With cold months approaching, most students have either already come down with illness or at least noticed other students in the classroom becoming ill. Whether it’s the flu, a cold, upper respiratory infection or anything, an illness will have a harder time fighting a strong immune system. Here are some natural ways to boost your immunity this season:
Surely you’ve heard of antibiotics, which destroy the bad bacteria in your gut, but they also destroy the good bacteria which are necessary for proper gut and overall health. Taking probiotics adds good bacteria to your gut – you can purchase in the form of supplements or you can up your intake of plain yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sour pickles, kombucha, sourdough bread, sauerkraut and most other fermented foods.
Elderberry syrup, which is basically a juice that tastes similar to raisins, is full of antioxidants which can lower inflammation and stimulate the immune system. You can purchase online, at a local health food store or seek locals who make homemade elderberry syrup. Elderberry has not only been known to reduce the risk of illness, but has also been known to reduce flu symptoms in those already infected.
3. Vitamins C and D
The immune system needs these vitamins to function properly, and in the colder months, many people become vitamin deficient. The best ways to implement these vitamins into your life is by taking supplements or by consuming more vitamin-rich foods such as dark, leafy greens, kiwi or citrus fruits.
4. Salt water
No, you don’t drink it, you gargle with it. Salt has natural antibacterial properties. Gargling and swishing daily with salt water can improve immune response, as well as treat an already sore throat or mouth infection.
5. Chiropractor visits
Regular adjustments at the chiropractor can improve immunity significantly. The immune system is directly correlated to the nervous system, which cannot function properly if your spine is not properly aligned. Regular adjustments can also boost endocrine system functioning, which also contributes to boosted immunity.
—Taylor Provost, News Editor