In taking a holistic approach, you can be garnered with effective ways to boost your immune system.
This is all about taking preemptive damage control for self-sustainability. The ways of being reactive are over if you take proper precautions to strengthen yourself from the inside out.
What this is not about is instant gratification. Your immune system takes time to rebuild itself. Especially, if your immune system has been compromised from years of abuse.
However, with just a few minutes of TLC per day towards your body, you will see the results fairly quickly. I can’t guarantee that in a certain amount of time you’ll feel better because we’re all individuals. Therefore, each body will require different lengths of time.
Your immune system is so important for your overall well-being because it’s what helps your body to function properly, have energy, and will prevent illnesses if you are proactive. Yes, those nasty viruses that float around will make you less susceptible to them if your body is acting as a fortress against harmful bacteria.
Not to mention, when you’re feeling vibrant, you’re more willing to tackle your to do list because your body is feeling at its best. When your body feels amazing, your morale is at an all time high, ready and willing to conquer the world.
Look out for your body because it looks out for you on a daily basis. Cherish the one and only body that you will have in this life. Love yourself by boosting your immune system.
Use these holistic approaches to battle the harshness of environmental toxins and strengthen your body from the inside out.
Let’s get started with the ten ways to strengthen your immune system, shall we?
1. Deep breathing
A healthy immune system starts with proper breathing. The more conscious you are of the breaths you take, the stronger your lungs become.
Because we’re only using about 70% of our lungs, we’re taking about 20,000 breaths per day (source).
Through deep breathing exercises, you increase your lungs capacity, reducing the number of breaths per day. Being more mindful to breathing will put much less stress and pressure on your lungs.
Inevitably, making you less prone to respiratory illnesses and viruses.
All you need is about a few minutes a day to start with and then you can increase the amount each day as you get more acclimated to deep breathing. It really isn’t time consuming and is so beneficial for you.
Deep breathe your way to better health and strengthen your internal body in the process.
2. Boost your immune system with hydration
Water is a necessity to live so it goes without saying that you need to keep your body hydrated if you want to boost your immune system.
As we age, our bodies start to lose water so it’s important to aid our bodies as best as we can to keep it youthful and strong. And, water is responsible for glowing skin because it helps your body to flush out toxins, so you might as well give it a shot.
The amount of water someone needs varies from person to person, so listen to what your body is telling you. If you’re feeling parched drinking eight glasses of water a day, drink more. If you’re body is feeling hydrated with eight glasses of water a day, keep it at that.
Also, different climates will require different amounts of water. When I moved from NYC to Santa Fe, I had to increase my water intake by about 30% because of the arid climate.
Lack of water is also usually the culprit behind hunger. The brain doesn’t differentiate between hunger and thirst so we automatically reach for food thinking we’re hungry. Drink a glass of water next time you think you’re hungry and wait five minutes. If you’re no longer feeling famished, it’s because your body needs hydration and not food.
You can also give your water an extra dose of potency by adding apple cider vinegar and lemon to it first thing in the morning. It’s a great detoxifier and will give you the much needed hydration after a night of sleep.
Something so simple as drinking a glass of water before your morning caffeine will boost your immune system and increase your energy levels.
3. Get out in the sun
The sun is the ultimate force of vitality. Not only is getting out in the sun an awesome way to boost your immune system, studies have shown that the sun increases serotonin levels (source).
Viruses hate the sun so getting your daily dose of the sun’s energies will help to keep the bacteria away.
If the weather is nice where you are, take your lunch break outside. If you don’t have much time to spare, get outside for at least ten minutes. You’ll feel so much better when you do.
Take a walk to work if you can. If you drive, park a little further away so you can soak up the rays on your way into the office.
This is such an easy, effective, and free way to strengthen your body from the inside out so give it a try.
4. Move your body
Your immune system is reliant on the movements of your body to remain healthy. Treat it with love and respect by nourishing your immune system with exercise.
Even if you only have 15 minutes to spare per day, it’s better than nothing. Go for a walk, do some yoga, get a morning or evening jog in, use some light weights.
Whatever it is, give your body and immune system a boost by getting your blood flowing and releasing toxins.
If strengthening your immune system isn’t motivation enough, you’ll get more radiant skin, increase your confidence, give you more energy, amongst a myriad of other benefits.
Thank your body and immune system by giving it some love.
5. Dry body brushing
Dry body brushing has been around for thousands of years and is truly the holy grail of insanely smooth skin.
By massaging a body brush in circular motions on dry skin, it increases blood circulation, improves digestion, exfoliates your skin, and promotes lymphatic drainage.
The skin, the largest organ of the body, is often forgotten about, other than slathering on some moisturizer and sunscreen. It takes more to replenish your skin from the inside out.
A body brush can be your cure to your skin concerns, including boosting your immune system. If your insides aren’t functioning at their fullest potential, then your skin can’t possibly look good.
Your skin is the mirror for what your inside looks like. So if your immune system isn’t performing at its best, your skin will show the results of it.
Brushing your body releases all of the toxins accumulated in your body through the skin and it’s super easy to do.
You can dry body brush right before you go into the shower or even at nights before you go to bed. All you need is a few minutes a day to keep the viruses away.
6. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is just so awesome when it comes to strengthening your immune system, amongst other concerns.
You can use it on your face as a toner or mask, use it in your hair to increase shine, and take a shot every morning to have a healthy gut.
All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with warm water along with half a lemon and drink it first thing every morning. What it does is lubricate and hydrate your body after going an entire night without any liquids.
It also acts as a detoxifier by getting your digestive system on track by removing all the waste that’s been built up. The more you clean the insides, the stronger your immune system gets.
