Routines - we all have them and they show up in all facets of life. Whether it be getting up at 5 AM for the gym or staying in bed to ease into the day, routine integrates in many ways. Most people's routines look different than others, but one idea we can all agree on is that it's important to support our immune system every single day. You know the basics: restorative sleep, quality food, and drinking lots and lots of water – but how else can you support immune health daily? Making sure to incorporate immune supportive herbal blends into your routine.
General Immune Support
Immunity is connected to every area of life and every system in the body. There are many ways to implement immune supportive actions into our routine. An amazing tool to add to your box is WishGarden Herb's Kick-Ass Daily Immune. Kick-Ass Daily includes a multitude of herbs like Elderberry, Astragalus, Burdock, Nettle, Red Clover and more. I especially appreciate this blend for its use of Elderberry. Elderberry is a famously, effective staple for supporting the immune system. In addition to Kick-Ass Daily, WishGarden has another formula called Kick-Ass Immune Activator. What makes Kick-Ass Daily different than Kick-Ass Immune is that the herbs in the Kick-Ass Daily blend are supportive to the immune response in a way where they are not actively turning on the immune system, therefore it is safe to take long term, as a tonic. Kick-Ass Immune Activator is meant for those times when you're starting to feel run down and you need immune activating herbs. This is an important distinction. You do not want to have the immune response in constant activation because in the long run, you are exhilarating more energy to keep the army fighting. Kick-Ass Daily is perfect for maintaining daily immune support – it's the ongoing watchful eye.
Our Immune System and The Gut
Did someone say food? Count me in! One of the best parts of being alive is a good meal! It's often forgotten but our digestive tract and our immune system are best buddies. They look after each other, and when one is balanced and healthy, you can expect the other to match. The digestive tract and immune system work together in an innate immune response. As we know, our digestive tracts break down food into smaller pieces. Less known is that our tracts are also a point of entry for pathogens. The immune system's job is to make sure that those pathogens don't overpopulate and make us sick. Because of the tight relationship between these two systems, implementing herbs to assist in nutrient absorption benefits both gut and immune health.
One of my favorite ways to stimulate my digestion system after enjoying an indulgent meal is by taking WishGarden's Digestive Rescue. This blend of herbs includes Fennel, Catnip, Peppermint and Ginger, which are revered for being incredible, gut rescuers. This formula was designed to soothe any common digestive upset, like heartburn, gas, or bloating. In addition to in-the-moment support, Digestive Rescue can also be used as a tonic. Digestive Rescue can be used to bring the gut biome back into homeostasis. Whether it be for long-term support or short-term help, Digestive Rescue can be an easy gut and immune-supportive addition to your daily routine.
Our Immune System and Catching Some Zzzz's
One of the first places my mind takes me, when I think about what I can do to enhance my energetic state is, "Am I getting enough sleep?" Sleep studies over the last decade have highlighted the importance of sleep for every system in the body. Not surprisingly, sleep provides essential support to the immune system. It helps to support a balanced immune defense that encourages adaptability to outside irritants. Our line of defense is activated when we experience allergic reactions, when illness starts to make itself known or simply when we are tossed into new environments. In other words, our immune system is under lots of pressure and constantly needs to adapt, so doing what we can to get enough sleep is a simple way to support its function. Restorative sleep encourages cellular recovery and strengthens adaptive immunity. Yeah sure, you might have to wrap up the party a little sooner than expected, however your body will thank you for allowing it to enter a restorative state. One of my favorite ways to support sleep is incorporating WishGarden's Sleepy Nights formula. It contains restorative herbs like Hops, Passionflower and Skullcap, all of which are known to support deep, restful sleep.
Routines can be both hard and easy to make, and there are endless ways to incorporate healthy habits into them. When going about your busy life, don't forget to take care. Our bodies are always communicating with us. With the help of our plant allies, we can do our best to integrate immune system support into your daily lives.
Taylor Marie Fleshman is an aspiring herbalist. She is currently attending courses through Herbalism Roots in Denver, Colorado. Her goal is to teach her community about the power behind medicinal herbs and the importance in staying connected with Mother Nature. She works as a customer journey representative here at WishGarden Herbs.
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