4 Natural Ways to Boost Immunity

March 17, 2020

 

Amongst all the chaos going on these days, I’ve found solace in the fact that we, as a society, are being called to come together to slow down, reflect, and recharge. With so many “to-do’s” being cancelled, we are forced to do something we rarely ever do -  simply just be. Virus or not, prioritizing our health should always be our top priority - and circumstances like this make that clear as day. 

 

I wanted to shed some light on what we can do to support and boost our immune systems naturally. Trust me, it’ll do so much more than panic-buying toilet paper. 

 

Decrease Stress 

Quite possibly the hardest tip to implement, but also quite possibly the most effective. Our body’s natural stress response can put a huge toll on your body if overused, and can directly lower our immune response, making us more vulnerable to infection. But before you stress out about being stressed out, there is some good news. All it takes is a few simple activities to introduce (or perhaps re-introduce) into your current routine. Some of my personal favorite ways to de-stress include:

 

  • Enjoy a walk outside, in nature, or unplugged 

  • Try journaling - writing out gratitudes, setting intentions, or just “mind dumping”

  • Cuddle your fur babies

  • Breathing or guided meditation exercises (there’s some great free apps for this)

  • Epsom salt baths 

  • Prioritize laughing with loved ones - this can be as simple as curling up on the couch and turning on a funny movie 

 

Embrace a Diet Filled with Immunity-Boosting Foods 

It’s definitely no lie that food is nature’s best medicine. Here are some of the most powerful nutrients and foods to lower oxidative stress, reduce inflammation, and boost your immune system. 

 

  • Curcumin 

  • Found most commonly in turmeric. I love warming up the Indie for a easy and delicious golden mylk latte.

  • Elderberry

  • You can make your own elderberry syrup to have on it’s own a potent cold and flu remedy, or even make your own jam with raw honey and chia. 

  • Pumpkin Seeds 

  • Pumpkin seeds are extremely high in zinc, which plays an important role in cell-mediated immunity. I love pumpkin seed butter on toast or tossing them into salads for some crunch. 

  • Brazil nuts  

  • Brazil nuts are the richest source of selenium, which not only can inhibit viral replication in the body, but also ensures our Tahiti mylk is extra rich and creamy. Priorities people. 

 

Eat (Or Drink) Your Algaes 

I really don’t particularly use the term “superfood” very often, but if there was a time to use it, it would definitely be to describe algae. Algae boasts such a high protein, iron, and mineral content and, among many other functions, can boost the production of disease-fighting cells. Try implementing spirulina, chlorella, E3 live, or blue majik (which gives our Blue Moon that pretty color) into your diet and reap so many benefits. 

 

Prioritize Sleep

I’m sure it goes without saying that sleep is crucial for insuring your immune system is intact. Give yourself a break and enjoy that much needed (and probably well deserved) sleep in.


Stay healthy everyone!

 

All the love,

 

Surya

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