Immune Boosting Tips

What a weird and wild time we find ourselves in right now.
 
Now more than EVER, make your health a priority.  The world is calling on us to slow down and take care.  Let’s be honest, we are all quarantined at home so you’ve at the very least gained back the time it would take you to commute to work!  If you already work from home, you are still entitled to breaks and there’s just no reason to let that be an excuse you can’t carve out some time for yourself (10, 20, 30 minutes can make a HUGE difference).
 
Tip #1
 
Eat lots of veggies + fruit every day and include more nutrient dense, whole foods 
 
These are your natural source of Vitamin C.  Supplements can be great, but there’s no better “supplement” than to get your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from real, whole, from the earth foods.  If it’s in a package, put it down.  If it grew from a garden, it’s good to go!

Tip #2

Eat less processed foods + sugar 
 
Ok, I mentioned putting down the packaged food above so let’s focus on sugars here.  If you know me, you know how much I LOVE my maple syrup, so I’m not suggesting you never enjoy some sweet natural sugars (my go-tos are maple syrup and raw honey) however, sugars, even these ones can suppress your immune system for several hours after eating them.  SO, at times like these when it’s important to keep your immune system strong and healthy, best to give your sugar intake a rest 
 
Tip #3
 
Hydrate!! Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.  Water helps to carry oxygen to your cells which leads to your bodily systems functioning more optimally (including your immune system).  It also helps to carry toxins out of your body which is essential when you are trying to keep yourself healthy.
 
Tip #4
 
Introduce more anti-inflammatory foods & decrease inflammatory foods 
 
Here are some suggestions for my favourite anti-inflammatory foods 
 
1. Turmeric  (you can get this fresh, as a powdered spice or in oil form) 
2. Ginger (same as above)
3. Berries (blueberries are my favourite brain boosters)
4. Healthy fats (from nuts, seeds, oils or fish)
5. All the green veggies
 
Here are some suggestions to stay away from because they tend to increase inflammation
 
1. Dairy
2. Wheat
3. Sugar
4. Alcohol
5. Processed meats

Tip #5

Move your body and breathe consciously – LIKE EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Keep in mind it doesn’t have to be a crazy workout, especially if you are feeling low energy or under the weather.  Doing even a slow movement practice can support de-stressing your body which will also increase your immune function.  Moving your body releases endorphins and supports your mood too which is incredibly helpful during times of massive uncertainty and change.  
 
Bonus: 
Here is my self-care toolkit – I keep this running list on my phone and I go to it whenever I start to feel sick or low. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference and when we aren’t well, it’s also easy to forget those simple things.  Take from here what resonates with you or start your own completely!
 
I’d love to hear what you come up with
 
•Get hydrated (hot or cold lemon, ginger, honey water or freshly pressed juice) 
•Eat fresh, easy to digest foods (ayurvedic recipes are a good bet)
•Ayurvedic therapies  (lather your body in oil, neti pot, tongue scrape, gargle with salt water and/or tea tree oil, etc)
•Homeopathic remedies
•Herbal supplements (echinacea, chaga, oil of oregano, sun potion, etc)
•Vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, D, elderberry or give yourself a B12 shot)
•Take a shot of apple cider vinegar (good for throat stuff or belly aches)
•Take your probiotics
•Suck on a glove of garlic (it’s awful but it works – avoid doing it on an empty stomach though)
•Dry brush your skin to increase lymphatic flow (as long as you don’t have a fever or if your skin feels sensitive to the touch)
•If you have the energy, jump on a trampoline to increase lymphatic flow
•Sound therapy (choose your own healing sounds or pick a healing mantra and sing it out loud)
•Aromatherapy (lavender to calm, peppermint for headaches, eucalyptus for congestion)
•Restorative yoga 
•Cleansing pranayama 
•Meditate that shit out of you
•Art/Imagery
•Read a good book
•Watch a classic movie
•Laugh
•Massage
•Hydro-therapy (hot bath/sauna/steam + cold shower)
•Acupuncture
•Reflexology
•Free flow movement – dance your face off or walk or just move your body in a creative way that feels good – movement, specifically walking, massages your pituitary gland, helping to decrease cortisol levels and reduce stress)
•Get into nature stat (put your bare feet in the grass, hug a tree if you have to)
•Say something nice to yourself or to someone you care about 
•Cuddle a living being as soon and often as you can
•Facial & body cupping 
•Take a fucking break 
 
Remember you are awesome and you are stronger than you think.
Feel better and rock on.
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