Immune Boosting Tips + Tricks
Updated: Dec 1, 2021
With all of the buzz over the Coronavirus, I thought it might be helpful to share some immune-boosting tips & tricks that have worked for me in the past.
When I'm weary of getting sick or feel a cold coming on, I try to implement the following plant medicines & healthy habits into my daily routine.
I'll start off the day with an unsweetened aloe juice shot* (4-6 oz.), which is an anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatories are a must as the immune system becomes vulnerable when inflammation occurs in the body. It is also extremely difficult for your intestines to absorb the proper nutrients it needs when your GI tract is inflamed. You need these nutrients for every day life, but especially when it comes to flu season & supporting your immune system in fighting off viruses.
Next, I brew myself a nice cup of immune-supporting tea. I switch it up between tea brands that I trust, depending on what the sale item is. I recommend Cusa Tea's Instant Immune Boost Tea, Yogi's Echinacea Immune Support or Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Plus - Echinacea ignites immunity by producing more white blood cells. Whatever tea you choose, be sure to buy organic as non-organic tea leaves are sprayed with tons of harsh chemicals, destroy the environment, & harm the farmers harvesting the leaves. I suggest adding local honey & lemon to your tea for their added benefits as well. Lemons contain antioxidants & liminoids, which reduce the risk of cancer. Make sure to buy high-quality honey as it's packed with antioxidants, & purchasing honey that's made in your environment can help with seasonal allergies, plus, you're supporting local business!
With my morning tea, I'll get some Elderberry (Sambucus) into my system - either through a tincture, capsule, or syrup. Elderberry is known to be filled with vitamins & antioxidants that fight inflammation & boost your immune system. I've used both Nature's Answer & Quantum Health.
Next, I'll have my JuicePlus+ chewables (Fruit Blend, Berry Blend, + Veggie Blend), which are packed with micronutrients that your body needs on a daily basis. I take these every single day, so this is nothing new for me, but it could be a great idea, especially if you're lacking fruits + veggies, which most of us in the USA are.
And, that's my morning!
Throughout the day, I will sneak in a Vitamin C packet or two, whether this be in the form of Nuun Immunity, Airborne, Emergen-C, what have you. I also try to boost my electrolytes by consuming an organic coconut water, or grabbing a mineral water** & adding a little lime & Himalayan sea salt. Limes are high in Vitamin C & anti-inflammatory, while the sea salt adds in those electrolytes.
When my day comes to an end, I wind down with another cup of tea with a dash of honey & lemon wedge. I try to de-stress allowing my immune system to settle, whether that be through an Epsom salt bath, meditation, yoga, a good book, or a great movie. Find what luxuries help you de-stress & utilize them in your daily routine.
I am in no way telling you to go out there & purchase all of these herbal remedies, I simply wanted to share what works for me, in hopes that some of these tips might be able to help a few folks. Please comment with any health hacks that work for you! The more we help each other, the more likely we can all defeat this bug. Stay healthy & happy, my friends!
When I'm feeling really crummy, or on high alert as most of us are with the Coronavirus, I add a little extra into my immune-boosting daily routine via Wishgarden. My products of choice from their array of herbal remedies are the Kick-Ass Immune Activator & Deep Lung & Bronchial Support.
Avoid alcohol, sugar, & caffeine as consuming these foods can deplete your immune system.
*Trader Joe's sells a giant jug of unsweetened aloe juice for about $12, I believe.
**I go with Topo Chico sparkling mineral water as it's full of minerals: potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, & sodium.