For us, living on the road has its challenges, but one of the most important is how to keep your immune system healthy naturally.
If you think about it, your immune system is probably your most important bodily function.
Without immunity, we’d die rather quickly simply because we couldn’t fight off anything, even the common cold.
Your immune system can suffer not only from your external environment, but what you apply to your skin and what you ingest internally.
So here’s how to keep your immune system heathy naturally.
How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy Naturally: Drink Plenty of Clean, Alkaline Water
There’s enough to monitor during the day without trying to keep track of how many glasses of water we’ve drunk.
We simply make sure that we keep plenty of fresh water on hand, but not just any water.
We’ve found that drinking filtered alkaline water not only gives us more energy, but it actually hydrates us better than simple tap water, or even bottled water.
So just over a year ago we purchased our first machine that processes normal tap water into good, clean alkaline water.
When we’re hooked-up at an RV park, we make sure that we make plenty of alkaline water to drink for when we’re not hooked-up.
How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy Naturally: Drink Alcohol in Moderation
(For the purpose of this section, we’ll say two drinks per week is moderate.)
Drinking in excess reduces the number of T-cells in your body and also impairs the function and growth of B-cells.
B-cells are responsible for making antibodies against substances like bacteria.
Drinking in excess will also mess with your sleep patterns, and if you don’t get enough sleep, that is certainly going to lower your immune function as well.
How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy Naturally: Toss Your Toxic Cleaners
… and replace them with eco-friendly ones that won’t harm your lungs.
Nothing can affect your immune system negatively like breathing in toxic gases from cleaning products.
According to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, women who cleaned for a living suffered lung damage similar to that of someone who smoked 20 cigarettes per day. Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway tracked over 6,000 participants over a 20-year period.
The good news is that there are non-toxic cleaners that do work, and in one case, actually works better than conventional toxic cleaners.
Here is the brand we use and recommend.
NOTE: This product is not available on store shelves.
Instead, you must buy it directly from the company itself.
How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy Naturally: Keep Essential Oils on Hand
When you’re on the road full-time, you have to be able to doctor yourself on minor maladies.
Unless it’s life-threatening, keeping a full spectrum of essential oils in your medicine cabinet can help alleviate minor health issues.
Here are some of our immunity go-to oils and some of their purposes:
Thieves > boosts immunity
Frankincense > skin infections; arthritis; asthma; inflammation; depression; mental fatigue
Tea Tree > antibacterial; antiviral; antioxidant — great for just about anything
Lemon > great for your digestive, immune, and respiratory systems
Although not directly related to immunity, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, we use often these as well:
Eucalyptus — improves breathing
Peppermint — headaches; indigestion; morning sickness
Lavender > sleep aid; acne; all-purpose for skin issues including stretch marks, bug repellant, insect bites, bee stings, dry skin
How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy Naturally: Supplement
Let’s face it.
When you’re on the road, it can be difficult to maintain schedules, especially when and what you eat.
So it’s comforting to know how to keep your health system healthy naturally when schedules get out of whack.
So if you’re not supplementing, we believe you’ll absolutely love our supplements!
We’ve been taking them for years now, even prior to living in our RV full time.
We don’t know how we’d live without them, and it really does keep all of us out of the doctor’s office.
In fact, all of us rarely get sick any more, and when we do, it’s mild and quick — kind of like a rock skipping on water.
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