Monday, November 2, 2009

Boosting Immunity

As a family, we are trying to protect ourselves as best we can against H1N1 (and viruses in general), by boosting our immunity naturally. We have decided against the vaccine, for numerous reasons, so we need to be proactive in protecting our health. A friend and I researched and collaborated on various ways of boosting our immune systems. I wrote them out, and posted them on our fridge (complete with nice magnets!). :) I've been meal-planning around the foods on this list to ensure that we stay as healthy as possible this flu season.

Is anyone else taking a proactive approach? Any other suggestions for anything I might have missed?

14 comments:

  1. Looks good to me!

    We are skipping the vaccine here, too. We'll be using some supplements in addition to the things you've listed (our diet isn't as good as yours). We'll be taking vitamin C and D and I'll likely look into homeopathics (most likely influenzinum).

    Katrina

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  2. Hey Katrina,

    Oops, looks like I cut off part of the list in my picture! I have supplements on my list too... We're taking a multivitamin, plus C, D, Omegas 3,6,9, and probiotics. What is influenzinum? Sounds interesting.

    Alissa

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  3. hi alissa
    i recently posted about immunity-boosting options on my blog:
    http://lovinglifeandlaughing.blogspot.com/2009/10/lets-talk-about.html

    influenzinium is a homeopathic; i was told to take it with thymuline, but i have no personal experience taking either.

    i hope you find my blog post interesting. :)
    ~nicole~

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  4. Another good reason to use for Kale! There are many benefits from eating Kale, and boosting your immune system is one of them!

    http://www.choose-healthy-food.com/health-benefits-of-kale.html

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  5. Hey Tanya,

    Thanks for the tip! I guess that would fall under the "dark, leafy greens"... I must confess I've never actually tried kale! I've been putting raw swiss chard in our smoothies, but I'll have to hunt down some kale this week. :)

    Alissa

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  6. influenzinum is the homeopathic version of this year's flu shot. It's composition is changed each year depending on what the WHO says the prominent flu virus is going to be (this year H1N1). My friend's father (a homeopath) is recommending a daily dose of it but research I've seen has said one dose a week for 5 weeks. I was reading about gelsemium yesterday and as I have some on hand my use that. It looks like Morgaine may have come down with the flu already....she hasn't moved from the couch today.

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  7. Oh yes, probiotics are a part of out daily year long regime and I take Omega's 3,6 and 9 (I am looking one that the kids can take...what do you use?).

    I love all things natural and have studied alternative therapies somewhat. If I could, I would totally train to become a homeopath/naturopath.

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  8. We're going vaccine free, too, althought keeping mum about it because I'm pregnant. Great tips! We're upping the leafy greens, too, plus a higher percentage of raw and superfoods. I don't know if you are into the hand sanitizer wipes, but I read that they are just as effective as hand washing for those times when you can't get to a clean hand-washing station. I also wipe my computer station at work every day with alchohol wipes. I love, love that sunshine, outdoors and exercise are at the top of your list!

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  9. Katrina,
    Thanks for the info - I'll definitely be looking into that! I find homeopathy very interesting, too. :) I'd love to learn more about it. Sorry to hear Morgaine's not feeling well. :( We've been a little under the weather this week too, but hoping it's just a cold. I only felt icky for a couple of days, and now it seems to be getting better. Hope Morgaine feels better soon too.

    As for the Omegas 3,6 and 9, we use Udo's Oil (which is plant-based). You can get it at Charlene's. Bruce and I each take a tablespoon a day, and the kids each get a teaspoon (blended into our smoothies, otherwise they'd never take it!).

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  10. That's a great list! It's a great list to keep following long after the flu season has passed. Yay for fresh air and exercise topping the list! Cute magnets, too :)

    I have fingers and toes crossed that we don't catch the flu this year -- half the people we know have come down with it so I feel like we're next. I'm tempted to just hibernate for the winter and stay home. Cozy-sounding, but my kids would go stir-crazy :)

    Stay well!
    Sheri

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your list!

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  12. I love that you put your list on the fridge, for a constant reminder. We're also skipping the flu vaccine, and taking the same approach as you. Each morning, if it's not too cold, we all hang out in the backyard for a while to get our vitamin D. I make a couple blender-fulls of green smoothies each day (lots of dark green leafies, plus tons of other veggies and some berries). We've also added stuff like chia seeds, hemp seeds, seaweed, and spirulina to our diets over the last couple years. We don't have sugar in the house at all, unless you count dates and beets and fruit, which I think are essential :)

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  13. Frugal Babe,
    That's awesome that you get outside every morning for your Vitamin D. I'm trying to get better about getting us outside every day - still trying to get a handle on things since Gavin came along. For some reason baby #3 really threw me for a loop and I can't quite get done everything I want to get done in a day. Bad excuse, I know. Must get our butts outside. We've been doing green smoothies too, trying to cram as many vitamins into our bodies as possible. :)

    vm,
    You're welcome. :)

    Sheri,
    I've been uber-tempted to take the hibernating route, as well! But it's just not realistic - my kids DO like to leave the house from time to time. lol. Plus my husband does have a job so chances are if anyone picks it up it will be him. As long as we do the best we can to keep ourselves healthy, there's not much else we can do! You are a great inspiration to me, by the way. :) Your posts keep me motivated to keep plugging along and improving our health, bit by bit. Thanks for that. :)

    Jessica,
    I'm glad to hear you're skipping the vaccine, especially with that growing baby inside of you. :) That's awesome that you're upping your greens and raw content... I need to get more raw foods on our plates!

    Alissa

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  14. Laughing is also a great way to boost immune system functioning. I wrote about several natural ways to strengthen immune systems and laughing more together has definitely made the biggest (and the most fun!) impact on our family.

    Say well!

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