Are you ready to boost your immune system even during some of the most challenging months of the year? Are you ready for cold & flu season?! Yeah, me either! It’s nearly impossible to avoid getting sick but it is possible to boost your immune system so that you don’t catch every single bug that goes around. Let’s get armed with a few things to boost your immune system and get you ready to fight any germs that head your way!
Wash Your Hands
The most important thing you can do is wash your hands frequently! You can reduce your chances of becoming ill by washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water, especially:
- before eating, blowing your nose, or touching your face
- after spending time in public places or with people who are sick
- after using the washroom, touching garbage, or handling animal products or waste
- help the little ones understand the importance of washing hands and what song to sing while doing it!
Carry WIPES and sanitizer! One of my favorites sanitizers is the Young & Living Thieves sanitizer. It smells good, is gentle and works well.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Minimize stress as much as possible. We can all appreciate the linked relationship between mind and body. When people are exposed to situations they regard as stressful, they will notice that the immune system is directly affected. Stress can leave your immunity vulnerable to illness. Make self-care a priority! Click HERE for more self-care tips!
Work Up a Sweat
Sweat helps your body flush out excess toxins and boosts blood circulation, increasing energy and vitality. Running, aerobic exercises or a sauna session are all fantastic ways to work up a healthy sweat. To boost the effects, take a 30-60 second cold shower after and bask in the endorphin boost! If you are having trouble sticking to a routine, find an accountability group or a coach to help! Having a plan is key to success!
I used to take a one-a-day, probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes and a few more all in separate forms. But, in the last 3+ years, I discovered a “bullet-proof” shake that I fell in love with because of its nutrient-dense base and amazing taste. For more info on my favorite shake…click here!
Eat a Clean Diet with Immune-Boosting Foods
Our bodies thrive on a diet rich in nutrients and low in processed sugars, oils, and chemicals. Click HERE for more healthy recipes!
Limit Contact with People Who Are Sick
Try not to spend time with people who have a fever, the flu, or other infections. It may sound cruel or selfish but trust me, it is NOT. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
If someone in your home is sick:
- Avoid spending time in the same room as much as possible.
- Avoid sharing personal products such as pillows or towels.
- Wash any surfaces and objects they might have touched.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
Try to avoid large crowds. Some people in a crowd may have viral or other infections. It is a known fact that the older you get the more prone to illnesses you are. Respiratory infections, influenza, and particularly pneumonia are the leading causes of death in people over 65 worldwide. Malnutrition is another big reason people get sick more than others. Healthy immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment. Your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against germs but adding these few steps will help you be more successful in the fight against germs!
While you’re at it, be sure to ENJOY this beautiful time of year. Take care of yourself first so that you can best take care of the others in your life!