- Morgan Carpenter
Here’s How to kickstart your Immune System
If you’re feeling under the weather, you’re likely looking to get rid of your symptoms as quickly as possible. Today, we’ll help you find some relief in a few simple immune-boosting hacks.
1. Go for the Gut
It may not be your first instinct, but boosting your gut health during this time can actually make a world of difference. Healthy gut microbes can actually help to boost your immune system, as well as to reduce inflammation overall (Stuffy nose anyone?) So, after your chicken noodle soup, take a second to give your gut some probiotics. If yogurt isn’t what you’re craving, why not try something fermented, like kimchi or unpasteurized sauerkraut?
2. Let some Air in
Did you know that the air inside your home can become even more polluted than the air outside? Keeping your air clean by opening up windows to allow for circulation, or even by running an air purifier can help to remove contaminants in your home, as well just decrease the sense of stuffiness that may worsen your cold symptoms. When your mom told you that getting some fresh air would help you feel better, she was on the right track.
3. Don’t skimp on Zinc
Most people remember to reach for an extra orange or vitamin C tablet when they’re unwell, but did you know that Zinc also plays a crucial role in shortening the duration of your cold? Lucky for you, there is a plethora of food high in zinc. Add an extra serving of spinach, pumpkin seeds, nuts, beans, or even oysters to your diet (if you’re feeling adventurous) to reap the rewards of this mineral.
.4. Hooray for Humidity
In addition to soothing any dry nasal passages, increasing your home’s humidity can actually make it more difficult for viruses to stay airborne. This will ease your discomfort, and may even protect those living in your home from catching your cold. Just remember to air things out every once in a while too.
5. Take it Easy
Now is a good time to laze around a bit and catch up on some Zzz’s. Sleep plays a vital role in regulating your immune system. One protein released during sleep is Cytokines, which help to boost your body’s ability to fight off infections. So, head to bed early and let your body’s natural defense system do the rest.
Remember that no matter how rough you feel, taking a few extra steps to bolster your immune system will get you back on your feet in no time. We’re rooting for you.