By Chelsea Chambers
In light of recent events, I thought it pertinent to share some tips and tricks for staying well and keeping the immune system strong.
I think first and foremost, let’s not panic. Stay calm, stay nourished, stay hydrated, and stay clean. Maintain proper handwashing and hygiene techniques is crucial to keeping well. But just in case you want to step up your game a bit, here are a few other things to try.
**Disclaimer: As always, consult with your doctor if you are feeling unwell. These recommendations are my own personal wellness tips and are not approved by the FDA or any sort of medical professional.
Veggies, Veggies, Veggies
Get those daily veggies. And fruits. And beans. You know the drill. Carrot sticks for lunch, salad with dinner. Put a banana in the day somewhere. Always a good idea.
My personal favorite (not favorite tasting) way to boost my immune system. It comes in both capsule and tincture form. I take three drops twice a day in a shot glass of water. Oregano has a myriad of beneficial compounds that are linked to immune health: carvacrol and thymol being the major players.
Carvacrol has been shown to reduce the growth of bacteria, while thymol is a natural antifungal and provides support for the immune system.
The Boise Co-Op, Whole Foods, and other natural food stores have Oregano Oil in stock regularly.
DILUTE WITH WATER. I cannot stress this enough. Oregano oil is powerful and is not pleasant to take straight.
Apple Cider Vinegar – With the Mother
Okay, first of all what is the “mother?”
The “mother” of the vinegar is a colony of probiotic-like bacteria. It is essentially the healthiest part of natural apple cider vinegars.
The natural fermentation of Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to help facilitate a strong immune system, as well as aid in natural digestive processes. Plus it’s filled with vitamin C, vitamin E, and fiber that is always beneficial for a healthy body.
Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) can be found at almost any grocery store or health food store in your area. I buy mine at Fred Meyers and it’s about…. $4 bucks.
Again, mix with water. You’ll not want to drink this straight. Ouch.
In the last decade, magnesium has been found to be closely linked to the immune system, in more ways than we imagined. Without getting too scientific, magnesium plays an important role in homeostasis, or the natural, balanced state of cell functioning.
Beyond that, it is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
It is found in leafy greens, avocado, almonds, tofu, etc. But can be purchased in powder form or capsules. I really like the Calm brand of powdered magnesium by the company Natural Vitality. Again, found at the Co-Op and is a great way to unwind before bed. You can practically feel the stress melting away.
Plus it’s a tasty way to boost your immune system.
Chelsea’s Magic Wellness Shot
Warning, it’s gross. But I plug my nose and take this bugger once a week (and lately once every couple of days with all the hubbub).
In a shot glass, mix:
- A capful of Apple Cider Vinegar
- A squirt of lemon juice
- 3 to 5 drops of oregano oil
- A dash of turmeric
- Fill the rest of the shot glass with water
Listen, I’m telling you, it’s not amazing tasting. Although I did have one friend tell me it tasted like salad dressing… so I’ll let you decide.
Well wishes to all this season and beyond!