No, not the sterling kind of silver! I am talking about colloidal silver which is a solution of tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid base. Specifically for the immunity-boosting benefits I will be referring to the type you ingest orally, but there are many kinds on the market that can be applied topically onto the skin. Colloidal silver is said to have benefits that range from strengthening your immune system, treating common cold & flu symptoms, and a range of other existing health problems.
My whole family takes this one! My husband and I take 1 tsp in the morning while I give my boys ½ tsp each morning. I started by giving it to my kids in their milk or juice, but now they will just drink it straight. It doesn’t really taste like anything and they don’t have any trouble getting it down. They would much rather take colloidal silver than any medicine I have ever given to them. My boys call it “healing water” and I would agree with them, that it is just that!
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV) has so many wonderful antibacterial properties that help strengthen your immunity system all year round. There is a ton of info on the web about what ACV does for weight loss, but I have been using it for years at the first sign of a cold and it prevents it from materializing. I have been drinking 2 teaspoons every morning during this COVID-19 pandemic, but in the past, if I take it as soon as I feel a cold coming on or my throat getting scratchy. At the end of the day its vinegar! It doesn’t taste or smell appealing, but I think you get used to it and if you take it like a shot it doesn’t hurt too much going down ha! There are many brands of ACV on the market, but I suggest you use one that is organic and contains the mother, like this one!
3. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract has antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties and makes an amazing addition to an immunity-boosting routine. Unfortunately, I can’t stand the taste of grapefruit and can’t take drinking this in water without gagging, but I like to add a few drops to my ACV shot and take it that way. The taste is hidden in the ACV, but I still get the benefits. I have been taking this one for years and I also use it to soak my fruits and veggies before juicing.
4. Vitamin C
I think this is the one that most people know about and try to consume more during the flu season! Increasing your intake of Vitamin C is definitely something that I think any and everyone can and should be doing all year round (but especially during cold and flu season). There are so many ways you can increase your Vitamin C intake that I can’t list them all, but start with fresh fruit and vegetables that contain a high amount of Vitamin C (I love to do this through juicing), but there are also many great quality Vitamin C supplements to choose from. I like this one for a powder supplement and this one for a pill supplement.
5. Essential Oils
I diffuse essential oils all year round and have other posts you can check out if you are interested in learning how to use them around your home. In addition to diffusing essentials oil and using them around my home, I use what is commonly known as the flu bomb on myself and my kids during cold and flu season.
The flu bomb is a mix of the following essential oils:
DoTERRA’s On Guard (can be substituted with Young Living Thieves Oil or Plant Therapy Germ Fighter)
For adults, you would add 5 drops of each of the above oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and then fill the roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil (don’t use virgin coconut oil because it can become solid). You will roll this solution on the bottom of your feet and along the spine morning and night during the cold and flu season. For my family, it has decreased the number of colds and shortened the length of each spell. If using this recipe on kids, first make sure each essential oil is safe to use on your child and add only 2-3 drops of each oil to a 10ml roller bottle before filling with fractioned coconut oil.
(and going heavy on the GINGER)
I am an avid juicer and if you scroll through my site you can browse through the number of benefits and recipes that I have on that. Right now we have been juicing every day! While pantry items in the stores are scarce, fresh veggies and fruit are in abundance from what I have seen! The one addition I have been making to my juices during cold and flu season is lots and lots of ginger. This makes for a very spicy juice, but I actually enjoy it in the morning as a kick to wake me up and get ready for this new life of work and homeschooling!
I work out at least 5 days a week. My goal is 7 days, but let’s be serious…I have a full-time job, kids to homeschool and a family to run. Sometimes you just get tired! My workouts are not super intense in nature, but I get a great sweat and burn a few hundred calories with every workout. My workouts always include cardio, but that is just a personal preference. You can choose to do whatever works for you and your schedule, but just get up and get your heart pumping at least 3 days a week!
There are many other ways to boost your immunity than the short list I created here, but these are just the ways I use and that work for me and my family. I rarely get sick and when I feel a cold coming on I can usually knock it out before it sets in. I have finally found a combination for my kids that has kept them cold free for a long time! They are kids and I don’t think there is a way that you can completely keep them from ever having a cold. Their immune systems are still developing and a cold here and there is not a terrible thing for them. My methods have definitely decreased the cycle of cold in our home and I will take that!
What are some ways that you boost your immunity? I would love to know!