6 Immune Health Essentials to Keep on Hand Year-Round

by Melissa Chichester

Just like other aspects of your health, immune support is a daily habit.

There are likely certain items you may keep on hand consistently, such as tissues and throat drops.

However, there are other items to consider that you can use to support immune health year-round. Some of them may surprise you – especially #4 on our list!

#1. Hand soap

Good hand hygiene is the first line of defense. Proper handwashing with soap and water helps remove dirt and other pathogens from your hands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds, ensuring that all surfaces, including between fingers and under nails, are thoroughly cleaned. Never run out of hand soap, and wash your hands frequently to get rid of germs.

#2. Hand sanitizer

In situations where soap and water are unavailable, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be a convenient alternative. However, it’s crucial to use sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol and to follow proper application techniques for optimal effectiveness. 

#3. Disinfecting wipes

Disinfecting wipes are designed to eliminate bacteria, viruses, and grime on surfaces. By regularly wiping down commonly touched surfaces, you create an environment that is less conducive to the survival of pathogens. Disinfecting wipes are also valuable for cleaning high-touch areas like light switches, remote controls, and shared electronic devices.

In addition, for those constantly on the move, disinfecting wipes are a portable solution for maintaining a clean environment. Wiping down airplane tray tables, hotel room surfaces, and rental car interiors can help reduce exposure to unwanted dirt and debris.

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#4. Shoe rack

A shoe rack? You might be surprised by this one, but shoes inadvertently pick up all sorts of dirt and debris from various surfaces, especially in public places.

A shoe rack encourages the habit of removing shoes before entering the living space, minimizing the potential spread of pathogens within the home.

By having a designated space for shoes at the entrance, you create a cleaner living environment that supports immune health.

#5. Immune health supplements 

The immune system needs good nutrition to function optimally. Supplements may play a role in supporting immune health.* Immune support supplements should be used as directed to complement your healthy lifestyle unless otherwise directed by a doctor.

Common supplements that support immune health include: 

  • Echinacea is traditionally used to support the body’s natural defense system.*
  • Elderberry is a traditional immune support herb*
  • Andrographis supports healthy nasal passages and immune health*
  • Selenium is an essential trace mineral that supports immune health*
  • Vitamin C is a leading vitamin for immune support*
  • Vitamin D supports a healthy immune system*

#6. Water bottle

Water is key to your immune health as it helps your body’s natural filtration system by flushing out what it doesn’t need. Water also moves nutrients around so they get where they need to go, carries oxygen to your cells, and moves waste away from organs. Water also helps your body eliminate waste properly. 

It’s undeniable that water and staying hydrated is essential. Keeping a water bottle full and by your side will remind you to drink up. Consider reusable bottles to reduce environmental impact, and choose insulated options to keep your water at an optimal temperature. 

Incorporating these immune health essentials into your daily routine can help support your body’s natural defenses. Prioritize your health, stay proactive, and support your health all year long.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.