7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Family’s Natural Immunity

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Family's Natural Immunity | The Soft LandingWinter is upon us again and for families, that means one big concern: getting sick.  Colds, flus and viruses are on the rise this time of year.  To protect your family against getting sick, boost their natural immunity with these simple steps that you can start today.

How to Boost Your Family's Natural Immunity

  1. Get Enough Vitamin D
    Winter time means more time indoors and less exposure to the sun – which means our kids are getting less Vitamin D in their diets. This can make them more vulnerable to colds and infections. On sunny winter days, bundle your family up and do seasonal activities, such as pumpkin picking, outdoor festivals and hayrides. To make up for the rest of the season, you have your vitamin D serum level tested to see if you need a supplement. If so, be sure to take a high quality D3 supplement rather than the synthetic D2 version for a safer choice (like this vegan D3 spray).
  2. Get Sufficient Sleep
    We all know a good night’s sleep is a great idea, but did you know it could boost your immunity? Studies have linked sleep with immune function. The end of the year is filled with holiday events that can keep us up late so be sure your family gets full night’s sleep. Suggested minimums are higher than you might expect: 8 hours for adults, 10-11 hours for teens, and even more for younger children.
  3. Frequent and Proper Hand Washing 
    Many viruses can be avoided with frequent hand washing, but you also need to teach your children proper hand washing techniques. Scrub your hands for 30 seconds under warm water with a non-toxic (preferably castile) soap. You should also avoid hand sanitizers. Most popular brands contain triclosan and triclocarban, which act as endocrine disrupters, and frequent use can kill off friendly bacteria, leading to the development of resistant bacteria. This can actually increase your child’s risk for disease.
  4. Exercise
    In 2008, NBC News reported on research showing that regular exercise builds your body’s defenses against colds and flus. In fall and winter, you family can build snowmen, jump in rain puddles and play tag football. If you can’t get outside in inclement weather, find ways to be active indoors. Host impromptu dance parties with your children, find YouTube videos featuring youth workouts or play a video game that includes fitness or movement. Another great idea is a mini-trampoline. Kids can jump on and all throughout the day while you can use it for a high impact workout!
  5. Reduce Your Holiday Sugar Consumption
    Between Halloween, holiday parties and events that feature sweets, kids can be exposed to an overload of sugar in the fall and winter. According to AskDr.Sears.com, studies have shown that excessive simple sugars, like table sugar and honey, can reduce the body’s immune response. Make sure to regulate the number of desserts and candies your family is eating as well as choosing sweeteners that have a lower glycemic index for baking.
  6. Balance Your Gut
    Winter not only means more sugar, but also more baked goods, and that means your gut flora can be out of balance. Too much of these foods can make candid, yeast and other “bad' bacteria thrive in your intestines, lowering your immunity. To aid your gut in getting balanced, put your family on a high quality probiotic tailored for their age.
  7. Eat Foods that Boost Immunity
    Leafy greens, fruits high in vitamin C like oranges, and other organic produce rich in antioxidants will help your family stay free of sickness. Don't forget to add sweet potatoes to your plate this holiday, as they contain vitamins C and D and antioxidants! In addition, spice up your meals for better health. Ginger, cayenne pepper, marjoram, Celtic sea salt and cinnamon do the double duty of seasoning your meals and naturally boosting immunity.

These few changes can go a long way to boosting your family’s natural immunity and keeping your kids from getting sick.

What precautions do you take to stave off the seemingly never-ending waves of flu each winter?

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8 Responses to 7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Family’s Natural Immunity

  1. Lori Popkewitz Alper October 16, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    What great suggestions. I love that Vitamin D is on this list. It’s the time of year for boosting that immune system to ward off the flu and colds.

  2. Tiffany October 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    We love essential oils for immunity here. I have been wearing a diffuser necklace with thieves at work around all the sickies and I have been feeling great. 🙂

  3. Amy Ziff October 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    great tips for protecting your family! we also use elderberry syrup when there’s any sign of sickness or flu.

  4. lynn hasselberger October 17, 2014 at 7:00 am #

    Great tips. I am constantly after my boys to eat the I greens…. Love my vitamin D drops. Turns out I was low in that!

  5. Lisa October 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    I try to do these things but I keep forgetting my RX vitamin D (I’m pretty deficient), have terrible insomnia, and having an asthma attack so exercising hasn’t been happening. 🙁 We do make a drink when we are sick in my family that we call voodoo medicine, it’s Emergen-C, colloidal silver, oil of oregano, elderberry, and olive leaf extract. Tastes horrible but seems to help.

  6. Betsy (Eco-novice) October 21, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    Great reminders and suggestions! I need to focus on these with my kids.

  7. Maryanne Campbell October 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    We also use essential oils and colloidal silver. I put Thieves oil and my kiddos feet and spines morning and night. Our daily Ningxia Red shots help boost our immunity, too!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters November 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

      Great tips Maryanne! My sister Laura just made Thieves Oil for all of us yesterday, so we’ll be adding it to our regimen. ~Alicia

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