When you feel like you may be coming down with something, bolster your immune defense with a bath! To get the benefits and stave off illness, run a tub to the hottest temperature you can tolerate, pour in 2 cups of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and soak until the water cools. For best results, don’t shower for at least 4 hours–this gives the vinegar time to fully soak into your skin, raising the body’s pH at the cellular level to boost immunity. Enjoy a soak twice a week to make the body less hospitable for most bacteria and viruses.
Next time your mind feels a little sluggish, hum your favorite tune. The vocal cords are connected to the vagus nerve, a key communication pathway linking the brain and other parts of the body (like the heart, lungs and stomach). Humming creates vibrations that stimulate the nerve, which spurs the release of acetylcholine, a compound that quickly clears away brain fog to sharpen thinking. For an even stronger vibration (and bigger mental boost), open and close your mouth while humming your favorite Motown song.