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Avoid refined sugar and processed foods.

If you do nothing else, do your body a favor and don’t eat junky sweets because they suppress immunity thus making you more susceptible to catching something.

Raw foods – lots of raw fruits & veggies

Eating a balanced diet full of raw fruits and veggies is a great way to make your body’s pH more alkaline than acidic which will help keep you well. Nasty germs don’t like an alkaline environment. We love to down our fruits and veggies in green smoothies. the 80/20 balance seems to be ideal.

Drink {a lot of} Water

Avoid drinking anything with dyes, HFCS and artificial sweeteners as they suppress the immune system.  Good ol’ “Adam’s ale” {as my Dad calls water} is the very best for health!  Drink at least 64 ounces a day…I try to drink at least 80 oz a day.

Garlic or garlic oil

If garlic breath doesn’t bother you or your family, chop up fresh garlic cloves and down them with a glass of water.  You can also purchase odorless garlic tablets if you don’t want to smell like an Italian restaurant. Ha!  Garlic oil is a great option for soothing and protecting yours and your childrens’ ears if prone to ear infections.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries have been used throughout history for a multitude of different things including colds and flu, fevers, and even burns and cuts.  Today, elderberries are used to boost the immune system against viruses.

Vitamin C and/or Emergen-C

Everyone probably knows this already, but taking a Vitamin C supplement is always good for building immunity.  We love Emergen-C – a wonderfully fizzy drink.

.  Lysine

Lysine isn’t just for getting rid of cold sores. It’s also is the best strep-fighter. If I start feeling like I was hit by a truck in my head and throat, I take Lysine and lots of it.  Be sure to purchase the capsules…not the gigantic horse-pill-like-tablets.

Vitamin D3

If you’re not taking liquid vitamin D3, go buy some right now. Seriously. Most Americans are vitamin D3 deficient thanks to lack of sunshine and sun blocking agents.


Everyone needs a healthy gut and most of us don’t have one thanks to processed food and antibiotics.  One of the best ways to boost a healthy immune system is to build a healthy gut with good bacteria!  I know that sounds funny.  Capsuled or tablet probiotics are great as well as homemade yogurt or kombucha.  Try to get a capsule with at least 10 different strains and 30 billion count.

Young Living Essential Oils – specifically Thieves

Essential oils are a wonderful tool to fight against colds, flu, crud and disease. We use Thieves oil like it’s going out of style. I rub it diluted with coconut oil on feet, I diffuse it in our bedrooms while we sleep and I use Thieves hand sanitizer and wipes. Thieves is antibacterial, antiviral anti fungal.


And of course get up and move.

Exercise is key to good health and a working lymph system which filters garbage out of our bodies.  The lymph system doesn’t have a pump to move the fluid through, cardio or weights just don't push to the max.


Remember the bugs love sugar, and lack of sleep will disrupt our ability to utilize insulin therefore raising blood sugar levels throughout the day. Our bodies need rest to restore and rejuvenate.  Try to get an extra hour or two of rest each night especially if you’re fighting a bug of some sort.

That’s a wrap, y’all!  I hope you learned a little bit here or there on boosting your body’s natural immunity.  Like I said, I’m not a doctor, so be sure to talk with your physician or naturopath/herbalist about a specific immune boosting plan that is right for you!

Stay stronger for longer.



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