Happy allergy season my friends! Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, sore throats will be upon us soon enough. As we wrap up the flu season, it’s important to take time to strengthen our immune systems with these natural healing methods.
I don’t know about you, but I am a germ freak. I just cannot stand the thought of getting sick, or even worse, catching the flu. Ironically, I had the flu every winter for eight years straight from seventh grade to freshman year of college. It was disgusting, but something I knew was going to happen every winter.
Instead of combating it, and prepping beforehand, I prepared for when I was to be sick. When I was a sophomore in college, I realized this probably wasn’t the best method.
Instead of prepping to get the flu my sophomore year, I prepped for the sick season. I upped my supplements, was very conscious of those around me and even changed my diet.
For the first time in eight years I did not get the flu- and let me tell you – it was beautiful. For someone who has been in a constant war with her immune system, I felt like I had finally won a battle.
Lindsay: 1 Immune System: 284,291
One thing that is a bit ridiculous about the allergy season is the tendency people have to go straight to medication, and unnatural supplements in order to heal their bodies.
It might seem easier at the time, but it can do long-term damage, and weaken your immune system in the long run.
Don’t feel bad or guilty if this is your go-to method, it used to be mine as well! Here are a few of my immune system building tricks. Each one of these will help build your immune system in order to prep for any impending virsuses that might come your way.
1. Turmeric Turmeric Turmeric
Turmeric is one of my favorite herbs. Not only can it add great flavor to food, but it also works as a phenomenal healer. Some of the basic benefits Turmeric is known for include: increases inflammatory health, supports liver health by naturally stimulating it, and supports your digestive track.
But it also has some killer benefits when it comes to your immune system. It helps the production of proteins that naturally regulate your immune cells, which increases your immunity levels. It also works as a support to your bodies natural detoxification systems.
Application: You can add turmeric powder into your foods, or teas but be aware of the flavor it brings.
2. A Solid Sleep Schedule
For most twenty-something-year-olds, keeping a solid sleep schedule can be extremely difficult. It’s also usually not a priority. For me, I saw the biggest change in my immune system when I started tracking my sleep and trying to keep it in sync with my body.
Like food, and fitness, your sleep schedule also depends on what your body needs & wants. For me, as a twenty-two-year-old female with autoimmune deficiencies, I need a solid eight hours of sleep consistently to be at the top of my game. While I can be functional with six hours, to be in my prime, I need eight.
Application: Start a sleep journal, or use an app (like Sleep Cycle) to track your sleep, and find what is healthiest for you.
3. Eating Healthfully
Veggies! Veggies! Veggies!
Your diet is so important in keeping your immune system healthy and strong. An easy way to work these into your diet is by simply adding them to dishes. There are also so many good soup recipes out there. I love to fill my soups full of fresh veggies– gotta get the green intake somehow!
Application: Stock up on veggies and add them to every meal. That means breakfast, lunch, and dinner people!
Vitamins, vitamins, and more vitamins! I am a huge fan of vitamins and supplements, especially during the winter time. These babies help you fight just about anything by supporting your immune system.
I switch out my vitamin intake depending on the season but year round I always take elderberry, echinacea, zinc and vitamin C. These are all immunity boosters!
Application: Take as directed on your vitamin bottle, usually most beneficial when taken in the morning on an empty stomach.
Tea is such an easy and yummy healer. My two go-to healer teas are lemon and ginger. Usually, I end up just mixing the two together.
Application: If you are crunched for time you can just buy ginger and lemon tea packets, but if you want to go a step further then buy the ingredients raw. Simply freeze ginger root, and keep lemon fresh. Then, when you make tea, add a piece of ginger root and some lemon to it. It actually tastes really good too!
6. Steam Tents & Floral Baths
These are essential to healing your sickness! They are also just essential to my life as I am constantly congested in the winter. They work to revitalize your senses, as well as clear out your sinuses. They also work as de-stressors and will lower your cortisol.
Application: For a steam tent, first boil water in a large pot, then add essential oil drops to the bowl (I prefer eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender). After that place, a towel over your head and lean into the bowl of steaming water.
Be careful not to touch the water with your face because it could burn!
Breathe deeply and let the steam enter your nose and mouth. Do this for about 10 minutes. For a floral bath, first pour a hot bath, adding your favorite bubble bath. Then add essential oils (I prefer eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender), and then the flowers of your choice. This opens your senses, as well as lowers your cortisol with its calming effect.