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Answering Your Questions: Building Your Immune System for Fall & Winter

September 27, 2013

Q:  With Fall coming up, could you post some tips on building your immune system etc….for the Fall/Winter seasons?

A:  What a great idea!  As much of the country begins to settle in for some cooler days it is really important to remind ourselves of all the tools we have for improving and maintaining our immune systems.  I definitely have some favorites!

1.  Bone Broth – We have bone broth several times a week, whether it’s in a soup or just by the steaming mug full this is a great way to give your body the minerals it needs to stay healthy.  (Daja explains how to make your own broth here.)  My favorite soup has lots of vegetables, including onions and garlic.  I also add turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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2. Fermented Cod Liver Oil – I know, I know!  I can hear your groans through the internet!  Seriously though, this is the only supplement we take.  I feel it is the best because it is a concentrated food-form supplement… translation:  Your body knows how to break it down and use it because it is food, not in synthetic form or highly processed.  FCLO is real food and the gentle process by which it is produced doesn’t damage any of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2 that are missing in our modern diets and are desperately needed to support our immune systems.  There is only one company producing and selling FCLO, Green Pastures.  (Note:  The Provision Room is not affiliated nor sponsored in any way by Green Pastures.)

3. Fermented/Cultured Foods – We use kefir a lot!  We also brew our own kombucha and make sauerkraut.  We try to have something fermented at least once per day.  (If you want to read more check out our article on Our Food Has Culture)

4. Vegetable Juice – I have a very old juicer but it is still working.  I pull it out regularly throughout the cold and flu season to keep our immune systems strong.  Our favorite sore throat, cold busting juice is carrot apple garlic.  The girls LOVE it and ask for it regularly.  (My recipe: 3 large carrots, 1 apple, 1/2 – 1 clove of garlic, use more or less garlic depending on your tolerance to the flavor.)

5.  Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) – It tastes TERRIBLE.  You have been warned.  That being said it is our #1 go to throughout the cold and flu season for kicking the nasty bugs FAST.  I also use it a few times a week when we’re not fighting anything just as a way to prevent us from getting sick or if I know that we have been exposed to something I take it then.  My personal favorite way of taking it is dropped in empty capsules you can buy here or at the health food store.  If you are brave you can take 20-30 drops in water (yuck!) or in orange juice (stirred well you can’t really taste it) and toss it back.

6.  Onions – This may sound like folk-lore to you but it works.  We put bowls of onions around the house and especially in our bedrooms.  Onions act as a natural air filter, catching the viruses that are floating about. Every month or so, throw the onions out and replace them with new ones.  If you are actually sick, cut an onion in half and place it in a jar next to your bed at night.  In the morning throw it out and repeat each night until you are well.

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7.  Fresh Air – Go out and get some!  Turn off the television, step away from your computer and go outside.  Your body needs fresh air.  Take a little walk around the neighborhood.  It will help reduce your stress, increase your vitamin D, and give your body the fresh air it needs.

8.  Pray!!! –  God is our Healer.  Pray for yourself and your family to have strengthened immune systems and to stay well.  Pray the Word over yourself and your family reminding yourself of these precious words, Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever.  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Now let’s hear from you!!  What are your favorite ways of building your immune system?

Disclaimer – The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. It is not the intention of the writers to advise on health care. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have.  Disclaimer – These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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