Many years ago when my daughter was little, we went to the doctor a lot. I often had the feeling that we weren’t getting healthier by taking antibiotics, antihistamines, steroids etc. And all the trips to the doctor made me wonder how I grew up healthy since I hardly remember ever being sick or going to the doctor.
It was my heart’s desire to have a truly healthy family. I was tired of getting sick and then having to go to the doctor if we didn’t get better. I wanted us all to have strong immune systems so that we wouldn’t get sick very often, and if we did I wanted to know how to get rid of the illness myself. I knew some about food and natural remedies, but I wanted to learn more. So, I began to delve deeper into health research and I have never looked back!
Since changing our diet and adding in appropriate supplements,we now catch less illnesses. And when we do catch something, I make sure we are taking regular doses of immune boosting supplements so that we can kick the infection quickly. Sometimes, we are already taking some immune boosting supplements. But, if we start feeling the first signs of sickness and we haven’t been taking anything-we start right away!
I feel blessed to have been able to use natural remedies instead of pharmaceutical drugs because drugs can have some pretty serious side effects. A quick google search shows that the yearly hospitalizations from Tylenol are estimated to be in the tens of thousands. Whereas the hospitalizations from Echinacea number under 100. Herbs and Vitamins are generally much safer than medicines. It is still important to be careful with herbs and vitamins, because some can have side effects.
The following supplements have a very good track record-they are safe even for small children. (Even though these supplements are usually safe, each person must decide for themselves whether a supplement is right for them.) I feel very comfortable giving these supplements to my children.
I would use medicines if I felt it was necessary. They definitely are needed for life threatening infections. I just prefer to stick to things that I know are helping our bodies in every way!
First, a few notes that you might find helpful: Out of these remedies, Echinacea is the only one that you shouldn’t take all the time. The rest are generally safe to take all the time. Or you may just want to take them during the times of the year that you are more likely to catch something. Certain immune compromised people including children that are prone to ear infections may want to take these supplements all the time (with the exception of the Echinacea).
Powerful Immune Boosting Supplements
These are the good bacteria that help protect us from bad bacteria. There are many different “strains” of bacteria. Different strains have different effects in the body. It is important to give children under the age of 2 the strains of bacteria that are naturally found in their guts at that age. One of these strains is Bifidobacterium Infantis.
Even in the case of measles infections (which can sometimes be serious) vitamin A can cut the death rate down to almost zero. Imagine what a difference it can make in the body’s ability to fight off less serious infections like colds.
I have talked about in a previous article that beta carotene (like the vitamin A in carrots) is not the type of vitamin A that is so powerful. The vitamin A that is immune boosting is the type found in cod liver oil.
An excellent cod liver oil is Rosita cod liver oil. It is pricey, but one bottle will last a long while. And a doctor’s appointment will often cost more! I prefer to spend my money on supplements that help keep us healthy. 🙂 (Cod liver oil can be given in a tiny amount of orange juice to help hide the flavor.)
Echinacea kills a broad range of disease-causing viruses, fungi, and bacteria, but not through direct action. Echinacea stimulates the immune system so that it works more effectively.
Echinacea tincture is available online. A tincture is a liquid form of the herb. Tinctures are made with alcohol or glycerine. Alcohol is generally a stronger tincture-sometimes stronger is needed depending on how ugly the “bug”is. The amount of alcohol is very tiny, but if you are concerned you can get alcohol free tinctures made with glycerine only. The glycerine tinctures also taste better and are easier to get kids to take.
I put alcohol based tinctures in a little tea sweetened with a tiny amount of raw honey to help make them more palatable. Tinctures can also be hidden in a little orange juice, but be careful not to give very much because even natural sugars can feed bacteria and viruses.
Echinacea can be given every two hours during the acute crisis phase, and should be continued for 7-10 days after improvement.
This is the first milk that is produced in a mammal before the breastmilk comes in. Colostrum is very helpful in boosting the immune system. It also helps to establish friendly protective bacteria (like probiotics). If you need a dairy free colostrum Kirkman makes a really good one. Colostrum is very helpful for anyone who was not breastfed, and is also very important to take after a round of antibiotics. Colostrum is very gentle but also very effective.
These supplements are some of the safest that you will find, but they also really work! If you are prone to sicknesses in the winter, you might want to start on some of these supplements right away because winter is right around the corner!
I would love to hear from you! You can comment or ask a question below. 🙂
Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements. I am not a doctor or medical professional.
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