Updated: Aug 14, 2020
#1 Wash Your Hands
Let's face it, some people could use better hygiene habits and since we don't always know who could benefit from a bit more soap in their lives, we can make sure that we give our hands a good 20 second lathering (get under those fingernails!). If you share a restroom with coworkers, keep some disinfecting wipes nearby for doorknobs, basin and toilet handles, trashcan lids, etc. I like Seventh Generation wipes that use thyme oil instead of harsh chemicals.
#2 Take Your Vitamins and Herbal Remedies
Vitamin C, vitamin D, echinacea, and elderberry syrup help to build up your immunity. (Thanks, Dr. Colette Hayes, for the reminder). Vitamin C has been proven effective against viruses that cause respiratory illness. For example, one study found elderly patients that were given 200 mgs of vitamin C per day while hospitalized for acute respiratory infection did much better than those who received a placebo.
A low vitamin D level will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections. If you can't get your levels up from the sun, take a supplement.
Echinacea contains a compound called echinacein, which can help against bacterial and viral infections besides its numerous other benefits. Studies have proven echinacea's antimicrobial properties and positive effect on the immune system.
Elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their ability to fight the flu, support the immune system and relieve colds. In one study, researchers found compounds in the elderberry could directly inhibit the flu virus’s entrance into cells and subsequent replication.
#3 Eat a Healthy Diet, Exercise and Get Plenty of Sleep
These are just good for you in general but particularly when trying to boost your immunity. Cut back on the sugar, eat lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Drink lots of water. Get out in nature and walk or do some yoga. Most importantly, be sure you're getting a decent night's sleep. Nothing is more restorative than sleep.
You knew I was going to throw in a little daily meditation, right? Five minutes of deep breathing or ten if you can. Spend those minutes focused on your breath or a mantra like "I am grateful for my happy, healthy life".
Okay, that's it. Try not to get sucked into the negativity and fear-based thinking.
Peace and love,