Getting sick is awful! It disrupts your daily routine and affects every sphere of your life; hence the truth in the old adage – “prevention is the best medicine!” 

The following is a short list of ways you may not have thought of that can optimize your overall health and aid in the prevention of illness or lessen the severity and promote a speedy recovery in the unfortunate event a bug gets ya!

 

1. Acupuncture:

Don’t let your heebie jeebies about needles get to you! Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine meant to treat the body as a whole and stimulate natural healing powers by pushing tiny, sterile needles into various control points on the body. These control points allow qi (our body’s life energy) to flow freely through various pathways to promote optimal function and physical longevity. Pathways throughout your body can be obstructed due to any disruption in your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Although acupuncture is most commonly used to relieve pain, it is also popular in promoting overall wellness and regulating your immune system. It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to release immunity boosting cells which then travel to weak areas in the body to fend off illness. Regular acupuncture therapy may also help prevent or treat conditions like sinusitis, asthma, arthritis, allergies, colds, infections, hot flashes, fatigue, and much more! Search for professional clinics in your area. Some gyms and massage parlors also offer acupuncture services!

2. Rebounding:

You would think someone could have come up with a better term for this exercise, but I guess it’s the exercise, not the name that counts! Rebounding is a safe, easy, low impact exercise that can stimulate every cell in your body and all you have to do is jump on a mini trampoline! Fun, right?! Unlike many other forms of exercise, the repeated up and down motion of jumping gets your immune cells moving and specifically stimulates your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is made up of tissue and organs throughout your entire body! This complex system works tirelessly 24 hours a day to remove extra fluid (mostly lymph) surrounding tissues and organs to avoid swelling, replenish red blood cells, remove toxins, and produce adequate amounts of white blood cells to fight off illness and cancer. Whether you want to get a workout in or some deep breathing with gentle bounces, both will do the trick to jump start your lymphatic system for the day and also circulate oxygen to your tissues!

3. Epsom Salt Bath:

A detox bath with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is not only relaxing, but it’s also a great way to prevent and fight the common cold. It may even help with hormonal imbalances as one doctor explains here “magnesium is a foundational micronutrient for hormonal pathways” and magnesium deficiency may play a role in polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and hormone-related migraines. 

For an Epsom salt detox bath, run a bath of warm water and add 1 cup of Epsom salt along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender is particularly great for calming your nerves and even keeping eczema breakouts at bay. You can also add ground ginger to promote sweating to get rid of toxins or baking soda to alleviate dry skin and relieve constipation!

4. Juicing:

Healthy juicing is another way to keep your immune system working efficiently! Juicing may not provide the daily fiber you need, but it does provide a great boost of vitamins and minerals. Pack your juices with any combination of the following ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tomato
  • Kale 
  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Strawberry
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach 
  • Cucumber

Play around with ingredients to find tasty combinations you love! They contain powerful antioxidants and help reduce inflammation throughout your body. They are rich in minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, folic acid, and vitamins like A, B6, C, E, and K. Add ginger, turmeric, mint, quinoa, flax seeds, or chia seeds for additional health benefits!

Looking to get the most fiber for your buck? 

Just blend your desired ingredients together instead! Use Greek yogurt, organic milk, or your preferred non-dairy beverage as a base. If you are on the hunt for a healthy dessert beverage option, try Halo Top as your base – guilt-free! They offer a variety of dairy, dairy-free, and keto-friendly flavors!

5. Tea:

Tea – green or black, is not only the cheapest beverage to drink next to water, but can potentially prevent the threat of several illnesses, diseases, and cancers. Herbal teas are also a popular choice to help prevent and treat the common cold and flu, relieve stress, nausea, headaches, cramps, constipation, reduce inflammation and cancer growth, and even promote metabolic and cardiovascular health! Research grows by the year about the various benefits different types of tea can offer, but don’t get overwhelmed by all of the options – any tea is better than no tea! Just mix it up throughout the week to reap as many benefits as possible. 

If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a snapshot of a few different kinds of tea and health perks each can provide:

  1. White tea: from the moment you take a sip, this tea starts to fight the build-up of pesky plaque and helps to neutralize the threat of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and cancer-causing cells as it makes way throughout the rest of your body, 
  2. Chamomile: relieve your day’s stress and anxiety with this bacteria fighting sleep aid.
  3. Hibiscus: curb unhealthy cravings and help your liver detox your body with this tea.
  4. Ginger tea: naturally relieve a dull headache and congestion from the common cold or seasonal allergies. 
  5. Chrysanthemum tea: rich in Vitamin C and B vitamins to boost immunity and ward off illness.
  6. Green tea: protective against the good ol’ flu and inhibits cancer activity. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and reduce blood clotting.
  7. Black tea: your go-to caffeine bump and inflammation fighter – inside and out! This tea supports a healthy immune system AND acts as a great go-to treatment for skin abrasions and rashes to relieve pain and swelling! Apply steamed and cooled black tea leaves to the skin or take a black tea bath to ease your skin issues.
  8. Oolong tea: fire up your metabolism, reduce inflammation, and help prevent the spread of cancer with Oolong. This tea is also particularly high in l-theanine, which may help prevent the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Something to keep in mind when selecting your teas – the caffeine content! Choose caffeine-free options starting in the afternoon to avoid trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.

Each of these natural remedies are beneficial to your health, no matter what the status is of your immune system! However, whether your current focus is on promoting your overall health and wellness or preventing/treating a specific illness or disease, having and maintaining a strong immune system in a variety of ways is key.

Once you have built-up and actively support your immune system on the daily, using natural remedies like the ones mentioned above will do that much more to help prevent and treat those nasty bugs and diseases!

Check out my Immune Boosting Protocol for an immediate boost and year-round support if you’re looking for ways to build and maintain a strong foundation for your immune system!

If you would like to learn more about strengthening your immune system, click here for a consult so we can get you back on track.


Yours in health and wellness,

Lindsay Pennington

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