One of the consistent messages that I’m seeing around the spread of the coronavirus is that it seems to be less risky to turn into life threatening health issues if you have a strong immune system. This is good news in among the many terrible things about this virus.
The thing is, most of our immune systems are actually compromised. We have exposure to a heap of toxins and system depleting behaviours each day, and we also, for the most part, don’t really eat enough vital nutrients (like fresh vegetables) to have a robust immunity to new pathogens. I’m not here to point fingers at that or anyone, but to try to offer some tips and paths to quickly boost your immune system in ways that are both affordable and easy to do.
Within are some things that you can do today, to help bolster your chances of being one of the maybe 40% of people that don’t catch this virus.
NOTE: This blog does NOT constitute any kind of medical advice nor is it some kind of cure to all. Just ways you might like to employ to help protect you and your family from the virus that have in the past worked for me.
Immunity Tonic #1
I’ve been using this tonic for a few years now as my first line of defence when my son or I have felt the onset of a virus – it has worked incredibly well for us, usually knocking anything out before it starts with one dose in the morning & one in the afternoon.
Any naturopath / health food store that has a herbal dispensary can make this for you. It costs me $25 for 100mls
Golden seal (30ml),
olive leaf (20ml)
7mls for an adult
3mls for a child
Mixed in 20mls of water
(I mixed mine with raw honey – because it does not taste great!)
Immunity Tonic #2
Fire tonic is an unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) tincture. It’s called fire tonic because it’s – well, spicy. It’s packed full of immune boosting ingredients like ACV (apple cider vinegar, raw local honey, chillies, turmeric, garlic, horseradish, ginger, carrot, celery, red onion, brown onion, apple, orange, lemon, mustard seed, parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, juniper berries, peppercorns, bay leaves, Szechuan pepper & Himalayan pink mineral salt.
I have found it to be great used alone (a small shot of it) or as a tea base with raw honey.
For my son, I mix it with some honey & give him a tea spoon full every couple of hours. I used this when he had whooping cough (a terrible experience for any parent) and found it to be the only thing that would give him a reprieve from coughing.
It costs $AUD20 & is available to order here
Anyone familiar with Paul Stamets and his mushroom products know how amazing they actually are!!
It contains organic mushrooms such as Agarikon, Chaga & Reishi and as dispensed as a liquid extracts it provides rapid absorption.
I get mine from iHerb, but it’s widely available & costs around $25 – You can find some on amazon here.
Activated Coconut Charcoal
The wide benefits of charcoal has been highly documented – you can read about it here. I currently use bulletproof brand– but you can get coconut charcoal at every pharmacy.
Ways to use it:
Tablet form – pretty straight forward
Powder & water – when I have a throat ache I mix some with water & gargle
Toothpaste – mix it with your toothpaste & use it to brush your teeth & clean your whole mouth out. It’s incredible how good this has been for my son when he has a cold.
A 6 months supply of charcoal shouldn’t cost you more than $20!
NOTE – Remember charcoal knocks out all other remedies – so take this first thing or at least 20 minutes apart from anything else.
Soup & Broth
For me, a good bowl of broth is an immediate uplift in my overall feeling of good health.
Here is a great recipe – If you are making some, consider doubling it and making some for the elderly people in your neighbourhood. The oxytocin will boost you both!
If you can’t be bothered making your own buy an organic one.
Here is a great Australian company that makes broth. This one is good from the USA.
Vegetable broth is a good alternative for vegetarian and vegans. This one here is an amazing “just add water” option if you don’t want to make your own.
Personally I find a small cup of broth a day makes me feel great! I use broth to cook my sons rice (as a replacement for water), in sauces, to steam vegetables & poach eggs.
Vegetables / Superfood powders
Increasing your intake of fresh, green, in season vegetables is an instant way to build up your immune system. It may seem obvious, but most of the worlds population eat well below the recommended daily serving of vegetables.
If you can’t, don’t or won’t eat your greens daily, consider replacing that intake with an organic superfood greens powder.
There are hundreds of options here on iHerb – I highly recommend getting the ones without any sweetener (like stevia) and adding honey or a banana instead! I use this one.
Another obvious one that many forget and often neglect.
A few early nights can really improve your bodies ability to fight off any infections. Turn your devices off early & go to bed! Your body will thank you for it. Two to three nights in a row of quality sleep will totally change your whole biological systems ability to function & fight off pathogens, not to mention elevate your mood!
Extra things in my cupboard –
- Oregano oil: A strong anti fungal, immune builder that you can take (in very small amounts) in water.
- Peppermint & Eucalyptus oil blend: For humidifier/ rub on bottom of feet & to drop in the bath
- Raw honey – for tea/ taste & mixing with bad tasting tonics !!
Prevention must haves –
Alcohol wipes: I’ve been using them in my car, out and about (on doors etc) and on all my electronics.
All day eye glasses: Covering your eyes is technically better for prevention than a mouth mask – get some daytime blue light blockers – or just a pair of random cheap non prescription glasses from your local discount store and ware them when you are out in public.
Wash your hands: Please just do this anyway. Plus, stop touching your face & other people – seriously – it’s not that hard, and a good habit to have at all times.
Everything on this list can be found for an affordable price / mostly online. Hope this helps in some way 🙂 take care of yourself & your loved ones.