8 Natural Ways to Boost your Immune System This Holiday Season
Our immune systems are the basis for health.
They are what keep us healthy and functioning every day especially during the stressful times and busy holiday seasons.
This is why boosting our immune systems is so imperative. We recommend these eight tips below to support the immune system naturally during the busy and sometimes, stressful, holiday season.
These tips are geared at helping to boost your immunity naturally. That way, your body can defend itself from anything coming at it.
Wishing you health and happiness during the holidays!
- 1. Proactively prevent the flu and colds this season
Even though you may not feel under the weather, you can still take action to avoid getting sick! There are many ways to be proactive to ward off illness and build up your immunity naturally. The first thing you can do is to try our Adult Flu and Cold Kit. This kit is designed for the flu season. It comes with wellness dosing (prevention) and therapeutic dosing (treatment) options. The kit contains 7 unique nutritional supplements that are proven to boost the immune system and benefit all organs. You can make sure you’re getting enough sunshine. Vitamin D is an immune vitamin. Don’t live in sunny AZ? Get the cold and flu kit as it has plenty of vitamin D to keep you stocked up and healthy all winter long.
- 2. Eat organic, nutritious foods
Organic, nutritious and healthy foods give your immune system a big boost in a good way. At the same time, eating unhealthy foods can negatively impact your immunity. Choose foods that support your immune system and your overall health. Garlic, beets, avocados, citrus fruits and grass-fed organic meats are all superfoods that boost immunity and prevent disease. Fermented foods are also great for the immune system as they flourish the gut with healthy bacteria that push the harmful pathogens out. Additionally, as the months become colder incorporate healthy, warming spices that benefit your immune system. There are many spices that not only flavor your food and keep your immune system strong but they also protect your heart.
- 3. Sleep really well
Good, quality sleep is one of the main pillars of a strong immune system. Just as our ancestors did long ago, we should follow nature and go to sleep with sundown and arise with sunrise. If you’re used to going to sleep late, try moving your bedtime up just 15 minutes earlier each night. Overtime, this will have a huge impact on your health. This will help you to rise earlier and establish a healthy sleeping routine. There are many other ways to improve your sleep.
- 4. Move your body more in the morning
Moving your body is key to health. It also increases your immune system function and can help to ward off illness. Regular exercise can increase circulation, decrease stress, and help the body better regulate its processes. Recent research published in 2018 in the journal Frontiers in Immunology has even shown that exercise can enhance (not suppress) the immune system function, increase immune surveillance and delay the aging of the immune system, keeping it stronger for longer1. In order for your body to fight off illness it has to be strong and ready to handle anything. Getting outside in nature or to a gym regularly (if winter weather keeps you indoors) is supportive of your health and wellness goals.
- 5. Manage your stress better
Chronic, unmanaged stress wreaks havoc on your immune system. Try to learn ways to manage your stress to keep yourself healthy. Practice mediation or some sort of relaxation technique daily. Knowing how to slow down your breathing will help to lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate and decrease the amount of stress hormones released. This, in turn, helps to keep your immune system in top shape and prevent colds, the flu or anything else coming its way. Mindfulness meditation is a great tool that can impact key areas of the brain that control immunity. So plug in those headphones and meditate more this season. Stress management is important to health.
- 6. Incorporate more self care into your daily routine
Self-care is very important anytime of the year, but it’s especially important during the busy holiday season. This is because during this time of year, we often forgo our needs for others needs. If we don’t take enough time for self care during the holidays, then we are left feeling depleted and are often more susceptible for illness. Self care such as yoga, massage, meditation or simply a warm bubble bath awakens our immune systems and helps us to feel good. Self-care is an important part of a health routine. It not only helps encourage a greater sense of well-being but it also helps to support immune function during the busy holiday months.
- 7. Find your inspiration during the season
When we are really busy we often forget to slow down and actually enjoy what is around us. When you are happy, your immune system is happy. Find things throughout the season that inspire you. Check out a local holiday play. Go view the festive lights on Main Street. Meet a friend for tea. Listen to your favorite podcast. Bake your favorite healthy, Paleo cookies. Do more of what inspires you this season. You will be feeling happy and healthy as a result.
- 8. Relax more with friends and family
Getting support from your family and friends is great for relieving stress and boosting your mood. At the same time, unmanaged stress can hurt our health by impairing immune function and lowering our resistance to disease (see #5 above). So find time…or better yet, make time, to relax more and enjoy more things with your close friends and family this wonderful season. This dedication to relaxing more with your loved ones creates time for your body to rejuvenate itself and aids your immune system in taking care of you. As a result of more relaxation, improved mood and less stress, your immune system will be stronger for it.
- Campbell et al., 2018: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5911985/