Looking to boost your immune system in summer is probably the last thing on your mind. When summer arrives, we want to be outside enjoying the sunshine. At the beach or in the park with family and friends, we definitely do not want to be cooped up in bed sick with the summer flu!
Why does it happen? A change in season or the weather can lead to a weakened resistance to germs.
What can you do to boost your immune system in Summer?
Natural health supplement to boost your immune system
An author who researches Olive Leaf Extract suggests that:
“olive leaf compounds interact with virus particles and reduce the infectivity and inhibit replication of viruses known to cause colds, influenza, and lower respiratory infection.” Reference 1
What else can you do to support your immune system in Summer?
It’s Summer and we want to be with our family and friends. This could mean late nights out and not getting enough sleep! Have a read of our 6 Ways to Boost your Immune System, specifically the Sleep Well section to learn why sleep is so important for your immune health.
Absorb enough Vitamin D!
In Queensland, Australia where our Organic Olive Plantation is located – It is known as the Sunshine State. We have over 255 days of Sunshine. What that means is, we are typically smothering ourselves in SPF50+ to protect ourselves against the suns’ harmful rays and potentially blocking Vitamin D from being absorbed. Find ways to make sure you’re getting enough – this could include supplementing with Vitamin D capsules.
Maybe you’re travelling for Summer and need to boost your immune system for your Summer holiday? If you’re travelling this summer, read our Best Natural Travel Remedy article for more tips to boost your immune system while travelling.
Already a fan of Olive Leaf Extract? Then why not try our Olive Leaf Value Pack. It offers you value for money and a great opportunity to try products that you might not have thought about trying.
If you need any further information on our olive leaf products, then please feel free to contact us. You can call us on +61 467 245 961, or e-mail us at email@example.com
Reference 1: Roxas M, Jurenka J. Colds and influenza: a review of diagnosis and conventional, botanical and nutritional considerations. Alt Med Rev 2007;12(1):25-48.
In 2016, there was a study conducted on olive leaf extract and the benefits it had in reducing certain cardiovascular risk factors. The study was published in the European Journal of Nutrition. Over 6 weeks, 60 people were split into 2 groups. One group was given olive leaf extract and the other a placebo. The study concluded that taking olive leaf extract reduces blood pressure.
In fact, the study mentioned they used 136mg of oleuropein as the baseline. That’s the same as taking 30ml of Vabori Olive Leaf Extract. Oleuropein is the active ingredient in Olive Leaf Extract – it has been researched to have many benefits attributed to various areas of our health.
Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are indicators of how healthy your heart is. So, this study is welcome news to those looking to improve heart health with olive leaf extract.
Our liquid olive leaf contains 5mg of Oleuropein per 1mL. It is extracted only from fresh olive leaves on our 640 acre (1 square mile) organic olive plantation in Australia. These are some of our liquid Olive Leaf Extract products:
Boost Your Immune System naturally by focusing on exercise, hydration and supplements such as Olive Leaf Extract all working synergistically to boost immunity. Try them out and let us know what you think in the comment section below!
How to Boost Your Immune System
1. Sleep Well
We all know that an adult needs 8 hours of sleep every night to function properly the next day. Without proper sleep we tend to be sluggish and lack focus. Why not implement a night time routine to help you get the best night’s sleep! Below is the Night Time Routine that we use:
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Night Time Routine:
Screen Time: Don’t look at your electronic devices 30-minutes before bed. Try moving your phone charger from your bedside table to your entryway or kitchen.
Prepare your environment: Spray lavender essential oil on your pillow. We recommend an Aroma Spray it has Organic Rose Water, Organic Lavender Essential Oil & Organic Geranium Essential Oil. Great to help you relax and fall asleep!
Night time Supplements: Take your night time supplements – We recommend Vabori Olive Leaf Extract Natural 500ml to help boost your immune system and fight free radicals while you sleep. Other supplements could include Zinc or Magnesium.
Clean Up: Have a warm shower, clean up around. Maybe there’s some clothes on the floor, pop them in the laundry hamper. If you can see a clean environment before bedtime, it can help to relax you.
Bed Time: Jump into your bed and start counting those sheep!
2. Olive Leaf Extract
A great immune boosting supplement is olive leaf extract. With the benefits being plentiful, let’s talk about a few specific ones such as; How it works as an Anti-Microbial and its ability to fight Free Radicals.
Anti-Microbial effects of Olive Leaf Extract are derived from its active ingredient Oleuropein. (read: what is Oleuropein). The way it works is, it inhibits the growth of viruses. Once a virus gets into your system its intention is to multiply, olive leaf extract prevents this process by stimulating phagocytosis, thereby enhancing the immune response to viral infection. We’ve even received emails from customers who have used olive leaf extract for herpes.
