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How to Help Boost Your Immune System to Keep Healthy

It’s that time of year when everyone around me seems to be getting sick. Whether it’s the 100-day cough, RSV, the flu, or the stomach bug…some sort of illness is lurking around every corner. I hate being sick and find it so much harder to recover these days, so I’m doing everything I can to avoid coming down with something. While I’m not a doctor, I think there are lots of things we can do at home to boost our immune systems.

Please note that this post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis of any kind. I’m not suggesting what you should take, and I encourage you to always check with your physician before adding anything to your regime.

I recently shared a complete list of vitamins and supplements that I take in this blog post.

I also take 1,000 MG of this Solgar Vitamin C morning and night to help support my immune system during cold and flu season. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the cells from free-radical damage. With everything out there these days, we’d all be in big trouble without a strong immune system!

My physician also recommended I take this Country Life Chelate Zinc to support my health.

Getting Enough Sleep

A good night’s sleep is never easy for me, but I know the more rest I get, the less likely I am to get sick. I keep my bedroom cool, have these linen blackout drapes, and listen to white noise on the Calm app to block out random sounds that could wake me up. I also find that keeping to a semi-regular bedtime schedule helps me get a better night’s rest.

I bought myself an Oura ring for Christmas, which helps track my sleep, heart rate, stress levels, and activity. I’m finding it super helpful in so many other ways, which I’ll share soon.

Foods to Eat to Boost Your Immune System

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A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is your first line of defense in boosting immunity. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. I try to eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies to get as many different nutrients as possible.

Other foods that boost the immune system include:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Red bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Spinach
  • Yogurt
  • Almonds
HYDRO FLASK

Staying well-hydrated is crucial for overall health and immune function. Water helps in the proper functioning of cells and organs, including those of the immune system. Plus, my skin never looks better than when I am putting in a conscious effort to consume enough liquids! Here are some fluids you can drink to stay hydrated:

  • Honey and lemon
  • Almond milk (with B12)
  • Infused water
  • Boosted smoothies
  • Ginger tea
  • Probiotic/fermented drinks like kefir and kombucha
  • Broth

Products I Use and Love

Canopy Bedside Humidifier

I ordered this humidifier because it has smart sensors that keep it running until the unit is completely dry inside. That means there’s no water left behind for mold to grow in. I also love that the parts are all dishwasher-safe. They also have this larger model, which covers a bigger area.

This humidifier works differently than others. After you fill the tank, the water flows into the tray, where it is treated by passing through UV light. The water then goes through a paper (replaceable) filter. Then it’s evaporated by the fan, so clean, hydrated air is dispensed invisibly.

Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid

I’ve sworn by this Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid for years and believe it makes a huge difference if I feel like I’m coming down with something. I take several droppers throughout the day…probably more than they suggest, but it always shortens whatever I’m getting.

While I haven’t tried these products, they come highly recommended, and I’m intrigued. They’re a mix of immune-boosting products and things you can use if you feel a bit under the weather.

Bee Propolis Throat Spray Natural Throat Relief and Immune Support

Whether you need relief from a scratchy throat or want to bolster your immune defenses, this daily throat spray offers a convenient solution for overall throat health. It contains bee propolis, a substance known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as honey and herbal extracts.

Yogi Tea Elderberry Lemon Stress & Immune Support Tea – 16 Tea Bags, 4 Packs – With Ashwagandha, Lemongrass, Licorice Root & More

This Yogi Tea Elderberry Lemon Stress & Immune Support Tea features a harmonious mix of ingredients, including elderberry, ashwagandha, lemongrass, and licorice root, providing a comforting and immune-boosting tea that’s perfect for relaxation and well-being.

Nature’s Way Umcka ColdCare

I was trying to prevent a cold last year, and an AWSL reader, Hilary, shared about this product. She says, “I use Umcka at the first sign of a cold. The active ingredient is Pelargonium, and it always shortens the duration of a cold or even stops the symptoms from developing. I dissolve the powder in hot water and drink it.”

Navy KN95 Masks

I hate to think that wearing a mask when traveling has become a political issue, but it has. Some people go absolutely postal when they see me wearing one. I urge you to do what works for your health and let other women do the same. I wear these low-profile Evolve Together KN95 masks when I fly. They’re comfier than my big, cumbersome ones! No, they’re not an N95, but I like them, plus they come in black and khaki.

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