Every year, cold and flu season has a way of creeping on me when I least expect it. Whether I like it or not, I blink and suddenly it’s time to stock up on Kleenex, herbal tea, and throat lozenges again.
Well, this year…I plan to beat the nasty cold/flu season by using some simple natural steps to boost my immunity and decrease my risk of getting sick this time around. Yep, I am going to do my best to beat the cold and flu season by strengthening my immune system naturally!
And… if you’re like me, it’s always a good time to start being more proactive about your health, wellness, and immunity.
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Here are 5 tips to help keep you healthy and well this cold and flu season.
To optimize health, you and your family really need to get a full nights sleep. Research has shown that the lack of sleep suppresses your immune system and reduces your body’s ability to fight and prevent infection. Basically, if you don’t sleep well your immunity suffers.
Don’t starve your body of its necessary rest and then expect your body function to its fullest capacity. Give your body time to rest and recharge.
Mayo Clinic recommends 7-8 hours of sleep a night to keep your immunity strong.
You may not believe me, but research has shown that a happy demeanor and positive emotions can help you fight infections! I guess this means, my mom was right. Laughter really is the best medicine!
Psychology Today even recognizes that laughter may not be the VERY BEST medicine, but it’s a pretty good one to help when it comes to immunity.
My conclusion: If you want to be able to better fight off a cold……think happy thoughts and be sure to take time to laugh!
Here are a few excellent books about happiness and how to live happy:
Use Essential Oils
There are many essential oils known to help boost immunity and they can be used in many ways. Some people choose to diffuse oils in a home diffuser – while others will use them topically or take them orally as a supplement.
Multiple essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Geranium, Tea Tree, and Lavender, have been shown to have immune-boosting effects. You can read an article about this →here←.
Immunity boosting oils
(Taken from the Essential Oils Pocket Reference)
- Cinnamon Bark
- Tea tree
- Mountain Savory
- Immupower Blend (Young Living Blend of hyssop, mountain savory, cistus, camphor, frankincense, oregano, clove, cumin, and dorado azul essential oils)
- Thieves Blend (Young Living Blend of clove, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus essential oils)
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We all face stress. Every single day. It seems to me the more conveniences we have, the busier and crazier life becomes.
A recent study (→here←) shows that stress of any significant duration – from a few days to a few months or years – reduces ALL aspects of immunity.
A few ways I like to reduce stress –
- read an interesting book
- drink soothing tea and simply breathe
- talk a walk
- use calming stress-reducing essential oils (Lavender, Vetiver, Frankincense, Cedarwood oils)
- slow down and lighten a busy schedule (learn to say no when asked to do more)
- practice yoga
- take a hot calming bath with essential oils and Epsom salt
- pet a puppy/kitten at a local shelter
- get a massage
There is more to life than increasing its speed. -Mahatma Gandhi
Staying active and exercising regularly has been shown to have a protective effect on our body and it’s immune response. But, if you overdo it with repeated bouts of strenuous activity….it can be harmful to your immune system. Read more about this here.
What all of this means to me is – Be Smart. Don’t overdo it. Listen to your body and get out there and move it!
Let’s do our best to take care of ourselves and our families this cold/flu season.
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. — Joyce Meyer
Of course, this list is NOT all-inclusive and DOES NOT replace a medical evaluation.
A healthy well-rounded diet and adequate hydration are also very important to your bodies health and immunity.
I would love to read any additional tips/techniques you found to help your immune system stay strong year round!! Please share!!
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