Apple cider vinegar is incredibly affordable and if you’re drinking warm water every morning anyway, you might as well just add it to give your immune system an extra jolt.
7. Get adequate sleep
If you’re not sleeping between 6-8 hours per night, you’re compromising your immune system.
When you have a hectic life, the first thing that you tend to give up is sleep. But, it’s the last thing that can be forsaken if you want a healthy immune system.
Your body needs sleep because in those hours, your body is still hard at work to detoxify all the waste that has been going into your body during the day. If you sacrifice sleep for work, your body doesn’t get the proper chance to work its magic to keep you healthy.
Get the sleep you need so you can remain healthy and vibrant.
8. Oil pulling
Like dry body brushing, oil pulling has been around for thousands of years and is amazing for removing all the harmful toxins and bacteria that are in our bodies.
Our bodies are working 24/7 for us. When we sleep, we’re detoxing, but the toxins and bacteria get harbored in our mouths with no escape route, other than brushing our teeth, flossing, and using a mouth rinse.
This is where you can up the ante on your oral hygiene and overall health.
To do this, you’ll need:
- 1 tbsp. liquid coconut oil (it has to be in its liquid form because you can get sick if it’s in solid form)
- Trash can
You can place your jar of coconut oil in a warm water bath and once it’s become liquid, pour a tablespoon into your mouth for about 10-20 minutes, gently swishing around as you wood with mouthwash.
Because it takes quite a bit of your time, kill two birds with one stone and do this while you’re in the shower.
Don’t swallow the oil because you’ll only be ingesting any of the toxins that you’re removing.
Also don’t spit the oil out when you’re in the shower. Spit it into a trash can lined with a bag. Spitting the oil down the drain will clog your pipes.
Oil pulling is exactly as it sounds. The oil is literally pulling the bacteria and toxins away from your mouth. When all of that comes out, your immune system will get stronger, which decreases your chances of contracting a virus.
9. Eat healthy
I’m certainly not saying that you have to forego everything you love for good, because I certainly love to indulge in cookies and donuts once in a while. But, you do have to be conscientious about what you put into your body.
Do you feel better after you eat greens or a cake? It’s definitely the former. You feel better because your body is thanking you for providing it with nutrition rather than junk.
Refined sugars make your body work harder whereas greens are easier and more gentle on your body.
I’m sure you would much prefer to work smarter and not harder, so apply the same concept to your body. Your body wants to work smarter and not harder too. It’s not going to want extraneous work imposed upon itself when it’s absolutely unnecessary.
Which means that your internal organs are going to much prefer healthy alternatives to crappy processed foods. Even if you love junk food, cut it out one a day a week or even one meal a day to start with and gradually build your way up towards nutritious eating.
10. Vitamins and supplements
I know that this can be a hot button for some people because there’s all this talk about it not being FDA approved, blah, blah, blah.
Here’s the thing: there are vitamins and supplements on the market that are essential to how our bodies perform based on us already having these minerals within us. The more we age, the more we lose these nutrients.
So, I’m not advocating buying products that are harmful for our bodies. But to supplement our bodies by limiting the deficiencies we have for sustainability.
Also, if the FDA really had our best interest at heart, there would be a warning label on all junk food, (the same way they get tacked on for cigarettes and tobacco), that sugar is seven times more addictive than cocaine and eight times more addictive than heroin. But, that’s a whole other topic.
Vitamins and supplements also are not meant to be taken as an alternative to unhealthy eating. They’re meant to help us replenish what’s been lost as a result for aging in order to strengthen our immune system.
Because we’re all individuals with different nutrient requirements, you have to do your own research on what your body needs to keep it optimized.
You can use the following list of vitamins and supplements as a guideline that are great to boost your immune system:
- Garlic (not to be taken everyday)
- Turmeric (not to be taken everyday)
- Omega 3
- Digestive enzymes
Again, those are just some of the vitamins and supplements available for immune and overall health. Visit your local health food store and ask a nutritionist working there what they recommend.
I can tell you that even with yoga and meditation, my body started to feel at its best once I started to take vitamins and supplements. I also stopped getting sick when I started them and my energy levels increased immensely.
If you start a routine with vitamins and supplements, you can lower your susceptibility to a host of ailments that degrade your immune system.
11. Oil your orifices
This modality dates back thousands of years. I love the ancient ways because they’re so full of wisdom and ridiculously simple and safe.
Thousands of years ago, corporations didn’t run any nations. So no one had to worry about the products they put on their bodies or the food they ate. There were no modifications made to anything that could cause cancer.
But, viruses have always existed. Which meant that our ancestors had to find ingenious ways to keep the illnesses away.
One clever way was to put sesame oil or coconut oil in their nostrils and ears. Nowadays, we have cotton swabs which makes it much easier.
All you have to do is dip a clean cotton swab into the oil of your choice and line your ears and nostrils with it. Viruses enter through our orifices so when they’re lubricated with a protective barrier, such as oil, the viruses have a much lesser chance of entering your body.
This super simple tip takes about a minute of your time so even if you feel that you’re always on a time crunch, well, now you have a hack to help protect yourself.
There you have it…ten ways to boost your immune system. Take care of your body now so that you don’t have to do damage control in the future.
I know that you may not want to think about ten years down the road, but if you boost your immune system starting right now, you’ll also have increased energy levels immediately.
How do you stay healthy to keep the ailments away? Let me know in the comments below.
Be sure to share this with anyone that can benefit from it.
See ya soon.
In the meantime, stay zenspired!
Want oodles of self-care tips? Then check out this FREE 30 days of self-care guide.