8 tips to improve your immune system this winterWiebke Venter
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.
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
To reduce the risk of viral or bacterial infections washing your hands regularly is crucial. When you are out and about a hand sanitiser in your handbag is the way to go. Try our Mare & Itis hand sanitiser, which not only contains 75 % alcohol to kill viruses and bacteria but also smells amazing. This hand sanitiser is our favourite sanitiser among all these conventional sanitisers that you get in touch with every day. The ingredients are non-toxic and it leaves your hands feeling moisturised and clean. Additionally, wear your mask in public to avoid infecting other people – preferably a reusable mask that is regularly washed.
2. Eat healthy
To stay healthy you should eat many fruits and vegetables – at least 5 portions per day. 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. Tinctures are extracts of herbs that are super potent. They have been around for thousands of years and are used in traditional herbal medicine. They preserve and concentrate the properties of the herb, making them more effective and longer-lasting. They should be taken directly under the tongue. Absorbed through the mucosa the nutrients & minerals enter the bloodstream much faster. Here are our recommended tinctures that are specifically beneficial for your immune system:
- Aether colds and flu tincture: This blend of herb extracts has been made to not only support the immune system in fighting viruses, but to additionally target and effectively aid in the treatment or management of symptoms associated with colds and flu. Use of this during the span of infection will allow for easier recovery and less severe experiences of sinus, sore throats etc. making it the perfect bedside companion in the process of healing from a virus.
- 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. This blend is to maintain a healthy immune system and keep the body functioning at it’s optimum capacity, thereby decreasing severity of infections.
- Aether antibiotic tincture: An antibiotic is a medicine that inhibits the growth of, or destroys microorganisms within the body. The herbs in this tincture are antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal. They also do benefit the gut microbiome when taken correctly.
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 fewer 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 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. To boost your immune system, you should avoid any stress, physically or mentally. Add small breaks to your packed appointment calendar and to do list, delegate work, and check 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 seemingly interacts with the so-called CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body. These receptors are found in both the central and peripheral nervous system. The exact way in which CBD affects these receptors in the brain is not fully understood yet. However, it may alter serotonin signals, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in your mental health. Depression is commonly linked to low serotonin. Low serotonin levels may also cause anxiety.
Life can get overwhelming sometimes. Calming the nervous system and protecting the body from stress and anxiety is crucial to strengthen the immune system. Moreover, a little help with that can be very beneficial.
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 help 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 has 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!