3 Herbs that Boost Your Immune System
Your immune system has the power to fight biological invaders, like bacteria and viruses, which ca effectively make you ill. Unhealthy lifestyles lead to fatigue, and they can also weaken the immune system and lead to illness.
Other elements, like exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and eating right are all conducive to having a strong immune system that keeps “bugs" out of your system, leaving you feeling great and ready to be healthy and productive.
However, even if you are taking good care of yourself, sometimes your body needs a little help to get through certain situations and circumstances. While you may be familiar with Vitamin C for boosting the immune system, it isn’t the only supplement that can assist your body in taking on those microscopic bad guys. There are several herbs that have been used for centuries to boost the immune system, many of which are in our Force Field Immune System Strengthening Capsules.
In this article, we will tell you about some of the most potent herbs you can incorporate into your routine to boost your immune system and have a better quality of life.
Eleuthero (Ci Wu Jia)
Eleuthero, short for Eleutherococcus and known as Siberian ginseng by some, is an herb native to Japan, parts of China and Russia, South Korea, and North Korea, used in these parts for up to 2000 years. It has been used to treat a variety of ailments, and it is now known that Eleuthero is effective because it is an adaptogen. Adaptogens support health and helps to prevent disease by helping to neutralize environmental stressors without any notable side effects. It is also a stimulant, boosting nervous system function.
Cordyceps (Dong Chong Xia Cao)
Technically speaking, cordyceps is not an herb, rather, it is a fungus found in very high altitudes (4500m!). It used in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine that has immune-system boosting effects by way of antioxidant activities. It also directly activates the intestinal immune system. Evidence shows that it even helps the immune system to help fight cancer. Now that is a powerful fungus.
Astragalus (Huang Qi)
Astralagus has been used in TCM for thousands of years, often with other herbs, to strengthen the body against other diseases. Like eleuthero, it is an adaptogen, helping to protect the body against physical, mental, and emotional stress.
Because the effectiveness of astragalus has been proven, some studies have tried to determine what component (or components) in the herb is responsible for its immune system-boosting properties. It has been found that a specific carbohydrate (polysaccharide) that activates important immune system cells
Skeptics question the efficacy of herbs in improving your health, but both in TCM and in western medicine research environments, these herbs have been demonstrated to be effective. All three of these herbs (and more!) are found in Force Field Immune System Strengthening Capsules.
Additionally, if you're feeling ill and are experiencing a loss of energy, Quiet Please (also from Balance Blends and in addition to Force Field) can help you get that full night's sleep that you need for your body to heal and restore your energy levels.
Lifestyle Changes That Can Boost Your Immunity Even More
In addition to looking into herbs that can boost your immunity, there are also several lifestyle changes that can be of great help.
- Eat More Leafy Veggies: These include plenty of healthy antioxidants that can really add a kick to your immune system. So, do your best to incorporate them into your daily meals. Additionally, consider trying to eat more seeds, legumes, nuts and fruits.
- Get More Than Enough Sleep: In a recent study, the data became available that people who only get in six hours of sleep or less are way more likely to become sick than those who can manage to sleep between eight and 10 hours. So, try to set aside enough time to sleep, so that you can perform better in your daily routines - AND stay well.
- Say NO to the Sugar: Did you know that sugar can increase inflammation in your body? Well, it can, making it even more likely for you to become ill. Therefore, avoid sweets and sugary drinks as often as possible.
- Drink Water: Keeping hydrated is much more important than you might think. Not only can help it help every single organ and muscle in your body, but it can help you fight off illnesses and boost your immunity. But remember - try to stick to water only as often as possible. Fruit juices aren't as healthy as you may think, as they're filled with sugar.