When you start feeling sick, you want to get well fast. You can supplement Vitamin C for immune system support.
To get well, your body’s immune system kicks in. The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against sickness or disease, known as “intruders”. As long as our body’s system of defense is running smoothly, we do not notice the immune system.
Your blood is made up of two kinds of cells, white and red. When the body detects a harmful intruder, the white blood cells go to work fighting them off. If they are fighting a long time, or the intruder is harder to fight off, you may experience a fever. Fever is a sign that your body is working to fight off infection, and for many is the first sign of sickness coming on.
A good way to help support your body and your immune system is by making sure to get plenty of rest, liquids and the right kind of foods. Fruits, veggies and fresh, lean meat can all play a part in helping you stay healthy. Getting the proper amount of necessary vitamins and minerals is important in overall health, but crucial when your body is run down or sick.
Vitamin C can play an essential role in that health.
It’s benefits include it’s ability to help fight off infection by supporting the immune system. It can help repair tissues as well as aiding in the absorption of dietary iron. Your body doesn’t store this necessary vitamin, so it’s essential that you get some daily. Some foods high in Vitamin C:
- citrus (oranges, lemons, limes, grapfruit)
- dark leafy greens
You can also help supplement Vitamin C in a natural way by making this delicious syrup. It’s a great way to help support your immune system and is easy to make. Here’s how to make your own Vitamin C syrup.
- 4 c. water
- 1/4 c. elderberry
- 1/4 c. rosehips
- 1/4 c. hibiscus flowers
- 1 c. raw honey (brown rice, or maple syrup for babies under 1 year)
- Bring 4 cups of pure water to boil in a saucepan.
- Immediately turn down heat until the water is simmering (steaming, but not boiling).
- Measure and add herbs to water.
- Stir to mix. Let herbs simmer in water over low heat until water is reduced by half (2 cups).
- Strain herbs and compost.
- Pour herbal infused water into a mason jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Let cool until slightly warm. Add honey, brown rice or maple syrup to water.
- Stir well. Refrigerate.
- Use daily when trying to prevent sickness.
*Dosage: adults – 1 TBSP. 2-3x a day — children – 1 tsp. 2-3x a day. Can also be used as a pancake topping, or adding into yogurt or cereal to let your food be your medicine.
Of course, too much Vitamin C can cause upset stomachs and even diarrhea. If you experience any of this, please STOP using this and consult your doctor.
What do you do to support your immune system? Will you try this syrup?
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