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
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
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
Products I Use and Love
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.
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.
Recommended Products from Others
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.
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.
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.”
Colds and allergy flare-ups are sometimes inevitable, so it’s important to have the proper tools on hand to help alleviate symptoms. I like using this Simply Saline nasal mist to help clear my congestion and moisturize my nose. If you prefer a more natural option, this one has great reviews.
For wiping and blowing your nose, these wipes are made with saline and are both gentle and effective without drying out your face or nose. If you prefer a dry tissue or you don’t want to risk wiping off your makeup or skincare products, try these instead.
Formulated with Ricola’s signature blend of natural herbs, these throat drops provide fast and soothing relief from coughs and scratchy throats. They are perfect for on-the-go use and are a wonderful choice for anyone seeking relief from coughs and throat discomfort. I thought these caramel throat balm drops were interesting as well.
If you aren’t a fan of Ricola, I’ve heard lots of great things about these organic Manuka Honey drops from Wedderspoon. They combine honey with the zesty flavor of lemon and the immune-boosting properties of bee propolis to provide a soothing and effective solution for throat discomfort.
Most of us know that shower steam is a great tool to aid with head congestion. These eucalyptus-infused shower steamers from The Herbal Zen make that steam even more effective by releasing refreshing vapors that help you to breathe better and kick head congestion quickly.
I ordered these swabs after a reader shared them with me, and I have used them on all of my recent trips. You swab your nose with one of the included cotton swabs to safely decrease germs for up to 12 hours.
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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What products do you use, and what things do you do to improve your own immunity?