My Top Tips for Boosting Your Immunity

Updated: Mar 11, 2020

The COVID-19 virus is waking everyone up to the importance of having strong foundational immune function. I believe that the media has turned the coronavirus into more of a pandemic of fear than a pandemic of sickness itself, and, in light of the anxiety that the media has instilled in the collective, I should remind everyone that a healthy + high functioning immune system is something that we should all place at top priority ALL of the time. If anything, this virus and past health crises of the past should stand as a reminder that nothing is as important as our health. Without that, the rest is irrelevant. If you wake up healthy everyday, take a moment to practice gratitude because health is truly the greatest gift. Here are my top 10 tips for keeping your immune system functioning at its best at all times:

1. Quality Sleep + resting when your body needs it to avoid burnout.

Rest is truly the best medicine. In fact, illness often stems from not getting enough of it, so when you notice the onset of cold symptoms, allow your body a few extra hours of sleep that night.

2. Proper hygiene practices like washing your hands.

*Reminder that washing your hands should always be a regular practice. Please do not only wash your hands when a a public health crisis is under way.

3. A healthy, well-balanced and nourishing diet that includes gut-supporting foods.

Gut health powerhouses:

Probiotics: these are the live "good" bacteria that occur naturally in our bodies.

Sometimes illness or stress can create an imbalance in your gut flora, so you could benefit from supplementing with probiotic foods that can help replenish the good bacteria in your body. Think fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurts, etc.

You can also take a probiotic supplement... just be sure you're getting a quality probiotic. Do your research. You want to be sure they contain live cultures, contain multiple strains, and large enough quantities to form a bacterial colony.

Prebiotics: The fibrous foods that contain them are the foods that ferment in our guts, feeding the flora that populate there. Prebiotics are the food that feed our probiotics.

Prebiotics are readily available in high fiber foods + starches such as cruciferous veggies, beans, legumes, whole grains, and many other fibrous vegetables. As long as you're getting plenty of these in y

our diet, there is no need to take a prebiotic supplement.

4. Daily movement

Not only does this boost our white blood cell and antibody function, but it also slows down the release of our stress hormones. Less stress is the ultimate goal.

5. Daily stress management

Try picking up a stress relieving mindfulness practice. Many people's minds automatically jump to meditation, which is a fantastic tool. But if you're sitting there thinking "i'm not a meditator, I don't do it right..." first of all, there's no "right" way to do it, and second of all, anything can be a mindfulness practice. For you it may look like mindful movement, walking outside, hiking, sun bathing, earthing your feet in sand/grass/soil, cooking, baking, reading, a good laugh, laying down, simply sitting and focusing on your breath, unplugging from the chaos of urban life. Anything that can help relieve stress is fantastic.

6. Supplementing with high quality bio-available vitamin C, zinc, selenium + vitamin D as well as herbal healing powerhouses.