Updated: Oct 26, 2018
My poor husband has caught the flu and I'm doing everything I can to keep the sickness at bay! Check out my recommendations for boosting your immune system and what to do if you have caught the flu.
1. Essential Oils Essential oils do not get enough attention when it comes to healing properties. I use diffusers around the house and even make my own body oil with essential oils to boost my immune system. The best place to put your body oil is on your feet because that is where the largest pores are.
If you want to make your own body oil then melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil and add in 15 drops of lavender oil, 15 drops of lemongrass oil, and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil. Then rub them on your skin and feet. These oils help to target your immune system and strengthen it. I recommend doing this in the morning and at night. You can also make a spray by mixing 2 tbsp of water, 1 tbsp of vodka, and the same number of drops of essential oil that was used for the body oil. Put it in a glass spray bottle and use it on your feet or chest. If you don't want to make a body oil and have a diffuser then fill your diffuser with water, add in 10 drops of each oil you want and keep the diffuser next to your bed while you sleep!
2. Nutrient Dense Foods You want to eat foods that are going to help fight infection and replenish your body. This means you want foods that are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, and minerals. I recommend these foods: Chia seeds Flax seeds Blueberries Acai Turmeric Ginger Cinnamon Spinach Garlic Nutritional Yeast Citrus Fruits You can combine many of these foods together. Make a turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and almond milk latte. You can combine chia seeds, flax seeds, blueberries, spinach, and acai into a smoothie powerbowl. You can make whole wheat pasta with garlic and nutritional yeast. You can add lemon to any tea or water to get some extra citrus!
3. Liquids Drinking water and tea is so important for getting healthy and staying healthy. I recommend getting at least 60 oz of water a day. If you are sick drinking tons of water is one of the ways to get you healthier. The fluids will help to flush out the infection and replenish your cells. Your cells are working in overtime and need water to keep up with healing you.
4. Sleep Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Getting 7-9 hours a night is important for people to maintain their immune system. If you are running and gunning and don't have enough time to rest then it is easy for your body to become susceptible to infection. If you know you aren't going to get enough sleep at night try to get in a nap in the afternoons.
5. Wash Your Hands This may seem like a no-brainer, but I'm not just talking about after you go to the bathroom. I'm talking about before you make meals, before you eat meals, and before and after you go to the gym. If you are flying on a plan wash your hands before and after you get on a plane. You have no idea what your hands are touching and what you could be putting in your mouth or on your face. It's important to make sure to wash your hands constantly.
6. Do Your Laundry When was the last time you changed your sheets? Not sure? Then go wash them now! What about that dish towel that is sitting over your oven? Go wash it! How long do you go before you wash the towel you use for the shower or after washing your face? Go wash them! It's important to stay on top of sheets and towels because we use them over and over again. Make sure to wash your sheets every week and if you can't keep up with every week then go two weeks but no longer! Make sure to change out your towels after every third use.
7. Wipe Down Your Countertops Make sure you have a good disinfectant to wipe down your counters in your kitchen and bathroom. After you eat or brush your teeth wipe everything down. It's important to keep these areas clean because that is where you are putting thing into your body- food and the toothbrush!
8. Be Mindful of Alcohol Alcohol can lower your immune system so instead of drinking a carafe of mimosas at brunch just have one mimosa. Same things goes for having drinks out or having a bottle of wine. Be mindful of how much alcohol you are drinking because your body needs to be in top shape to boost your immune system.