The stress of the holidays (and stress in general) can weaken your immune system. Here are some all natural, DIY immune boosting tips sure to help keep that pep in your step!
- Smile and laugh: Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, which improves your resistance to disease, viruses and bacteria.
- Eat more garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds that have huge antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties. We also suggest keeping some breath mints handy to defuse the after effects of eating more garlic.
- Get plenty of natural vitamin C: Unfortunately, research has shown that beefing up on synthetic Vitamin C supplements has little effect on the immune system. Natural vitamin C, however, found in citrus fruits and red peppers, has been found to have immune boosting properties. Click here for an immune boosting juice recipe
- Take an Elderberry supplement: Available as a syrup, tincture and capsules, elderberry can greatly reduce the risk of picking up a cold while traveling. A study done in the journal, Nutrients, looked at 312 airline passengers, half of whom started taking elderberry 10 days before travel and 4 days after arrival. Those on the elderberry extract had significantly fewer colds than the placebo passengers. Those taking elderberry that did come down with a cold recovered much faster than the placebo group.
- Incorporate Coconut oil into your daily routine: Lauric acid, one of the key components in coconut oil likes to dissolve the lipid barriers of harmful viruses and bacteria. Be sure to use a solid form of coconut oil as the liquid oils now available do not contain lauric acid. You can add coconut oil into your cooking and smoothies or use it externally (as a lotion to create a barrier on your skin or inside the nose to prevent nose bleeds and add layer of protection for the mucous membrane).