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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 system. PopSugar Fitness is one of our favourite sites for at-home workouts if you need inspiration.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.