It’s hard to believe we’re in November again. But the cooler weather is upon us, and with that, the reappearance of cold and flu season and of course COVID. Immune health is important year-round, but it’s especially critical this time of year. These are my best supplement recommendations for supporting immune health and staying well! Read on for my tips.
Can supplements really power up your immune system?
The short answer? 100%. Immunity may be an invisible force field of sorts, but it comes from within us, not something we put on externally. And the only way we do that is by taking care of our bodies.
This means eating healthy foods most of the time. Fall and winter are the times for indulgence, of course, and it’s perfectly fine to have that pumpkin spice latte if you want on occasion! But opt daily for whole foods: whole grains and beans, fresh vegetables and fruit (as your treat!).
Rest is also incredibly important. (Read about what happens to me when I’m not rested properly here.) If we’re not rested, we’re stressed, whether we realize it or not. A lack of proper rest can weaken our immunity and make us more susceptible to all kinds of illnesses, not just colds and the flu.
Of course, some foods are more nourishing than others. That’s where my supplements come in! Everything I co-create for myKind Organics vitamins is made from whole food ingredients. These vitamins are not like the rest. They are certified organic, non-GMO verified, and all food-based. There are no synthetic chemicals, fillers, or binders in any of the products
And that matters. Think of your body as a computer, but the code it reads is whole food nutrition. Everything else just scrambles the machine up. Give your body the best and it will be the best. These whole food supplements can help.
Oil of oregano may sound like a pizza topping, but it’s actually one of the most revered immune foods around. It has been used for centuries to support immune function and fight infections, thanks to its unique compounds Carvacol and Thymol. We take care to use only certified organic and Non-GMO verified oregano extract to avoid harsh chemicals and corn alcohol. I use this one when I’m feeling like I may be on the verge of coming down with something or if I am feeling vulnerable to getting sick.
Check out my oregano oil here.
Even the strongest immune system can struggle with seasonal challenges such as a cold or flu. Elderberries can help. They are packed with minerals such as iron, potassium, phosphorous, and copper. Elderberries also contain vitamins A, B, and C, as well as proteins and dietary fiber, along with beneficial organic compounds that function as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents in the body. There are studies to back up its benefits. People have been using elderberry since ancient Egypt. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, also swore by it. Plus, my gummies are just so yummy and so is the elderberry syrup! We also have created an elderberry sleep blend for adults and kids that helps immune function and promotes sleep. It’s also a good one for kids, too.
Check out all the elderberry products here.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a cold and flu season staple for a reason. It helps support immune function and fight stress—a leading cause of weakened immunity. I love MY vitamin C sprays because they’re super portable and taste great. Vitamin C is water-soluble, meaning we need to replenish it regularly. These organic sprays make it so easy to do that. These blends are made without any artificial ingredients or chemical preservatives, as with everything in the Mykind organics line. Available in two yummy flavors, orange tangerine and cherry tangerine.
Check out my favorite vitamin C sprays here.
4. Sleep Sprays
Whether you’re already in the throes of a bug or are keen on keeping them at bay, resting is the most important step to a rapid recovery. But sleep can be hard, I know! Give your body the rest and de-stress it needs so you can be your healthiest. This R&R sleep blend is one of my favorite products. It’s a calming blend of L-Theanine as well as calming herbs including lemon balm, chamomile, and hibiscus. It’s gentle yet potent.
I take the tablets when I need a bit extra and use the sprays more regularly. But both are great!
Check out my sleep spray here.
And these sleep tablets here.
5. Cough & Mucus Syrup
Okay, so it got you. If you’re fighting off a cold or the flu, congestion is one of the worst parts of it—and it can linger, too. I really love this blend of herbs to help reduce congestion and get you back to deep, calming breaths in no time. This syrup, for adults and kids, blends elderberry along with other powerhouses like organic English ivy leaf, echinacea, vitamin C, and zinc. Soothes everyday throat irritations and helps clear mucus when coughing.
6. Turmeric Pain Relief
Scientists are only just beginning to glimpse the vast sea of benefits that turmeric possesses. One thing we do know for sure is that it can help reduce inflammation by supporting the body’s antioxidant response. Inflammation can be an early warning sign or a lingering symptom of a cold or flu. And given turmeric’s roster of other benefits, including reducing pain, it’s a great supplement to have on hand this season. Turmeric is such a versatile ingredient and we offer it in so many different ways. The gummies? They taste like apple pie! Our golden milk tea is so cozy and healing in the cold. They’re all great for pain relief, too.
Check out my turmeric supplement here.
7. Vitamin D3
Research has recently found that vitamin D plays a critical role in immune function. But not all vitamin D is made equal! The sun is the primary source for many of us, but some people can struggle to get enough that way. Supplements can help, but the right one is important. Instead of vitamin D2, which is common in vegetarian vitamin D supplements, we source a vegan vitamin D3, cholecalciferol. It’s a potent, active form of vitamin D that can help you stay strong and healthy all season long. Available in sprays or tablets. I’m personally in love with the chewables but many people swear by the vanilla spray!