Boost Immunity While At Home
20 Ways to Boost Your Immunity at Home
By: Pura | March 28, 2020

Many of us are at home right now, sanitizing our hands every other minute, hopefully reaching out to loved ones, and trying to navigate our new normal for now. Whether you’re at home or working somewhere, keeping our immune systems strong is a priority. So, why not get into some new habits of supporting your immunity? Here are 20 ways you can boost your immunity right now from home.

 

1. Incorporate Adaptagens Into Your Snacks And Meals

 

Who doesn’t love the addition of herbs into soups, saute’s, sauces, and toast? We’ve written before that adaptogens ‘are found in a variety of herbs and plants including Asian Ginsing, Rosemary, Ashwagandha, Aloe Vera, Licorice Root, and Maca Root.’ But the reason we’re so obsessed with these herbs is that they have powerful components that support our immune system, mental health, and even extend our lives!

 

2. Sip Some Green Tea

 

One of our very first blog posts was all about all the truly astounding health benefits of green tea. It’s rich in antioxidants, can assist with weight loss, fight heart disease, help ward off cancer, regulate glucose levels, improve brain function, soothes anxiety, helps keep diseases like Parkinson’s at bay, is good for your gut….AND MORE. Green tea truly is a superfood if there ever was one. Plus, it helps boost our immune system. However to really take advantage of all these benefits you need to be drinking a number of cups a day. So make a big pot and keep sipping all day!

 

3. Add Probiotics Into Your Diet

 

We’ll take any excuse to eat more sauerkraut. Not only are fermented foods fantastic for your gut health because they help you digest nutrients but they’ve also been shown to help support your immune system.

And if you’re looking for a list of probiotic-rich foods, we’ve got you covered here.

 

4. Take a Nap

 

You’re preaching to the choir here, we’re a big fan of a daytime siesta so if we need to take one for our immune system, then sign us up. Making sure you get enough zzz’s is a good idea for keeping anxiety at bay, ensuring you’re not reaching for too much caffeine, and keeping your immune system strong.

 

5. Exercise

 

We never thought we’d say this, but we miss the gym. Even those youths flex posing in front of the mirror. But our body is definitely missing it too, so it’s no surprise that moving your body and getting your blood pumping is good for your immune systemPopSugar Fitness is one of our favourite sites for at-home workouts if you need inspiration.

 

6. Snack on Some Garlic

 

Never snacked on raw garlic before? It’s time you gave it a try in the name of your health. It’s been shown to kill parasites in the body as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Not sure you can stomach chewing on a raw garlic clove? Try adding garlic to home-made dressings.

 

7. Keep Washing Your Hands

 

Have you been told to wash your hands so often that it’s beginning to lose its meaning? Let’s remind ourselves that the science does show that washing your hands helps prevent the spread of pathogens and protects us against respiratory illnesses (like the flu). So make regular hand-washing a part of your life.

 

8. Cut Back on Alcohol

 

There are studies that show that a glass of red wine can be good for your heart but when it comes to anxiety one the best things you can do is cut back or cut out alcohol. It also affects our immune system so if you’re staying inside, passing the time with a bottle of wine may not be the best idea. May we suggest kombucha instead?

 

9. Get Your Vitamin C

 

There’s a reason we all reach for Vitamin C supplements during flu season, it’s because it’s an antioxidant that boosts the defenses of our immune system. Plus, it supports healthy skin, heart health, and prevents anemia (because it allows our bodies to absorb iron).

 

10. Meditate

 

We’ve talked about the many benefits of meditating before, and you can add ‘boosting our immune systems’ to the long list of perks by adding increasing the presence of antibodies in our body.

 

11. Think Positively

 

It’s totally understandable to be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and fearful right now but there’s good reason to think positively and focus on the good things in our lives. Positive thinking has been shown to boost our immune system!

 

12. Eat Your Veggies

 

Is there a question where the answer isn’t dark, green, leafy veggies? Cruciferous vegetables have compounds that support our immune system and help us keep infection and disease at bay.

 

13. Eat Your Algae

 

Superfoods like chlorella and spirulina are nutritionally dense antioxidants that support our immune systems. Need some inspiration on how to eat spirulina? We’ve got you covered here.

 

14. Find Something to Make You Laugh

 

The science behind it is a bit technical but the conclusion is that laughter is good for you and your immune system. So next time you are caught watching your favourite reality show, remind your loved ones you’re doing it for your immune system.

 

15. Oregano Oil

 

Have you ever mentioned any kind of ailment around a group of people? Inevitably, someone will offer you oregano oil. It’s known for warding off infections and boosting your immune system, so call up your new-age friend and have them send you a package so you can start to add it to everything from your pizzas to dressings.

 

16. Find Some Sunshine

 

Getting that natural Vitamin D isn’t as easy as it used to be but if you have a patio or are able to take a walk outside, go soak in some sunshine. The combination of Vitamin D, fresh air, and hopefully a bit of nature has been shown to support our immunity and mental health.

 

17. Snack on Ginseng

 

Ginseng has been used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine and studies have shown that it improves our immune system and lowers our chances of getting a cold of the flu.

 

18. Eat Your Avocado

 

We’re a bit nutty when it comes to avocados, we even wrote an entire blog post on how much we love these beautiful green babies. So, of course, the ‘good fats’ in avocados are worth eating because they support a strong immune system! Plus they’ve shown potential to fight off oral cancer– not a bad side perk!

 

19. Create a Playlist

 

Now, this is one of the most fun ways to boost your immunity, create a playlist for while you’re doing chores, hanging out, or for your next dance party! It’s true, the research shows that listening to music can boost your immune system.

 

20. Eat Organic

 

Our produce options may not be as diverse as they usually are, but reaching for organic over conventional could be beneficial for our immune system. Studies have shown that organic produce has more diverse bacteria which is good for our immune system (and you’ll get the most benefits by eating those veggies raw).

 

Looking for more healthy content? Read our post on keeping healthy while self-distancing.


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