can fight a big variety of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and fungi. Experts recommend to take one tablespoonful (15ml) once to twice a day before eating for general maintenance.

But if you have an infection, such as common cold, flu or sinus infection, the recommended dose is two 5 ml teaspoons every six hours. For serious infections such as sore throat or swollen glands it is recommended to take three teaspoons (15 ml) every six hours. You can also read my article about 10 amazing health benefits of olive leaf, and how to make your own olive leaf tea.

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Vitamin C

During times of infection, the levels of vitamin C are rapidly depleted in the blood and in the white blood cells. Studies have found that vitamin C supplement improves the immune system and may strengthen the immune cells ability to fight infections. It has also been found that vitamin C not only speeds recovery from infections, but may also help to prevent the onset of infections. Several studies have shown that vitamin C can dramatically reduce infection time as well as boost one’s resistance to infections. The National Institution of Health recommends for adults to take 75 to 90 mg a day of vitamin C, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day.

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Garlic

Garlic is most well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties that help control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections. There is some early evidence that garlic consumption may decrease the frequency of colds in adults. Those who took garlic had fewer colds than those who took placebo, and when they did get a cold, their symptoms went away faster than those who took placebo. You can find more information in my previous articles how to use garlic as a medicine and 6 common mistakes when using garlic as an antibiotic.

Astargalus

Astragalus root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years to strengthen the body and the immune system. It has antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains antioxidants and helps to protect the body against physical, mental or emotional stress, including preventing colds and upper respiratory infections, lowering blood pressure, treating diabetes, and protecting the liver. Astragalus is available in a variety of forms, such as tincture, tea, capsules and tablets. Although it has few side effects and is considered safe, it does interact with a number of other herbs and prescription medications, so consult with your doctor before taking astargalus supplement.

Echinacea

Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially for common cold and other upper respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the first sign of a cold in order to keep the cold from developing. Other people take echinacea after the symptoms have started in order to make the symptoms less severe. And indeed research to date shows that echinacea probably modestly reduces cold symptoms, but it’s not clear whether it helps prevent colds from developing. Click here to learn how to make echinacea tea to fight cold, flu and infections.

Echinacea is a very versatile herb used in herbal medicine and is also used against many other infections. To learn more about this herb as well as other medicinal herbs, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This e-book will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs:

Herbal Remedies Guide

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39 Responses to How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

  1. joyce says:

    I use this site for every thing….love it

  2. Deanna Jackson and says:

    Natural herbal remedies work for me. Thank you.

  3. sunmoon says:

    any cure for urinal tract problem ?

    • Jenny says:

      Here are few things you can do:
      1. Increase your fluid intake. Both during the infection and after, you need lots of fluids to flush out the infection. Choose water and other healthy drinks.
      2. Drink cranberry juice. Pick a juice that contains reduced sugar, as too much sugar isn’t helpful.
      3. Stir 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 cup of water and drink it. The baking soda neutralizes acid in your urine, which makes peeing less painful. Don’t overdo it because the baking soda may disturb the flora balance in your intestine.
      4. If the problem continues, see your doctor.

    • T. Kidwell says:

      As mentioned, but you can take in capsule form too is Cranberry, esp if they have its’ active ingredient listed mannitol- mannitol is a derivative from mannose (a sugar alcohol). Bacteria mistake it for sugar and once they uptake it- it blocks their site, they essentially starve and it induces oxidative stress.

    • j9 says:

      Cranberry pills only work if you catch it fast. The method I’ve found to work is to eats lots of raw garlic. it’s nasty but get a raw clove and chomp on it and wash it down with juice. Drink a lot of water and it should make a difference within about 6 hours.

    • liz says:

      Virgin coconut oil, to begin with 🙂 Worked within two days for me !

  4. carra says:

    anything for hep c the liver and such

  5. Mary Mock says:

    When the weather turns cold my upper thighs begin to cramp. Can you recommend a solution?

  6. Geri says:

    Anything good for acid reflux or GERD

  7. LETCHUMANAN PALANY says:

    Pls recommend natural remedies for nephrotic syndrome ( protein loss ) for my 7yrs old daughter.

  8. Debby says:

    I have an inner shake, you cannot see it outwardly, but it is felt inside. Docs can’t seem to find what is wrong. They suggest my cortisol might be overworking. I really feel this when I try to sleep at night, which is another problem. Any suggestions of what to take naturally? I’m thinking that if I can get my sleep,i awaken for a few hours at 3 every night, that the shake will go away too. Tired and just can’t stay asleep.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Debby, you ask a very tough question. What you describe is called internal tremor, and this is an indication that something is disrupting the nervous system, but the disruption may have a variety of root causes, such as: chemical exposure, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, neurotransmitter imbalance, food sensitivity, candida overgrowth and more. You’ll need to investigate each of the potential offenders to identify which ones apply to your situation, and I guess due to the large spectrum of potential causes it’s not easy to diagnose it. This is something that needs further investigation and probably more medical tests to identify the root of the problem, and this is something that unfortunately I can’t help with. You can find more suggestions for further treatment in the article of Dr. Peter Pressman, who is a neurology expert, in his article here – http://neurology.about.com/od/Symptoms/a/What-is-Causing-Your-Tremor.htm

  9. nicole paardekooper says:

    My son is fighting a parasite infection for months..several antibiotics didn’t help..what can I do to help him ? Don’t want to use meds anymore
    Greetings nicole

  10. wilfredo mata says:

    i have a athropic rhinitis,according to my doctor this could be cure through operation,may i ask what are the natural remedies for this.Thanks

  11. ane says:

    I have stiches on belly, from the previous surgery.Its swollen & infected.. very painful any treatment for this ?

  12. Karthi says:

    I have psoriasis problem please tell any home remedy

  13. ester says:

    I like this site though i am new to the site..

    Any herbal solution for uterine fibroids?
    please post ..Thank you!

    • Jenny says:

      Unfortunately I’m not familiar with natural solutions for uterine fibroid. There are several references in the web regarding this issue but I don’t know how effective they are.

  14. Caroline says:

    I am new to this site, but already have good information on remedies that I could use, thank you 🙂

  15. mamaT says:

    Anything for tooth infection. Got a tooth pulled but still infected and tired of taking antibiotics

  16. tayobi says:

    Tested hiv post n’reacted to orthodox drugs is there any herbal alternative

    • Jenny says:

      I am personally not familiar with herbal/natural treatment for HIV. All the substances in the article are generally good for boosting the immune system, but cannot replace conventional treatment for HIV.

  17. Leefi1 says:

    I am surprised to find no mention of Bovine Colostrum for improving immune response. It must be from the milking from the first 6 hours after the calf’s birth. I chew a pleasant tasting wafer 3 times a day, the first month saw a 50 point increase in t-cell count. I buy from Synertek online, my amazing physician recommended the product to me. Many athletes use Synertek Bovine Colostrum for improved performance.

  18. MDM says:

    Supplements for immune system booster are now overwhelming. But in fact, I do believe not all of them work, though this varies from person to person. Lifestyle measures such as well-balanced diet, exercise, stress management, and good sleep are much more useful to keep the body immune system at its best performance. Just my 2 cents.

  19. Gabriel H. says:

    Thank you Jenny and for all others.
    But it has proven that Garlic is not suitable for someone who suffers from stomach ulcers.so no way out this guy?

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