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Stay Home And Hug Your Hooman

10 Daily Practices To Strengthen Your Hoomans Immunity

Taking care of yourself and your loved ones begins with simple and practical daily practices you can do from home. Social distancing, hygiene, disinfecting surfaces (think light switches, mobile phone and computer screens…) are all key to preventing exposure to viruses and bacteria. Getting enough sleep, eating a well-balanced diet full of veggies and fruits and free of sugar, exercising every day and managing stress are all easier said than done right now, but they are also very important to focus on for robust immunity and staying healthy. This is an opportunity to learn and value good health and to take care of yourself!

1. Gargle & Drink Green Tea

Drinking and gargling green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of contracting influenza and the common cold and enhances immunity too (among a host of other benefits!). In one study, residents in an aged care facility gargling the equivalent of ½ cup of green tea three times daily were more than 15 times less likely to catch the flu. In another study among health care workers, influenza incidence was significantly lower in the group consuming green tea capsules.

2. Gargle Apple Cider Vinegar

It is antiviral and antibacterial and may help ward off a virus trying to take hold in your throat. Make a gargle with 5 mls of organic vinegar in 25mls water and gargle every time you get home from going out, or if you feel the start of an infection coming on (sore throat or sinus tingling feelings). Alternatively, if you are caring for someone who is ill or working with people, put 3 TBS in 1 cup water and use to gargle regularly throughout the day. Gargle and spit.

3. Contrast Hydrotherapy

An incredible and easy way to boost the immune system, hydrotherapy is a traditional naturopathic technique of using hot and cold water/ temperatures to help our bodies stimulate our immune system.


Shower Method: Stand in a hotter than usual shower (not enough to cause dizziness or burns) and enjoy the heat for up to 3 minutes. Then turn the temperature to cold for 10-30 seconds (the longer the better but not more than 30 seconds). You can choose to finish there and turn off your shower... or ideally, repeat the cycle 1 or 2 more times. Importantly, always end on cold.

Bath Method: Set the timer to soak in a hot bath for 3 minutes, slowly lift yourself out and enjoy a cold shower for 10-30 seconds. Repeat 3 times for ideal strengthening effect.

4. Thymus Gland Activation

In traditional Chinese medicine, tapping or thumping on the thymus gland is said to activate and regulate the immune system by stimulating production and release of white blood cells. As part of the lymphatic system, the thymus gland creates disease-fighting T cells (the immune systems soldiers). Use your fingertips or flattened part of your fist to tap up and down about 2-3 inches along your sternum, for 15-20 seconds while taking regular slow nostril breaths. 1-3 times a day / more during illness.

5. Keep your airways moist

Virus’s thrive in dry environments, so use an organic Iip balm regularly on your lips and even in your nostrils to keep them moist. Saline nasal sprays can be helpful too.

6. Spice Up Your Diet

Adding spices activates your immune system. Try to add some to every meal and mix it up – they all have great benefit on your immune system and inflammatory responses. Chilli, turmeric, cinnamon, mustard seeds, horseradish, wasabi etc; try to keep a variety of these in your diet to help support your immune system. Herbs are a wonderful addition to your cooking for an immune boost. Some of those you may be familiar cooking with that support healthy immunity include thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, cloves. Use more than usual. Garlic has strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and doesn’t have a negative impact on your good bacteria. Crush a raw clove into your hot food just before eating at the first sign of a sore throat or cold to halt its progress. Use regularly in your cooking to the amount you can tolerate – everyone is different. Or try out this garlic drink; 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, add 1 cup boiling water, squeeze lemon juice and honey to taste. Drink 1 cup a day.  Let’s all stink together!

7. Eat Probiotic Foods Every Day

Research shows consuming probiotic foods or taking a probiotic supplement daily reduces the risk of developing an upper respiratory tract infection. Eat foods such as probiotic yogurt (Vaalia has 3 well researched viable strains in therapeutic amounts), sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, miso, nato, tempeh, pickles, kombucha, among others. Enjoy some in your diet every day.

8. Essential Oils

When added to an oil burner or a diffuser they have the benefit of acting as an air anti-septic.  Consider eucalyptus, sweet orange, lemon, clove bud, rosemary or tea tree oil. A blend can be highly effective as anti-bacterial and immune boosting and to help prevent the spread of germs.

9. Cut Out Alcohol & Stop Smoking

Alcohol disrupts the body’s immune pathways, impairs ability to defend against infections and impedes recovery from tissue injury. Since it increases susceptibility to pneumonia and is linked with more severe lung diseases than non-drinkers. Now is the time to stop smoking. Smoking increases the strain on the respiratory system and compromises your body’s ability to fight off a respiratory infection.

10. Fresh Air, Sunshine & Daily Exercise

Records from the 1918 influenza pandemic indicate that patients receiving their care outdoors, exposed to sunlight and fresh air recovered more easily than those confined to indoor treatment only. This will certainly increase your vitamin D which we know can help support your immune system. Combine your daily sunshine and fresh air with exercise. Go for a walk outside every day for 30-60 minutes or use the time to exercise in your backyard.