I love this time of year. Kids are back in school, the leaves are slowly starting to change to brilliant shades of orange and red… and, of course, football has started (and even if you’re not a fan of the game, you can’t argue with a good pre-game tailgate spread set out on a crisp fall day).
But as we head into the heart of fall, we’re also jumping into the beginning of cold and flu season. We’re losing sunlight by the day, our kids are bringing home more germs from the classroom, and with schedules getting busier than ever, we’re probably all a bit exhausted.
All this adds up to one big challenge to your immune system...
The potential for sickness and illness will soon be at its peak, so now is the time to arm your defenses with time-tested solutions. What are you doing to support your immune system? There are numerous over-the-counter drugs that claim to be effective, but not everyone wants to go that route. So, today, I present to you three of our most popular immune system supporters and seasonal wellness favorites.
1) Silver (a.k.a. Colloidal Silver)
- Used medically for hundreds of years
- Before antibiotics, silver was regularly used as an antimicrobial
- Doctors used silver to treat infections throughout the first half of the 20th Century
Colloidal Silver has been used for years as a natural remedy for a long list of infectious ailments. In fact, its medicinal use dates back centuries. In the early 1900s, silver gained regulatory approval in the U.S. as an antimicrobial agent. However, the use of silver diminished with the introduction of antibiotics in the early 1940s. Prior to 1938, silver was used as a germicide and disinfectant. Physicians used it for various infections and sometimes internally for certain conditions, including the common cold.
Colloidal Silver is a solution of microscopic particles of pure silver suspended in water by a positive electric charge on each particle. The particles remain suspended throughout the solution because these positive charged particles repel each other with a force stronger than gravity (which you might be surprised to learn is a relatively weak force).
Oscillococcinum is arguably the most popular homeopathic flu remedy of all time.
Oscillococcinum is the natural answer for those who wish to avoid chemical concoctions. It is one of those peculiar homeopathic remedies that fits somewhere between urban legend, myth and tried and true flu remedy. It is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies, particularly in Europe, and many people claim it is the most effective natural defense against the flu.
Oscillococcinum has been among the bestselling “drugs” in Europe for years, because nearly everyone who uses it swears it works. Boiron, the maker of Oscillococcinum, claims it significantly reduces recovery time if taken at the first sign of flu-like symptoms, temporarily relieving symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue.
3) The Immune Health Trifecta: Vitamin D, Astragalus & Olive Leaf Extract
There’s been an increasing amount of coverage lately given to this vitamin D—which acts more like a steroid hormone than a true vitamin—and how it may help support health and wellness.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight. Unfortunately, most of us live far away from the equator, work indoors, travel in cars, socialize inside and lather on the sunscreen whenever we do take the opportunity to go outside.
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While Vitamin D has long been known as a strong component of bone health, as it works hand in hand with calcium to help ensure proper bone nutrition, vitamin D also plays a role in moderating a healthy immune system. A study was published by researchers at Oregon State University that found some startling evidence of the importance of Vitamin D in regard to the immune system…
The fact that this vitamin-D mediated immune response has been retained through millions of years of evolutionary selection, and is still found in species ranging from squirrel monkeys to baboons and humans, suggests that it must be critical to their survival, researchers say.
The research also provides further evidence of the biological importance of adequate levels of vitamin D in humans and other primates, even as some studies and experts suggest that more than 50 percent of the children and adults in the U.S. are deficient in "the sunshine vitamin."
"The existence and importance of this part of our immune response makes it clear that humans and other primates need to maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D," said Adrian Gombart, an associate professor of biochemistry and a principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Source
Astragalus, or astragalus root, is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. Herbalists around the world, however, have used astragalus to promote a boost to the immune system, as well as support overall cardiovascular health.
Related: What Is Astragalus Root?
“Astragalus appears to work by stimulating the immune system. It has antioxidant effects that inhibit free radical production. In the body, free radicals damage cells and are linked to many health problems associated with aging… Astragalus is often promoted for its effects on the immune system, liver, and cardiovascular system.” Source
The Bible itself actually refers to the olive tree as the “tree of life.” That’s a pretty strong endorsement right there, but the testimonials from our customers is what convinced us that it’s a serious contender for seasonal wellness support and overall immune health.
Everyone knows the health benefits of olive oil, as it’s one of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet. But the leaves of the olive tree have also been used throughout the years to support a healthy lifestyle and protect a healthy immune system. Similar to green tea, olive leaf extract helps support three main factors: natural energy levels, cardiovascular health and immune health.