It’s that time of year- when everyone is either sick, recovering, or hiding in their home to avoid getting sick. But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are so many small changes and things to implement into our lifestyles that can naturally boost our immunity, cleanse our bodies, and keep us from getting sick. Here are some of my favorites:
Neti Pot. This is an easy one, but really important and effective, especially if you struggle at all with sinus issues and upper respiratory infections! If you’ve never tried it, it can be a little intimidating, but after you get the hang of it it is a soothing daily ritual that cleanses the nasal passages of bacteria and other irritants.
Exercise. This can’t be overstated- regular exercise is imperative for good health, and a little sweating out of toxins is powerful for cleansing the body! Even walking daily (my current routine) makes a big difference.
Hot Lemon Water– this is such an easy, yummy way to start the day. Lemon water is great for digestion, alkalizes the body, fights infection and inflammation, and lifts the mood. And we all need a bit of that this time of year 🙂
Avoiding processed foods and chemical beverages. This is a more complicated topic, and certainly takes more effort as a lifestyle, but processed foods and chemical-laden (read: diet and energy) beverages are killing your immune system! Your body needs whole foods and complete nutrients to be at it’s best to fight off illnesses and keep you well. Processed foods are full of fake things that your body doesn’t know how to process, which uses up your energy that should be used to fight off illness!
Medicinal teas– there are many types of medicinal teas on the market today, but it is also easy (and economical) to buy your own herbs in bulk and mix your own blends. I love being able to go to my tea cabinet (yes, I have a whole cabinet of herbs) and select the herbs that best fit my needs, and drink it up immediately! Echinacea, alfalfa, ginger, sage, thyme, oregano,and nettle are all high-nutrient herbs that support the immune system. I’m currently drinking mass amounts of a ‘pregnancy blend’ that I’ll be featuring on the blog later this week!
OnGuard Oil Blend– this is a beautiful blend that I was just introduced to recently, but I can practically swear by it’s effectiveness. I dilute 1-2 drops of this oil in some coconut oil and rub it on the bottoms of my feet and the back of my neck each morning, and any tiny bit of sickness I feel melts away in a matter of hours. I actually didn’t use it today, and I can really tell a difference!
Other healing beverages– this could include a healthy morning elixir, kombucha, kefir, green tea. Or just drink water! Staying properly hydrated is really important, too.
Fermented foods– Things like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc are all filled with probiotics that line the digestive tract and help prevent illness. Though I would say if you are already sick, stay away from dairy, as it is difficult for your body to digest!
Don’t sterilize your life. See this post on how that’s not really helping as much as you think it is 🙂
Acupuncture– this can definitely be used in acute situations to address a specific problem, but acupuncture is very effective at keeping the body finely tuned and promoting general wellbeing. If you need a recommendation and you’re in the Carroll County area, I see an acupuncturist who is wonderful!
Elderberry Syrup– one of the most popular alternative immunity boosters, elderberry is especially renown for helping fight (and shorten duration of) the flu. You can buy commercial elderberry syrup, or buy elderberries in bulk and make your own!