How I Boosted My Non-Existent Immune System

The steps I’ve taken to boost my non-existent immune system over the last few months. 

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Since I was tiny tot I have had the worst immune system. The WORST! There’s no if, ands, or buts about it – and my whole plus all of my friends will very quickly agree. If someone around me was sick there was no question, I would be sick three days later, maybe even sooner. We never could really figure out why my immune system absolutely sucked or how to improve it. I ate healthy, drank lots of water, worked out pretty regularly, took vitamins here and there, and got as much sleep as possible. Yet the colds, flus, and other random viruses always hit me! 

At the end of 2019 I had reached the end of my rope, I was over being sick all of the time, missing out on events, and falling behind on work. So I did a little research on boosting your immune system and took some steps towards doing so. Since the end of third quarter 2019 (knock on wood) I haven’t gotten sick. Which is truly a big deal for me! 

So if my non-existent immune system life sounds like you or you’re simply interested in boosting your immune system as much as possible, below you will find the steps I took to boost my non-existent immune system. Steps that have made a big difference and kept me healthy through several seasons! 

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Steps to Boost Your Immune System

Elderberry Syrup 

The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed with antioxidants and vitamins such has Vitamin C, dietary fiber, phenolic acids,anthocyanins and flavonols. All of these may boost your immune system. They can help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your heart, as well. Some experts recommend elderberry to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.

I typically take one tablespoon a day. However, if I feel a little sluggish/offish I’ll take a couple additional tablespoons throughout the day. 

Vitamin C Gummies

I’m a gummies girl through and through! Taking at least one gummy vitamin helps me take all of my vitamins – I find myself a little more excited to take the vitamins when a yummy gummy vitamin is involved. May seem a little childish but hey it works! 

These gummies supports Immune health with as much vitamin C as 10 tangerines. The benefits of taking vitamin C include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. Sign me up! 

Women’s One Vitamins

These vitamins support immune health with a high potency source of zinc and vitamin C. As well as energy and nerve cell protection with B6, B12, and choline. Plus nutritional support for health with vitamin D and calcium. 

Counter Attack Vitamins

Rainbow Light Counter Attack is formulated to support immune system health by incorporating herbal blends and other ingredients. These include berberine, andrographics, vitamin C, zinc, and an immune blend complex with 10 herbal blends + ingredients geared towards supporting your immune system. This vitamin is a true fighter! 

Consistent Workouts 

While I was working out pretty regularly before, it wasn’t as regular as it could be or as focused on being good for my body vs. pushing myself as hard as I could to drop pounds. Now I’ve diversified my workouts with running, weight lifting, walking, and yoga. Giving my body a variety of ways to move and stay healthy. My goal – move at least 30 minutes a day five to six times a week. Sundays are usually my rest days. 

Variety of Vegetables + Greens

Vegetables have never been something I really crave or even remembered to include in my diet regularly. Usually I had one vegetable a day at dinner and that was that. Now I’m for one diversifying my vegetables and also finding ways to include additional greens in my diet. Typically that means throwing a handful of spinach or kale into a smoothie or onto of an open faced sandwich. Plus picking up additional vegetables at the store – rather than just cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. 

Greens such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are immune-boosting foods that contain high levels of vitamin C, which not only packs a powerful antioxidant punch, it helps fight off infection and regenerate other antioxidants in the body, including vitamin E. They also contain folate, another immune booster.

Elderberry Blackberry Tea

Since elderberry has so many great benefits and I am such a tea drinker I have added Elderberry Blackberry Tea to our pantry. I don’t drink this every single day but do when I’m wanting something warm in the evenings or am feeling a little off. Just to give myself a little extra boost of elderberry! 

How do you boost your immune system?

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  1. Rach wrote:

    Thanks for this! Not sure if this is helpful, but it not common practice to get test for your immune system. But if you have been shown signs of repeated infections, you can get tested and be treated for me. Unfortunately for me, my immune system is lower than most because of cancer treatment and need boosters. Definitely something worth checking and thanks for the tips!

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
    • Of course gal – thank you for reading! I should absolutely get tested – I have no idea you could do that. Thank you for sharing! And I am glad you found the tips to be helpful 🙂

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  2. Greta wrote:

    These are good tips! I’m trying to boost my immune system in this crazy time and I’ll take a few of these tips.

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
  3. Stephanie wrote:

    My sister swears by elderberry and I think she might even make her own syrup. I don’t love the way it tastes, but it’s a heck of a lot better than some health-boosters out there. And the idea of a tea sounds pretty enjoyable. I’ll have to test that out soon.

    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
    • It really is quite amazing – worth the few seconds of taste – although I do love it personally! The tea is wonderful – I’m sure you’d like it!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  4. Rachel wrote:

    Boosting my immune system has been at the top of my “to-do” list for 2020 and recently starting taking vitamins, which I’m psyched about! Love your tips, too!


    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
  5. Lizzie wrote:

    Ooo These are all such great tips!! I haven’t been sick in while (knock on wood) but I’m definitely going to save this for the future. Super helpful <3


    Posted 3.16.20 Reply
  6. Kileen wrote:

    With everything going on, I think it is so important to boost our immune system! Definitely upping my green intake!


    Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  7. Ooooh this is such a great tip (especially now) but I used to have a lot of issues with my immune system when I went to college and also worked 2+ part time jobs. Just the sheer amount of people I’d see made it almost inevitable I would get sick + lack of sleep + fried food, etc. It all just starts to add up and I’m so glad life is different now. I need to try these supplements!

    Posted 3.17.20 Reply
    • Thank you gal – glad you found them to be helpful! They’ve all been so great for me – would highly recommend!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  8. More important now than ever…great post, xoxo Sarah

    Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  9. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    Oh this was so helpful! THANK YOU! x

    Lisa |

    Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  10. This is great! Everyone can always use an immune system boost – especially during these crazy times.

    Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  11. Morgan wrote:

    I’ve heard such great things about Elderberry .. thinking I should add this to my morning cocktail of vitamins/supplements!

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    Posted 3.18.20 Reply
    • It is amazing! Truly believe it’s the #1 thing that has kept me healthy these last several months.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 3.18.20 Reply
  12. Kate wrote:

    This is such great advice! It is annoying, though, that working out is so good for you 😉

    Posted 3.18.20 Reply
    • Aw thank you gal – glad you found it to be helpful. Haha right? I will say it has definitely help to keep me sane during this social distancing time.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  13. Oh, yes! Immunity is so important! I try to boost mine as much as possible!

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  14. Monika wrote:

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply