Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Is your household already littered with sniffles?
This blog contains a list of the most underrated immune system boosters. Read about our favorite ways to stay resilient against any sickness this season! 😎
1. Manage Gut Health
The gut is the “gateway to health” and houses 80% of your immune system. If your gut is not healthy, neither is your immune system.
The easiest way to address this is to find a high quality probiotic and add it to your daily supplements.
We absolutely approve of cutting out processed food, as well. (read our top three dietary changes you need to make, today, here)
Most processed food is high in sugar which can cause imbalances in the gut.
Processed foods are also notoriously low in fiber, another cause of gut distress. Healthy gut bacteria requires an optimal amount of fiber intake. 🥬 A diet with a variety of high fiber fruits and vegetables helps our good bacteria thrive and increase, protecting a healthy biome. The healthier our gut bacteria are, the thicker our gut lining will be which means a better barrier 😌 between your body and invading bacteria that your body is trying to get rid of/excrete.
2. Water and Lemon for the Immune System
Our co-owner, Natalie, recommends starting your day with lemon and water.
“When you wake up, squeeze fresh lemon juice into a mug full of hot water and drink it. This helps flush out and purify the body internally, and can help reduce toxins and bacteria in the small intestine that can lead to acne.
“As a rich source of vitamin C, lemon juice protects the body from immune system deficiencies. In addition, lemon juice with water helps in weight loss as it promotes digestion and increases the metabolic rate.”
It’s a good way to get the digestive system moving in the morning so you start your day with those toxins removed from your body!
Research indicates that massage therapy can help prevent the cold and flu by strengthening the immune system.
Massage increases movement of the body’s white blood cells 🥰 (that fight viruses), which in turn decreases cortisol (stress hormone) so your immune system gets a boost, which leads us to our next stress-defeating tool!
4. Reduce Stress
What are your go-to stress relieving tools? (see our blog containing our favorites, here).
When we're stressed, our body has to work to regenerate the affected cells. This takes vitamin c and essential proteins to do. In turn, the immune system's ability to fight off bacteria and viruses is reduced.
The stress hormone corticosteroid can also lower the number of lymphocytes which in turn suppress the effectiveness of the immune system.
5. Lymphatic Drainage
Swedish and lymphatic drainage massage are immune-boosting power plays.
Aside from at-home techniques (read our list, here), the lymphatic drainage part of the platinum HydraFacial treatment targets the majority of your lymph nodes.
We start by opening the thoracic lymph nodes above your clavicle then use the suction piece to lightly sweep specific areas of your face to draw edema to the lymph nodes by the ears and down the neck.
Your body’s natural detox system can then take over and eliminate those toxins.
What one of these immune boosting hacks can you adopt this season?
Stay healthy, beautiful! 😘
Beauty at the Lake