There's nothing worse than being sidelined by winter sickness.I know that nothing derails healthy lifestyle changes like sickness. Given that the cold and flu season are hitting us especially hard this year, I desired to offer my top immune boosters and sickness repellents to keep everybody as healthy as possible.
In addition to getting the flu shot (the ultimate immune booster) to ward off or limit the flu, here are some natural ways to maintain illnesses at bay:
● Get moving
While this may be the last thing you want to do for the dead of winter, getting off of your cozy couch (I realize, sometimes it’s so painful!) and exercising each day for 30-60 minutes is one of the simplest ways to enhance immune function. But keep in mind, if you opt to exercise at the gym, ensure to wipe down the machines, which can be germ magnets.
● Pop a probiotic (or better yet, consume a probiotic meal)
While medical knowledge remains evolving on this one, research have proven that daily probiotics enhance the body’s immune response. This is likely due to “correct” bacteria fighting off the form of bacteria that makes you sick. While a tablet is probably the perfect solution for some, meals like live-culture yogurt, tempeh, and kombucha provide the best probiotic punch.
● Lay off the booze
Over-indulging in alcohol will not simplest go away you with a hangover, but will compromise your immune system. Alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to produce disease-fighting cytokines, leaving you more liable to infection up to 24 hours after drinking. Alcohol additionally interferes with your sleep cycles.
● Get your beauty rest
Studies has proven that obtaining less than seven hours of sleep a night triples your chance of catching a cold. The best, most restorative sleep comes when maintain a fairly consistent routine (no, sleeping in on the weekends doesn’t make up for getting 4 hours of sleep Monday-Thursday), so try to go to sleep and get up at the same time each day.
● Consume cloves of garlic per day
I don’t suggest to damage anyone’s love life with this advice, but garlic is a natural antiseptic. It carries a compound known as allicin, which blocks enzymes that activate infections. To get the maximum health benefits, crush garlic at room temperature and allow it to sit out for 15 mins before cooking or eating.
● Gargle with salt water
Nope, this one isn’t just an old-wives tale! While gargling frequently with plain old water is enough to assist ward off a cold, it’s best to apply a salt water solution While gargling frequently with plain old water is enough to assist ward off a cold, it’s best to apply a salt water solution (about 1 teaspoon of salt to a cup of heat water) if you feel a sore throat approaching. if you feel a sore throat approaching. The salt solution will help to ease infection and flush out any brewing germs. (It can additionally help remove garlic breath!)
invest in a Neti Pot. A neti pot is a ceramic or plastic tea kettle-shaped container that may be used for nasal irrigation (consider it as a salt water gargle in your nose.). Similar to gargling does in your throat, a daily saline rinse can help sweep out micro-organism and viruses out of your nasal passages. Simply remember to clean your neti pot out frequently, and only use boiled or bottled water.
● Meditate The salt solution will help to ease infection and flush out any brewing germs.
Strain, both chronic and acute, depresses your immune system and puts you at risk for getting sick. Studies have proven that meditating as low as 12 minutes a day reduces stress levels, improves cognitive functioning and in fact will increase DNA that fights cellular aging.
● Enjoy some ginger tea
The exact science is a little weak on this ancient remedy, but fresh ginger consists of anti-viral compounds which have proven to be protecting against rhinoviruses (aka the common cold). So, drink up! (Notice from Grace: This tea is my favorite!!)
● Wash your hands
Even as this one seems fairly obvious, 95% of people aren’t washing their hands regularly (I know, gross). While it won’t improve your immune system, washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds is the only manner to keep illness at bay.