Self Care: Immunity Boosters During COVID-19

You all know self-care is my jam. I write about it, talk about it, and lead by example. Given the unprecedented health crisis we find ourselves in, self-care is more important than ever.  Thus, below I have highlighted the immunity boosters that I have incorporated into my already robust self-care routine. 

Immunity Boosters 

I am not a healthcare professional, and am not claiming to have any expertise in this area. I am simply sharing the supplements I have added into my routine for the purpose of strengthening my immune system. My motto: sharing is caring. 

Cherry Concentrate 

Tart cherries, rich in antioxidants, potassium, and anthocyanin have a host of health benefits including:

  • improving endurance,
  • relieving joint pain,
  • decreasing muscle soreness,
  • reducing inflammation,
  • and my favorite: providing immune support.

This concentrate is more like a syrup and you can add it to smoothies, açaí bowls, or just take a spoonful like I do.

Wellness Supplements

In addition to my daily supplement, I have also added the Wellness Formula’s Herbal Defense Complex into my daily regimen. It is designed to support the immune system and it contains herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to boost the immune system and well being. 

Here are some of the ingredients and associated benefits: 

  • Immune System: Astragalus, Echinacea, Isatis, Propolis, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamins A & C, Beta Carotene
  • Respiratory System: Cleansing Mucous Membranes, Astragalus, Ecinacea, Garlic, , Isatis, Mullein, Pau d’Arco, Propolis, Copper, Zinc, Vitamins A & C
  • Respiratory System: Clearing Mucus – Angelica, Cayenne, Goldenseal, Horehound, Mullein, Polygonatum
  • Stress Response Mechanisms: Eleutherococcus senticosus, Vitamin C
  • Antioxidant Defense: Astragalus, Bioavonoids, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamins A & C, Beta Carotene.

Disclaimer: These pills have a strong odor and possibly an aftertaste if you let them touch your tongue, so I take these first, followed by the Cherry Concentrate. 

Vitamin D 

Like most adults that work indoors, I have a Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it is naturally synthesized by our bodies when bare skin is exposed to UVB sunlight. Our bodies need Vitamin D in order to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with breast, colon, and prostate cancer, as well as heart disease, depression, and weight gain. Yikes, all bad. 

As such, if we have sufficient levels of Vitamin D, it may lower the risk of disease. 

Further, Vitamin D activates key peptides in our immune system, which in turn triggers an anti-microbial response to help ward off invading pathogens. 

Garlic Tea

My mom keeps urging my sister and I to make garlic tea. We haven’t done it yet, but maybe writing it out here will be the accountability we need to follow her advice. In sum, she insists that garlic tea improves immune health, fights infection, and boosts energy, among other things. 

Here is a link with more information in case my mother’s advice is not sufficient. 

Lastly, if making garlic tea doesn’t sound appetizing, below is a supplement that has great reviews.

Let me know if you are also using any of the items listed above or if you have any questions!

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