Updated: Sep 21, 2022
Hey Yall! School is back in full swing so keeping your immune system and your kids immune system strong is top priority! I composed some of my favorite immune boosting tips to help you prepare for the sore throats, snotty noses, sinus congestion and tummy bugs!
Little sickness here and there are natural and actually help us to become more resilient and stronger. When we do get sick, however, our goal is to make the illness shorter and less severe since avoidance of illness is not possible.
Stress is an immune system killer! Increased stress naturally increases our bodies cortisol levels which will knock down our immune system. Stress will also increase gut membrane permeability and 70% of our immune system sits inside our gut! Some of my favorite (and free ways) to combat stress:
Practicing gratitude! Start with just taking a step back, out of the stressful situation, and thinking about very simple things you are thankful for i.e. a roof over your head and clothes on your back. As you get better you can get deeper into what it is you are thankful for. GIVE THIS A SHOT. STUDIES SHOW THIS REDUCES CORTISOL, STRESS, AND BURNOUT, IMPROVES SLEEP AND RESILIENCE, AND INCREASES HAPPINESS AND POSITIVE MOOD :)
Binaural beets. Binaural beats are sounds at specific frequencies for a specified amount of time. These sounds are shown to affect a person’s behavior and sleep cycles. Different beats can promote focus, relaxation, and sleep.
Epsom salt baths. Epsom salt baths promote relaxation and detoxification. A great option for keeping your adrenals and immune system in check!
GET PLENTY OF REST:
Lack of sleep, interrupted sleep and not achieving REM sleep can negatively impact your immune system. When we don't sleep our anxiety levels increase and increased anxiety causes reduction in sleep - a vicious cycle. Some of my favorite nutrients/supplements for sleep include:
Magnesium glycinate. Magnesium glycinate is magnesium combined with the amino acid glycine which is a relaxing amino.
Epsom salt baths!
Avoiding blue light 1 hour prior to bed
Having a cool, dark room
Avoid caffeine later in the day
Mediation prior to bed
An evening walk can help to set your internal clock and let your body know it's time for bed
IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS:
Eating a diet rich in color and phytonutrient is essential to having a good immune system. Foods rich in color provide us with antioxidants that help our bodies to fend off free radicals that invaders to