How I Boost My Immune System

When the school year starts and the cooler months arrive, I try to find some ways to strengthen my health and push through the cold and flu season.  There are a lot of things that I do to work on boosting my immune system. I always try to live a healthy lifestyle, but I ramp up my health routine when I feel like I am exposed to germs, feeling run down, or just during cold and flu season.

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I take vitamins on a regular basis, but during cold and flu season, I try to make sure that I am taking them daily.

I usually at least take a daily multivitamin, but I also supplement with some other basics, such as vitamin C, vitamin D, and iron when needed.

Herbal supplements

I like to take some extra herbal supplements during cold and flu season.  Some of these include elderberry, echinacea, and turmeric.  I also like to make my own elderberry syrup (read my post on how to make elderberry syrup).

Gut health

Gut health is a huge part of supporting your immune system.  There are many things you can do to support your gut health, including taking probiotics. You can also eat foods that are good sources of probiotics, such as yogurt or fermented foods.  You can also try your hand at making some of these foods, such as using a yogurt maker or buying a scoby kombucha starter and making your own kombucha.

Healthy foods & superfoods

Focus on healthy eating, especially with so many treats and temptations during the holidays. Try to eat healthy foods, fresh fruits and veggies.  Another good thing to add into your routine is superfoods, such as chia seeds, goji berries, spirulina, and turmeric.  Some of these come in whole food form, while others, such as turmeric, can be added to dishes.  For example, turmeric can be used in rice, soups, or smoothies.


Good hydration is good for overall health. I try to drink as much water as possible, and I try to stay away from sugary drinks.  If I drink other beverages, I try to stick with things like green tea, nutritional shakes, etc.


Getting fresh air and exercise is always a good idea. The winter months can be cold and tougher to get outside to get exercise, but it is important to get moving.  Even if you can bundle up and take a walk, it helps contribute towards your health.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is so important! I try to make sure I get enough sleep, even if it is at least one good sleep-in on the weekend.

Healthy hygiene

Stay on top of things like hand washing and using hand sanitizer.  I am very careful about washing my hands when I get home, or sanitizing my hands after going to the grocery store since I have touched things like shopping carts and credit card machines.

Healthy home & workplace

Consider what goes into a healthy home and workplace during cold and flu season. For example, I do a lot of disinfecting and cleaning surfaces that get a lot of traffic. I like to cut down on germy surfaces, but also use chemical-free cleaning supplies.  I also run air purifiers and regularly air out my home and office with fresh air.

Essential oils

*Note – be careful using any essential oils around pets.

There are studies that show that essential oils may be helpful during cold and flu season, from helping with sleep or respiratory issues. Thieves oil is a popular blend for cold and flu season, and helps with germs, respiratory issues, and boosting the immune system.


15 thoughts on “How I Boost My Immune System”

  1. I love how you incorporate vitamins, herbal supplements, and healthy foods into your routine to support overall wellness. Your advice on gut health, hydration, exercise, and sleep is spot on too! Can’t wait to try some of these strategies to keep my family feeling their best!

  2. Your dedication to incorporating various nutrient-rich foods and regular exercise into your routine is truly inspiring! Your proactive approach to boosting your immune system is commendable and undoubtedly contributes to your overall health and well-being.

  3. I wish that I could take stuff to boost my immune system. Due to immunosuppressant medication, I can’t take any of the immunity boosting medication, supplements, vitamins, etc. I can eat nutritious foods.

  4. Health something we all need to be careful with and take care of. With so many illnesses traveling the loop the tips you shared should be taken seriously. Thanks for sharing

  5. This is so insightful! Our daughter started school this past fall and I swear we were sick for 3 months. While my daughter already takes a daily vitamin, I finally started taking one myself. I also took one of those immunity shots recently before a trip where we knew we’d be around A LOT of people. Thankfully, I stayed healthy! I’m learning to drink lots of water and prioritizing vitamins. Hopefully the start of the next school year isn’t as bad!

  6. I think it’s so important to remember hydration. You can take all kinds of supplements and everything else, but if you’re not hydrated, your body isn’t going to work the way it should.

  7. Boosting the immune system is always a hot topic, especially in today’s world. It’s great to see articles like this one from Puddles and Pine offering practical tips and advice on how to naturally support our immune health. Taking care of our immune system is essential for overall well-being, and it’s fantastic to have resources like this to guide us along the way. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I travel a lot for work, so I find tips like this to be so important in order for me to stay healthy and not get sick. Elderberry is sooooo great! I really keeps me healthy and tastes yummy too!

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