26 Apr 8 tips to improve your immune system this winter
Many people wonder “How can I improve my immune system this winter?”, especially in the flu season. Since COVID-19, this question might be even more important than ever before.
In fact, there are many things that you can do in everyday life to improve your immune system. Here are our most helpful tips on how to improve your immune system: (No 6 and 8 are our favourites 😉)
1. Reduce the risk of infection
Washing your hands minimises the risk of viral or bacterial infections. When you are out and about a hand sanitiser in your handbag is the way to go. Try our Mare & Itis hand sanitiser, that not only contains 75 % alcohol to kill viruses and bacteria but also smells amazing. Packed with all the non-toxic goodness that leaves your hands feeling clean and moisturised. Additionally, wear your mask in public to avoid infecting other people – preferably a reusable mask that is regularly washed.
2. Eat healthy
Eat enough fruits and vegetables as they contain important vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system. Natural supporters of the immune system can be garlic, ginger and honey. Garlic has antibacterial benefits; ginger works as an anti-inflammatory agent and honey contains healing enzymes. Find recipes for two immune boosting hot drinks for winter with another special ingredient in this blog.
3. Use the power of herbs
In general, plants and herbs have many benefits for your health, especially in the form of tinctures. A tincture is a super potent extract of an herb. Tinctures have been around for millennia and are a key component of traditional herbal medicine. They preserve and concentrate the properties of the herb, making them more effective and longer lasting. Taken directly under the tongue, the nutrients & minerals enter the bloodstream much more directly than by any other means. Here are our recommended tinctures that are specifically beneficial for your immune system:
- Aether colds and flu tincture: There are plenty of herbs you can use to alleviate symptoms and shorten the duration of colds and flu. If taken early and often, it is possible to prevent an illness from worsening and turning into bronchitis or pneumonia. This tincture can be helpful for everything from a tickle in your throat to a full-blown cold by using herbs that have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating properties
- Aether immunity tincture: One of the best ways to avoid ailments and infections is to take action before-hand which ensure the body is strong enough to ward off risk of disease. Preventative medicine increases the body’s ability to maintain health and wellbeing. Therefore this blend helps to maintain a healthy immune system and keep the body functioning at it’s optimum capacity, thereby decreasing severity of infections.
- Aether antibiotic tincture: This tincture addresses the need for a powerful medicine which can act as an antibiotic without the list of side effects. Not only is it anti-bacterial, but it is also anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-fungal, therefore it will aid in the treatment of conditions beyond the realm of just bacterial infections.
4. Be positive and laugh often
Positive people who are happy, content and relaxed are catching flu viruses just as much as other people are. However, they show less symptoms or get a serious infection less often. Additionally, researchers found that laughing strengthens the immune system because it increases the activity of immune cells like lymphocytes.
5. Move your body
Workouts and cardio training are increasing the stress resistance and that strengthens the body´s defence mechanisms. Running or a quick walk every day for just 30 minutes and you´ll help your immune system through this winter. Alternatively, you can dance in front of the mirror to your favourite music too. Laugh and sing along with the music and you can tick off No 4 and 5 in one shot!
6. Stress less and sleep more
The stress hormone, cortisol, slows down your immune system. Treat yourself to rest and adequate sleep. This applies to physical stress, as well as to mental stress. In order to strengthen your immune system, you should avoid any stress by adding small breaks in your packed appointment calendar, delegating work, and checking in with yourself from time to time how you are feeling. In other words, be careful with yourself. This also includes allowing fear, sadness, anger and other negative feelings – if you suppress it, it can also trigger stress.
Relaxation techniques such as autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation or yoga are proven to be suitable for releasing stress. It has been shown that yoga, tai chi, qigong, and also meditation have a positive effect on the immune system.
CBD oil can also help release stress and anxiety. CBD is thought to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively. The exact way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood yet. However, it may alter serotonin signals, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety.
Life can get overwhelming sometimes. A little help to soothe the nervous system and protect the body from stress and anxiety is always beneficial. Some people with anxiety may even be able to manage their condition with CBD. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.
The Aether Relax Tincture can help bring peace to the mind and calm to the nerves. Utilising powerful herbs, this tincture acts fast by relaxing the body without compromising cognitive function. This tincture can also assist with insomnia, restless sleep and nervousness
7. Drink enough water
Provide your body with sufficient water every day. This keeps the mucous membranes in your airways moist. If they dry out, the removal of viruses and bacteria works less effectively and increases your susceptibility to infection. Zero Waste Tip: Use a refillable water bottle to protect yourself and Mother Earth from getting sick and to keep track of how much you drank during the day. Depending on the size of your bottle 3-4 refills are advisable.
8. Cuddle a lot
People need to be close to other people. Touching, hugging and cuddling strengthen the immune system. Research have already shown that people who experience a lot of affection catch colds less often or develop less severe symptoms. Please only cuddle with your family or people living in the same household as you, as social distancing rules still apply. No “Free Hugs” on the streets for now.
Stay healthy and stay green!