There’s no better time to talk about building up your immune system, than now, am I right? I’ve been such a granny for years with the amount of supplements I take, and thought I’d do a quick post to share my daily regimen with you. There are about 12 supplements I take everyday for a healthy immune system, and they don’t fail me. A lot of these I would only take when I would feel a cold coming on, to nip it in the bud quickly, but with the crazy Coronavirus lurking around every corner, I’ve upped my intake to daily use, to ward off any illness and keep my immune system in kick-ass shape.
Vitamin C – This should be a no brainer in your daily regimen. High levels of Vitamin C if your blood boosts immunity, and promotes overall health. You can certainly get lots of Vitamin C in your daily diet, but I like to take 1000mg daily, as well. I take one with Rosehips, which is supposed to give an added boost to your immune system and provide antioxidant protection.
Magnesium Glycinate – This is my holy grail supplement, in large part due to the amount of coffee I drink. Produce has much less magnesium than it was designed to, in large part due to the decreasing nutrients in our soil, which means our bodies just aren’t getting enough – and adding coffee to that, depletes it even more. A magnesium supplement is a must for me, and I prefer to take magnesium glycinate because it’s the most highly absorbable. Magnesium helps me with promoting sleep and recovery, and also moves things along in my digestive track. It has a very wide range of benefits though, which you can read about here.
Oregano Oil – Essential oils are often debated in terms of their actual health benefits, but the benefits of oregano oil are backed by research (see here). It’s an anti-viral and anti-bacterial, which makes it the perfect natural ingredient to fight colds and flus (which would explain why many are sold out on Amazon). I typically take this if I feel a cold coming on, but being that we are in the middle of a virus pandemic, I have been taking this daily.
Echinacea – Another natural supplement proven to ward off colds, is echinacea. Healthline states, “Studies have shown that Echinacea can reduce the odds of developing a cold by 58 percent and reducing its duration by 1–4 days.” That’s a big deal! I usually take this when I am trying to ward a cold off, but again, taking it daily to ensure I have a strong immune system these days.
Turmeric – I LOVE turmeric. I take it daily to reduce inflammation in the body, since inflammation is often directly tied to diseases. My dad had arthritis in his knees, and I got him to start taking it and he has virtually no pain anymore! The main ingredient in Turmeric that’s so powerful is curcumin, which is best activated in the body when paired with black pepper – so be sure to use a product that had both. Curcumin has been proven to aid in many areas, such as brain function (there’s even research suggesting it helps in preventing/treating Alzheimer’s), it helps in preventing cancer, lowers your risk of heart disease, and much more. You can read about the research here.
Ritual Prenatal and Multi-vitamin – With us trying to get pregnant, I’ve been taking a prenatal for a while and Ritual prenatal vitamins are BY FAR my favorite. They have the 12 essential nutrients your body needs for you and the baby, using high quality, clean ingredients. In two pills, you get what you would typically have to take 4-6 pills to get. And, best of all, it’s completely nausea free so you can take them on an empty stomach, and it has the best lemony scent. If you’re not needing a prenatal, they also have a multi-vitamin for women. I really hope they create a men’s multivitamin because I know Brandon would get behind these.
Probiotics – Probiotics are where it’s at for your gut health, and more and more studies have revealed that your stomach health is linked to disease, which is why it’s so important to keep your gut flora in check. I recently started using this one by Love Wellness and I love it! (I also use their Sparkle Fiber and Bye Bye Bloat enzyme.) I’ve had digestive issues for years, and this trifecta has been moving things along, if you know what I mean. 😉
Elderberry Syrup – Another must on my list for building a healthy immune system is elderberry syrup. It’s packed with antioxidants and nutrients to give your immune system a boost. (You can read about the wide range of benefits here.) This one by Honey Gardens is my absolute favorite. It has honey versus cane sugar – which is something you really need to watch out for on labels, if you are buying a bottle. You can also make your own in a crockpot with dried elderberries if that’s more your jam.
Vitamin D – Like Magnesium, a lot of us are deficient in Vitamin D and it’s an essential vitamin with plenty of nutritious benefits from building up the immune system to maintaining healthy bones. This is a must in your regimen.
CBD Oil – CBD has been touted for reducing stress and anxiety, improving insomnia and reducing pain. Most of the reasearch around CBD is considered “suggestive” since none of it is currently backed by the FDA, but from what I have learned about CBD, it creates homeostasis in your body, allowing your body to function at it’s best, which is why I take it. I’m obsessed with this one by Common Ground and they even have a code for $$$ off for my followers. Use LeahB at checkout if you’re interested.
Please keep in mind that I am in no way an doctor and am just sharing what I take and why I personally believe in each supplement. These supplements help me have a healthy immune system, but everyone is different. I tried to link to fact based research where possible, but please consult with your doctor before starting a new regimen.