All it takes are a few lifestyle tweaks!
Who hasn’t received that forwarded message about a doctor lauding the benefits of garlic water? Maybe your mom also sent you a bottle of Vitamin D3? Most likely even you have been reminding family members to gargle warm water with salt after coming back from a grocery run. Many of us have been taking measures to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy. Besides using masks, face shields, and washing our hands frequently, there’s another way we can protect ourselves, and that’s by boosting our immune system.
Here are four super ways to kickstart your immune system:
1. Eat Healthy
It’s time to go back to the basics: Revisit your go, grow, and glow chart and focus on natural foods. Stay away from processed edibles, and chow on fruits, vegetables, and lean meat.
Superfoods to include in your daily diet:
Probiotics and Prebiotics. Probiotics are microorganisms that keep your gut in tiptop shape, while prebiotics serve as food for the probiotics. You can’t have a healthy gut without both, so it’s best to stock up on fermented foods such as yogurt, kimchi, and kombucha for your probiotics, and wheat, oats, and bananas for your prebiotics. Young Living’s Life 9 probiotic supplement is a combination of 9 friendly bacteria strains that are essential to support a healthy gut. For your little ones, try Kidscents MightyPro, a probiotic + prebiotic supplement that’s formulated with Ningxia wolfberry fiber, a naturally occurring prebiotic.
Vitamins. Load up on Vitamin A with eggs and milk, Vitamin C with oranges and tomatoes, Vitamin E with almonds, Vitamin B-6 with sunflower seeds and chicken, and Vitamin D with yogurt.
Garlic. That doctor was on to something with all his praises for garlic. A single garlic clove has calcium, potassium, and sulfuric compounds that can get rid of bacteria and infection. Honey fermented garlic is the perfect example of food as medicine. This fermentation recipe is good to have on hand as it helps boost your immunity.
Honey Fermented Garlic Recipe
- Fill a jar with peeled garlic, about 3/4 full.
- Pour some raw honey to cover it. Ensure the garlic cloves are evenly coated with raw honey so it will ferment evenly.
- As your honey garlic is fermenting, turn the jar upside down a few times and open the jar just a little bit to let the gasses out. Over time, your honey will absorb moisture from the garlic, and thin out. The bubbles will subside, and the garlic will start to sink more and float less.
- There is no correct amount of time to ferment your honey garlic. Once the active bubbly stage is done you may begin using your honey garlic.
2. Tweak Your Lifestyle
Get quality sleep. Short, shallow bouts of slumber have little benefit. Many of us know that sleeping for seven to eight hours is a must, but the National Sleep Foundation has included these following points for quality sleep:
· Falling asleep in 30 minutes or less
· Waking up no more than once per night
· Being awake for 20 minutes or less after initially falling asleep
Make sure to fulfill all of them for a good night’s sleep! Diffusing Lavender 30 minutes before bedtime will also help you sleep better.
Exercise. Moving your body can help ward off diseases. Exercise improves cardiovascular health and circulation, giving free reign to substances of the immune system to go around your body. Got tired muscles after? Panaway will help soothe them.
3. Maintain a Positive Outlook
Experts who specialize in psychoneuroimmunology have found out that one’s state of mind affects one’s state of health. So if you’re feeling down, stressed, or anxious, try to find ways to lift yourself out of the doldrums. Reach out to family and friends, look for supportive people who will encourage you to keep healthy. Learn a new hobby—you’ll find yourself looking forward to it every day, you won’t have the time to entertain negative thoughts! Stress Away could really help ease your anxiety.
4. Use Thieves
This popular essential oil is a combination of powerhouse essential oils. It’s perfect for taking internally as a food supplement or adding to foods and drinks for its wonderful flavor. Thieves purifies the air, keeping it free from bacteria and germs. Rub it on the soles of your feet and gargle one drop of Thieves in eight ounces of water and a pinch of salt for immune and respiratory support.
I hope these easy-to-do tips help improve your immunity.
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