Believe it or not, the only thing standing between you and a miserable bout of the flu is your immune system. Because of this, it's essential that your immune system is as strong as it can possibly be! We've compiled 40 unexpectedly useful ways to boost your immune system so that it can operate at its full potential. From the bizarre to the intriguing to the weirdly-simple, here’s our rundown of often obscure immunity boosters.
1. Munch on a raw onion
Feeling brave? You might want to bite into a raw onion. Yes, you read that right! SFGate highlighted a 2012 study on the health benefits of onions. The article mentions the onion’s anti-inflammatory properties and its role in detoxifying the body, as well as its ability to regulate one's immune response. Get a box of tissues handy and prepare to embrace good health!
2. I scream, you scream!
Scary movies are reportedly helping folks fight off infection. The site Salon refers to a 2003 study where it was found that frightened flick watchers ended up promoting the circulation of white blood cells. Scholar Mathias Clasen also explored how horror fans appeared better suited to deal with the pandemic. Whilst viewers were “still frightened by the movies”, they “may have a real advantage in a scary and sometimes threatening world.”
3. To shiver or not to shiver?
Are the health benefits of a cold shower really worth giving yourself goosebumps over? It most certainly is! The cold temperature ramps up your white blood cell count. White blood cells are like the warriors of the immune system: the stronger they are, the better they are at fighting off diseases. Cold showers are endorsed by famous frozen guru Wim Hof, though you should get into them gradually.
4. From wealthy to healthy
Oysters are associated with a life of luxury, but does consuming the slimy treats make you healthy as well as wealthy? Luxury seafoods such as oyster and lobster are packed with zinc, which is great news for your immune system. Shellfish are highlighted by Healthline as great sources of immune-boosting minerals like zinc, though they also stress that you shouldn’t exceed 11 mg of zinc for males and 8 mg for females.