5 Ways to Support Your Immune System at Home
Immune Support During COVID-19
SEPTEMBER 2021 | Dr. Ashley Southern
1. Warming Socks
An age-old hydrotherapy trick, warming socks have been used to help clear congestion in the head and sinuses from a cold; it also increases circulation and therefore immune cell circulation.
Here’s how it works: you get an old pair of cotton socks, soak them in ice water for 10 minutes. Right as you get into be for the night, ring them out, put them on your feet, and cover them with a pair of wool socks (get a size larger than what you normally wear!); the wool socks help to insulate and keep the wet socks from soaking the bed.
Your body will now have to work to warm and dry your feet. It will begin shunting blood and resources to that area, effectively draining the area furthest away, your head! You may wake up feeling a lot more vital with clear sinuses the next day.
2. Netti Pot
Another ancient tool for clearing your sinus – this porcelain Netti pot uses warm salt water to help clear your sinus cavity. The salt is used to match the pH of the mucous membrane in your sinus cavity, so the water doesn’t sting.
Gently tilt your head over a sink and let the warm water flood into one nostril and out the other…you will feel the warm water gently flush the area, and then you should be able to breathe out of it! Remember to do another whole pot on the other side; I like to do one round in the morning and one round at night. This also works great for seasonal allergies. Follow the directions on the bottle for more details!
Sleep is the most crucial factor to fighting all disease. If you are not getting quality, uninterrupted sleep, you will need to address it. You may find melatonin or other sleep blends helpful – these are my favorite products.
4. Ginger Bath
Ginger is a circulatory stimulant and an inflammation modulator – in other words, helps increase blood flow and bring down the negative effects of inflammation from immune response. Add 2 tablespoons of ginger powder or ginger root to your bath (add a cup of Epsom salt if you have it) and swirl it around to dissolve it. Soak for 25 minutes before bed – follow up with the warming socks!
5. Supportive Supplements
Antioxidants and hydration are essential to immune health – these are my favorite nutrients to incorporate:
- Glutathione – antioxidant, assists Vitamin C
- Vitamin C – antioxidant, assists Glutathione
- Zinc – antioxidant
- Electrolytes – for proper mineral repletion