Whatever you do, don’t take this as me bragging about how not sick I am. There’s a point to this post.
I’m suuuuuuper lucky to be a generally healthy person. Most doctor’s visits go well, I feel great most of the time, etc.
BUT… A couple of small health scares and issues over time (and with people I love) have reminded me that you can’t always control what happens to you. There are SO many reasons people get sick: genetics, environment, you name it.
One thing you CAN control is being proactive about your immunity so that if you CAN fight something off, you do. With all the things that could happen TO me outside of my control, the least I can do is make the effort to go out of my way and keep my immunity high.
And it works.
In the past, I used to get the same things every year: a nasty cold every time the seasons changed, brain fog, sluggish feelings when people around me were sick, stomach issues, and I caught whatever was around me.
NOW… I haven’t had that cold in almost two years and haven’t been SICK sick for over a year. The occasional sinus issue happens (like if I go running in the rain), but my bounce back rate is 1-2 days.
I will give 99.9999% of the credit here to switching to a plant-based way of eating, I won’t lie to you. There’s effort involved.
But here are my OTHER immunity hacks, all in one place:
Turmeric is the anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting magical root powder. You can sprinkle and hide it in almost all of your cooking, and the key is to mask it’s subtle flavor with more powerful ones. You only taste its bitterness if you use a LOT of it, which you don’t need to. A small amount goes a long way. Grab some here & thank me later.
Ginger is one of those things you have to use based on your own taste, but it’s so beneficial to your general wellness and immunity. You can hide some in a smoothie, make ginger tea, candied ginger, or simply use the powder to hide it like I do with turmeric.
Apple cider vinegar tastes like SH*T, and smells even worse. IMO. I feel nauseous even smelling it when I go to drink it plain in water. HOWEVER… You suck it up because ACV is by far the best all-around general health booster you can use for yourself.
One tablespoon a day is what I aim for. I either put some in a glass room temp water and call it a day, but a great way to sneak some in without the flavor is to make a hot cup of green tea and add ACV, lemon juice, honey or agave. That’s my favorite warm drink when I have a cold or feel one coming on.
Ahhhh I just LOVE my oils. Essential oils are one of those things you don’t think you need until you start using them. Something about a soothing smell does wonders for your mood, and it’s even better that the oils are truly beneficial to your health and immunity.
Just an example, I’m obsessed with using Peppermint oil for ANYTHING cold or sinus-related. You can smell oils, you can steam water and put a drop in to breathe them, you can diffuse them so your whole room smells like them, and you can put them on your wrists so your body absorbs it.
Dark Leafy Greenz
You shouldn’t need convincing to eat these if boosting your immunity is that important to you. Try shooting for 3 servings a day, and work your way up to 5-6 if you’re feeling ambitious. Ways to eat them (and make them taste good) right here. Many of them are also high in Vitamin C, another immunity essential.
So you don’t need to go chug a smoothie with greens, ACV, ginger, & turmeric while inhaling oils, but start including more of these as you go. Doing this along with eating more plant-based is going to show you a noticeable difference in your immunity, energy and help you feel more in control of what you CAN be doing.
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