Free Radical Fighting effects of Olive Leaf Extract are also derived from the same active ingredient, Oleuropein. Essentially, oleuropein can prevent the oxidation of molecules that cause damage. To fight free radicals aka oxidisation – your body needs antioxidants such as Vitamin C. Olive Leaf Extract has 400 times the antioxidant capacity of Vitamin C which makes it your Free Radical Fighting Friend!
3. Reduce Stress
We should always be trying to find ways to reduce stress. With work and home life pressures when do we get time for ourselves! Why not try to incorporate a mindful breathing exercise into your day. Start with 5 minutes of breathing with your eyes closed and see how you feel. If you need some inspiration or a little motivation – have a look on the app store and pick a mindfulness app to download. They’ll be able to guide you through the process.
Exercising to boost immunity has to be the cheapest and perhaps the most neglected preventative measure against several diseases. For decades, doctors and scientists have been researching the link between exercise and immunity against diseases such as the common cold.
What they’ve found is that people who exercise often have an increased immunity for several hours after their training sessions, be it a regular walk for half an hour, or a few hours in the gym every week.
Your cardiovascular system becomes more efficient at pumping blood through your body, making you less prone to heart diseases. Your lungs become stronger with a higher oxygen capacity, helping you inhale more oxygen when you breathe and remove more carbon dioxide as you breathe out.
Researchers speculate that exercise can boost your white blood cells which are responsible for fighting against pathogens which cause diseases, particularly bacteria and viruses.
It is important to remember that overdoing exercise can also hurt the immune system if you don’t take adequate rest between sessions and don’t build up the intensity of your workouts gradually. This is why some people may have experienced feeling rundown or lethargic after doing very intense exercise in a short period of time or running a marathon without training for it correctly in the months prior.
Exercise releases toxins through sweating, so make sure you wash up thoroughly after, or your exercise efforts for higher immunity might be counter-productive.
6. Reduce Sugar
Maybe you already adhere to a healthy lifestyle. However, did you know that all these healthy bars and treats that you might be buying actually contain a lot of sugar. Most of them do a great job by sourcing natural sugar through fruits or sweet vegetables. However, these sugars can quite easily put us over our daily quota of recommended sugar intake of 50g for an Australian adult. Why not try to add some more fruits to help boost your immune system. Be conscious about the foods you eat and don’t deprive your body – sometimes you just need that little treat to get you through the day!
An Immune Tea can really help to give you that boost when you’re feeling under the weather. When you’re in need of something natural, this immune boosting tea recipe can help to help soothe your symptoms.
This tea recipe is our adage to the the original hot lemon and honey tea that our parents and grandparents used to make for us whenever we had a cold or flu. Only now, we have updated it to pack more of a punch with the added benefits of Olive Leaf Extract.
Immune Tea Health Benefits
Lemon: Selected for its ability to aid with digestion, helping all the other ingredients to get where they need to!
Honey: It has been recognised around the world for its healing abilities. Just make sure you use a quality raw honey as they contain medicinal properties unlike table honey.
Ginger: According to the National Journal of Preventative medicine, they discuss how ginger in tea has been used historically as an antioxidant. More specifically though, they mention how ancient cultures used ginger to boost the immune system.
Turmeric: It is anti-inflammatory and antiviral. This adds synergistically to the ginger providing a wonderful decongesting benefit.
Olive Leaf Extract: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial make this your secret weapon against whatever nasty bugs are hiding in your system.
1cm Slice of Organic Ginger (chopped or grated)
1cm Slice of Organic Turmeric (chopped or grated)
1/2 Lemon or 1 whole small lemon if organic then add some zest
So when you get to your destination, that travel bug doesn’t tag along.
Enjoy every second of your trip!
Having the Best Natural Health Remedy on hand is fantastic!
However, here are some more tips to get through your trip as naturally as possible?
Sleep well before you leave. When you travel you’ll want to be alert and on your toes. According to Health Direct, an Australian Government research arm, most adults need about 8 hours of sleep per night. So, make sure you get enough sleep before you leave so you can have a better journey.
Stay Hydrated. When we are in a different environment, such as an aircraft, train or boat – we might not stick to our usual habits. It is important to keep hydrated as our organs and muscles need water to function efficiently. Avoid caffeine and alcohols as they tend to dehydrate us. It’s not only important to hydrate internally, don’t forget about the external – try using an organic moisturiser to combat that dry air recirculated air in most modes of transport.
Exercise. When we’re preparing for a trip, it’s easy to fall out of routine and forego your normal exercise regime. We all know the benefits of exercise, it can help to manage your weigh, decrease health risks and help your immune system perform at its best. The Department of Health recommends 60 minutes of exercise every day.
Supplements. How could we not talk about natural supplements to take before you travel. You’ll want to make sure your body is operating at its optimal, the best way to do that is to make sure your immune system is firing on all cylinders – in our opinion the best way to boost your immune system is with Vabori Olive Leaf Extract. We prefer the Natural Flavour, but there are a range of olive leaf extract flavours to choose from.