As the weather starts to get colder and we move towards Fall (even though it’s currently 90° in LA *eye-roll*), it’s time that we check in with our immune system. With flu season getting worse every year, and Covid on top of that, we’re NOT messing around this year. It’s so important that we take care of our immune system before we get sick so we can avoid that annoying downtime and the beat flu season every year!
There’s so much you can do to help boost your immune system, and that goes beyond taking a million pills a day. I’m not saying that’s not effective- it definitely is. For the best supplements to boost your immunity, check out this post.
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Today we’re talking major immune hacks that don’t involve pill-popping. As a holistic health coach, I personally believe that if we keep our minds, bodies, and spirits strong we will have a much more effective immune system. I realize that currently there are a lot of hacks that are a little out there for daily life, so I made this easy to follow yet extremely effective list of immunity boosters.
Immune-Boosting Life Hacks:
The lymph system plays a huge role in your immune health. It’s one of the two major circulatory systems in your body. This system is in charge of draining waste, dead blood cells, toxins, pathogens, and even cancer cells. It’s important that the lymph system is working properly, otherwise this debris can pile up and create the perfect spot for bacteria to breed. Gross.
So, how can we keep our lymph system on point?
~ Sweating: Exercise, saunas, and even laying out in the sun (WITH SUNSCREEN) will all help boost lymphatic drainage.
~ Dry Brushing: I love dry brushing. It makes your skin glowy and soft, gives you a boost of energy, and promotes lymphatic drainage. A win-win-win. I use this one!
~ Massage: Getting massages can help improve your immune system? Don’t have to tell me twice! A massage is the perfect way to improve lymph flow. Don’t want to fork out $70-$100 a month? Foam rolling will also do the trick!
Thieves Oil is one of the biggest hacks for immunity. This mix has been around for CENTURIES. Crazy, right? You can consume it, use it to heal wounds, and diffuse it!
Diffusing this oil is a major way to purify the air. Also, it will make your house smell like cinnamon. Just in time for Fall, baby! More importantly, a study concluded that the aerosol use of Thieves Oil significantly reduced the number of aerosol-borne bacteria as well as airborne black mold.
Experience this miracle oil for yourself here.
Lower Your Damn Cortisol
I cannot stress this enough (and I often discuss this in my health coaching sessions): having high cortisol will seriously mess you up. You can literally stress yourself out so much that you weaken your immune system! Here are some ways to lower cortisol and boost your immune system.
~ Meditation: This isn’t for everyone, but I will say the more you practice meditation, the more you will love it! Even just a quick 10 minute guided meditation 3-5 times a week can seriously improve your zen.
~ Gratitude Journaling: Taking an extra five minutes a day to write down everything that you’re grateful for is proven to boost your mood, and help you live a happier life. Give it a try for a week and notice what a difference you feel!
~ Breathwork: That’s right. Breathwork can actually help strengthen your immune system. How? Breathwork lowers both cortisol levels and blood pressure, improves blood flow, and more! One of the most beneficial breathing methods is Wim Hof. (Tutorial here)
Get More Sleep
This can be annoying to hear, but it’s so necessary. Getting the proper amount of sleep is absolutely vital to having a strong immune system. Here are some ways that you can improve your sleeping game.
~ Shrooms: Mushrooms, baby! Reishi mushrooms, to be specific. If falling asleep is a major struggle, this mushroom hot cocoa will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Seriously. You’ll knock out. And don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms at all.
~ Brain FM: This app is a game-changer. I notice I sleep a lot deeper and longer when I use it. This sleep sounds app works by playing sound waves that ‘trick’ your brain into thinking it’s more tired than it actually is. I recommend this if you’re a light sleeper, or tend to wake up a lot throughout the night.
~ Blue Light Blockers: Who doesn’t love cute glasses that are good for your brain? Blue Light Blocking Glasses are necessary if you’re someone who is on their phone or watching TV at night. Blue light from your screens stops the body’s production of melatonin (the sleep hormone). Using these glasses when you’re on your screens helps eliminate this and sets you up for a night of great sleep!
Foods for a Strong Immune System
~ Bone Broth (a cup a day keeps the doctor away- and heals your gut!)
~ Raw Honey/ Bee Pollen/ Royal Jelly (I like to add bee pollen on top of my smoothies!)
~ Mushrooms (full of Vitamin D- try this defense powder in your smoothies)
~ Fermented foods (kimchi, kombucha, miso, pickles, yogurt, sourdough bread)
~ Elderberry (try drinking a quality tea for easy + tasty immune support)
There you have it, my babies! Some of my favorite tricks for creating a fool-proof immune system. If you incorporate these methods into your daily life, I promise that you will feel a HUGE difference. Hold yourself accountable and invest in your health, it’s SO important! Let me know below, what are your favorite hacks for staying healthy?