Your immune system is your body’s defense system to fight bacteria and germs that can make you sick or worse, cause disease. When it comes to staying healthy, or shortening an illness, having a strong immune system is important.
Most of us have a general idea of what our immune system is, but not so much what our immune system is comprised of, which can make it difficult to maintain our body’s ability to stay healthy. Your immune system is comprised of:
Your skin: The body’s physical barrier to stop germs and bacteria.
Your gut: Most of the good bacteria in your body is held in your gut and having a healthy gut with balanced bacteria levels helps your body fight off infections.
Mucus membranes: Mucus lines the insides of your body and catches germs and bacteria before they have the chance to attack.
Lymphatic system: The lymphatic system is comprised of your lymph nodes, marrow, and spleen. It helps carry oxygen, food, and water throughout your body and flush out toxins, germs and bacteria.
Now that you have a better idea of the different elements in your body that work together to fight off bacteria in your body, let’s dive into the different foods, nutrition and essential oils that help support these different parts of your body so they can function at their best, reducing your chance for sickness and disease.
Essential oils are a great way to help support your immune system and health overall. Regulation of essential oils is limited and many oils are adulterated with rancid oils and synthetic additives that may actually do harm. I personally trust and use only doTerra essential oils because they have been third-party tested and certified as pure.
While there are dozens of oils that can benefit your health and wellness, here are some of the top oils that help boost your immunity.
doTERRA On Guard Blend: This blend is one of doTERRA’s best-selling blends because it protects against environmental and seasonal threats. It can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner or diffused to purify the air.
Tea Tree: This is a very versatile oil that has many antimicrobial properties such as an effective decongestant or expectorant. You can use it for cold and flu season or for a cough and chest congestion.
Peppermint: It’s a very common oil that’s used to relieve headaches and indigestion. It also has detoxifying properties that are believed to help reduce sugar cravings.
Oregano: This oil is rich in antioxidants and super effective when fighting bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that cause disease. It’s also beneficial in treating various health concerns.
Lemon: This oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties. It’s a natural disinfectant and cleaning product as well.
Best Foods for Immunity
Different types of foods have different benefits for your health and wellness. Here are some of the top foods to keep your body and immune system strong and healthy.
Citrus Fruits: Not only delicious, citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, a key immune boosting vitamin and helpful in fighting infection. Add these nutritious citrus fruits to your shopping list: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, clementines, blood oranges, tangerines.
Cruciferous Vegetables such as Broccoli: Especially lightly cooked or sprouted broccoli, contain Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as sulforaphane, a sulfer-rich compound that’s been shown to have numerous immune boosting health benefits.
Button Mushrooms: This mushroom gives you the mineral selenium as well as the vitamin b’s riboflavin and niacin. They also promote your body’s production of pathogen fighting proteins.
Garlic: Used in many cuisines around the world, garlic is another sulfur-rich root vegetable that contains the immune boosting substance, allicin.
Oysters: Oysters are an excellent source of zinc and iron and also contain vitamin A. Zinc helps to create and activate white blood cells as well as helping heal wounds making it a great way to keep your skin healthy.
Tumeric: Often used in curries, this root contains high concentrations of curcumin, widely known to be anti-inflammatory. Sprinkle turmeric on vegetables you are roasting for an immune boost.
Green Tea: This refreshing tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is believed to support the production of disease fighting T-cells. Replace your cup of coffee with a hot or iced green tea each day.
Watermelon: This refreshing fruit has the antioxidant of glutathione when ripe. It helps strengthen the immune system to fight off infections. It is also a great source of Lycopene, which is the source of its red color, but also helps fight inflammation and respiratory issues.
Spinach: It’s a “super food” because it has folate in it that helps our bodies make new cells and to repair DNA. Spinach also has fiber and antioxidants like Vitamin C.
Ginger: With a high concentration of antioxidants, ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory addition to your diet.
Stay safe & healthy!