7 Ways To Supercharge Your Immune System

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By Be Well Health Coach Jenny Sansouci

Does a change of seasons generally leave you feeling under the weather and reaching for those over-the-counter meds? When we’re sick, our body is trying to get back into balance and flush things out of our system. Taking medicine can actually suppresses our immune system’s natural response to illness, which over time weakens our natural ability to heal. Luckily, there are lots of more natural ways to kick a cold and supercharge your immune system, and you don’t have to look any further than your kitchen cabinet or local health food store!


Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. It’s a fantastic thing to add to your diet if you start to feel under the weather! Substances called allistatin, allicin, garlicin and ajoine are the strongest antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and immune-enhancing compounds found in large quantities in garlic. Fresh garlic is best, so add it to your meals. It’s incredible for you, so the garlic breath is worth it!

Fermented Foods

If you want to boost your immune system in a major way, adding fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi is important. Fermented foods contain healthy, friendly bacteria (probiotics) that help to balance your gut flora — this is where 70% of your immune system is housed! Keeping your gut in working order is essential to good health, and fermented foods are powerful.


In addition to adding probiotic-rich foods to your diet, consider a probiotic supplement. Having a healthy intestinal tract is the most important part of an optimally functioning immune system! Probiotics fill your gut with good bacteria and can kill off invading pathogens, harmful bacteria and fungi. Our Be Well Probiotics come in powder or capsule form – so there are multiple ways to get your gut healthy.


Turmeric is one of the foods with the highest antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is anti-viral, anti-fungal and can help protect against cancer. Inflammation is the cause of many chronic diseases that cause health to deteriorate, so turmeric is your anti-inflammatory superhero! When you mix turmeric with black pepper, you increase your body’s absorption significantly.

Vitamin D

Adequate levels of Vitamin D are essential for our immune systems to function properly. Most of our Vitamin D intake comes from sunlight, so to optimize your levels a Vitamin D3 supplement can be enormously helpful. This is one of the most important things you can to do ward off sickness and keep your body in tip top shape! To find out how much vitamin D you’ll need, get your Vitamin D level checked by your doctor. Optimally, you want your level to be between 50 and 70ng/ml. Here are some guidelines on how much Vitamin D to take depending on your level.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many unique health-promoting benefits. It contains a compound called lauric acid, which has been shown to enhance immunity and improve heart and thyroid health. It’s also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral, so making it a staple in your diet is a smart idea if you want to feel your best! And don’t be concerned about the fat — the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are converted to energy quickly in the body, as opposed to storing it.


Glutathione is known as the “master antioxidant” – it’s the most powerful antioxidant produced by the body! It is highly important for energy production and immune function. It can reduce free radicals in the body which aids in detoxification. Exposure to toxins, an unhealthy diet, stress and other lifestyle triggers can contribute to the depletion of our natural stores of glutathione, so boost yourself up with a supplement!

What are your tried-and-true ways to naturally fight sickness?

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  • J Stevens

    i often see tumeric listed, but no recommendations of a good tumeric supplement to buy. Any suggestions?

  • Bev Patella

    Go to a retailer and purchase the powder. Mix with water, teas, drinks, smoothies, salad dressings etc. There are no specific brands better than the other that I have found. I go to the local Indian stores as their brands are often cheaper. There is a question of GMO, however. Good luck on your search!

  • Diana K

    You can purchase 1 pound of organic turmeric…….Frontier Herb brand…..for about $12 or $13 dollars. Your local health food store should be able to order for you. Or you can buy it from online health food retailers. Bev has good suggestions for using it. I put it on poached eggs (before cooking) every morning….lots of it!…with a little black pepper and cayenne. Really good!

  • Kathleen Graas

    I bought a little pill maker thingy with Vegan gel capsules on Amazon and fill the capsules with organic turmeric, which I take two per day:

    You can get more capsules after you use up the ones that come with it. This one is rather large capsules. If you have a hard time swallowing large capsules, you should find the smaller sizes, size 00 or 0…size 000 is the LARGEST. I have no problem taking them and prefer to just be taking ONE capsules, rather than two or three smaller ones. Be sure to read the directions, as you will fill them better. I used to do it by hand and this little gen cuts the time by tenfold,

  • IMBurns

    Thanks for the suggestion, Kathleen! Would you be able to supply a workable link?

  • Kathleen Graas

    On Amazon, it is called:
    Cap-M-Quik Capsule Filler (machine) size 000
    If this link doesn’t work, go to Amazon.com and search for Cap-M-Quik: http://www.amazon.com/Cap-M-Quik-Capsule-Filler-machine-size/dp/B0049K5ZIO/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1405197348&sr=8-7&keywords=pill+machine

  • Azar Attura

    I have something like that to– they are also Great for those big dry “Horse Pills” that are hard to swallow- I smash the pills and fill the capsules with them

  • ron

    I use life extension bio super curcumin 400 mg because of its excellent greater absorption. Been using it for 2 years after using turmeric capsule for 2 years. Definitely helps my arthritic discomfort.

  • I have not been sick in nearly 7 years. I take Turmeric and Vitamin D3.