9 Tips for Boosting Your Immune System
It’s back to school time! AKA: your kids are going to bring home every germ on planet earth and infect the rest of the family. Yay! One of my friends is so passionate about keeping everyone healthy that she has her children shower as right after school to keep them from sharing germy hands with their younger siblings… But if you aren’t up for a full bath time event every afternoon, then it would be a good idea to get your immune system as strong as possible so you can love on those germy little people without getting sick!
Here are some easy ways to boost your immune system this fall:
1: Get plenty of sleep
This may seem like a no brainer, but with the rush of school starting it’s easy to forget to make it a priority. When you sleep your body produces antibodies, which help you to fight infections. Less sleep = less ability to fight sickness when it is introduced to your system. Adults are recommended to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night and 10 or more hours of sleep for young children.
2: Eat immune boosting foods
There are certain foods that offer various vitamins, minerals and probiotics that help keep your body working in top notch condition, which also means the top of it’s game for fighting off germs. Some of the best foods for boosting your immunity include yogurt, garlic, strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, Brussel sprouts, oatmeal, and dark chocolate.
3: Make an immune-boosting smoothie
Want to get a mix of the best ingredients on the go? Make one of these simple immune-boosting smoothies to take with you!
- Blueberry Banana
- Sunrise Coldbuster Smoothie
- Kiwi Berry
- Grab some Emergen-C and make a Super Orange Smoothie
4: Make a batch of chicken noodle soup
All those times your mom made it for you growing up were for more than just comfort! Chicken noodle soup helps to reduce swelling in your throat and thins mucus the same way cough medicines do. Not to mention it’s a great way to get some protein in your system when you’re not feeling like eating much!
Want to up your soup game? Try out this yummy recipe for immune-boosting creamy chicken stew.
5: Drink some tea
Like with soup, it’s a given that the warm liquid can help to reduce inflammation and make your throat feel better. But according to a study done at Harvard, people who drank black tea actually had more of the immune boosting protein interferon in their blood than those who didn’t!
6: Make an essential oil immune boosting blend
Do you already or have you considered using essential oils for their many health benefits? Not only can they help reduce stress and work as all natural cleaners, they can also help your body fight off sickness.
Here’s an immune boosting oil recipe:
- 4 drops of thieves
- 2 drops of lemon
- 2 drops of frankincense
- 1 drop of oregano
Then add the essential oils to a capsule and top with 11 drops of carrier oil. Add a drop or two to your palm and inhale.
7: Get immune boosting gummies
What better way to help your body ward off sickness but to stock it with an immune supporting vitamin like Vitamin C and Echinacea, a natural herb that helps reproduce white blood cells? You can grab some for your kids and while you’re at it, grab a bottle for yourself as well! Because let’s be real, who doesn’t love gummy vitamins?
8: Drink Lemon Water
Lemon water has tons of health benefits, ranging from kick starting your metabolism in the morning to helping clean out your digestive system. And what else, you may ask? You guessed it: Lemon water can help boost your immune system and also relieve respiratory infections as well as helping to fight fevers.
9: Try some yoga
Stress is known to reduce the strength of your immune system and yoga is a great stress reliever! Not to mention that exercise helps our organs to detox which keeps us healthy. So especially in the winter months when you may not be able to spend much time outside walking or jogging, these immune-boosting yoga poses can help you bring out your inner infection-fighting yogi from the comfort of your living room.
The fact that your kids will be brining home lots of germs is inevitable—but these tips will help keep you and your littles happy and healthy!