How can I improve my immune system and stay healthy during cold and flu season?

With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are asking how they can make sure their body is ready to handle this new virus and others. Although it is important to try to avoid catching and spreading viruses through proper hand washing and social distancing guidelines, you can increase your ability to fight off an infection with the following:

  • Make sure your body is not deficient in vitamins C, D, zinc and probiotics. Getting proper forms of these is important, so work with me to learn more.
  • Stay hydrated with 6-10 non-caffeinated drinks per day. These may include smoothies, herbal teas, soup and broths.
  • Stay well-rested and counter your stress with scheduled time for stress-relieving activities. The immune system is hindered by stress and negative emotions. If you are a caregiver, see my online course to plan your path to staying healthy and balanced.
  • Use essential oils such as lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary and others that are known for their antibacterial and antiviral qualities. Aromatherapy calms the nervous system, which helps boost the immune system.
  • Increase cooking with spices such as onion, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, clove and ginger.
  • Circulate fresh air into the environment by opening the windows when you can.
  • Find ways to laugh and play. Human touch and laughing have both been shown to increase immune system function.

Its is also important to avoid the things that lower immune system function, such as:

  • negativity including negative self-chatter, toxic people and media,
  • alcohol and other toxins that burden the body and depress immune function,
  • staying awake past 11:00 pm and over-exercising, which can stress the adrenals,
  • and consuming food and beverages that cause inflammation (food sensitivities can be identified through testing).

Finally, if you suffer from chronic conditions that you believe lower your body’s ability to prevent disease, consider working with me to correct those conditions. Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself and fight disease, but we must first identify what your body needs to overcome it.

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