How to Boost Your Family’s Immune System


This cold and flu season seems to be hitting everyone hard. Especially those with young children in school who seem to bring every bug home to share with the family.

If your family has been hit hard this season, or you are looking for ways to keep everyone strong, here are a few suggestions to boost your family’s immune system.

What is the immune system?

The immune system is an interactive network of organs and cells that protect the body from any foreign substances.  It works to neutralize and remove pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi that enter the body. It also recognizes and neutralizes harmful substances from the environment, and fights against the body’s own cells that have changes due to illness. (1)

When the immune system is running smoothly you don’t even realize it’s there, however when the immune system is compromised you end up susceptible to illness.   Under-activity of the immune system leads to infection and tumors of immunodeficiency, where over-activity of the immune system leads to the body attacking healthy cells leading to autoimmune disease. (2)

Aside from the nervous system, the immune system is the most complex system the human body has.  The most amazing thing about the immune system is that it’s constantly learning and adapting so that the body can fight against bacteria or viruses that change overtime. (3)

Essentials to keep the immune system strong:

1. Nutrition

  • NO SUGAR! Be mindful of processed sugar and simple carbs.  They bring down the immune system, feed bacteria and increase systemic inflammation.

  • Healthy balanced diet focused on vegetables, protein, high quality fats and complex carbs (fruit, complete whole grains, legumes). Think lots of colors!

  • Bone broth

  • Probiotic rich food

    • Kombucha

    • Kimchi

    • Sauerkraut

    • Kefir

    • Goat milk yogurt

2. Lifestyle

  1. SLEEP!!!

    • Sleep and the circadian system have a strong regulatory influence on immune function (4)

    • Regular times to fall asleep and wake up

    • Optimal 6-8 hours

    • In Chinese medicine, 11 pm to 1 am is a very important time to be asleep in order for the body to rejuvenate, detoxify and heal

  2. Moderate exercise (5)

  • Moderate exercise exerts a positive effect on the immune system

  • Too much strenuous exercise can actually cause immune dysfunction and systemic inflammation

3. Supplementation (*good for children also)

  • Probiotics*

  • Echinacea

  • Elderberry*

  • Colloidal Silver*

  • Vitamin D*

  • Mushroom blends

  • Chinese Herbal Formulas*

4. Essential oils (click here for safety guidelines)

  • Tea tree

  • Eucalyptus

  • Frankincense

  • Peppermint

  • Rosemary

  • Lemon

  • Oregano

  • Thyme

How well is your immune system working?

    Signs of an immunity problem:

  • Low energy

  • Metabolic issues (can’t lose weight, gain weight easily)

  • Blood sugar imbalances

  • Consistent mild inflammation

  • Gastrointestinal issues

  • Frequent colds

  • Allergies

  • Autoimmune disorder

Regulating the immune system is very important for overall wellness. Chinese Medicine excels at balancing the immune system as well as helping you live at your optimal wellness. If you think your immune system is under or overactive feel free to reach out! We are always here to answer any questions you may have.

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