During this time, especially as cold and flu season are coming up, it’s good to be aware of ways to strengthen your immune system. There are many things we can do and they don’t need to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. Adding these small tips into your daily routine are going to help you and your loved ones stay healthy this year.
1- Get enough sleep
Sleep and immunity are closely tied. In fact, inadequate or poor quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness. Studies have shown that adults who slept fewer than 6 hours each night were more likely to catch a cold than those who slept 6 hours or more each night.
To learn more about the importance of sleep, check out this blog.
2- Drink enough water
Drinking enough water is essential for anyone to be healthy. Water transports things to and from cells in your body, dissolves sugars, flushes important organs and removes toxins, regulates body temperature, and works as padding for your joints. It can also help you lose weight, improve quality of sleep, and energy levels.
To learn more about the importance of hydration, check out this blog.
3- Take a multivitamin
It can be hard getting all of the nutrients we need in one day. Think of taking a daily multivitamin as insurance. If you get all of your vitamins in from your food then great, but if you don’t, you know that a multivitamin can provide your body with any vitamins you might be deficient in.
4- Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which can help with inflammation and boost immunity. It’s good to eat lots of fruits and vegetables each day. It is especially good to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, particularly different colors, provide you with different nutrients.
Pay attention to when certain fruits and vegetables are in season. Eating seasonal produce is a great way to get the maximum amount of nutrients out of each fruit and veggie that you eat. It will also help you mix up what you’re eating so you can get a variety of nutrients.
5- Take a probiotic
Having good gut health is crucial for optimal health. Many people don’t know that our gut is often referred to as our second brain. Most of our health is based on our gut health and the bacteria in our gut.
Taking a probiotic or eating fermented foods will provide your gut with good bacteria. Having good gut bacteria can improve your immune cells!
Moderate exercises such as walking, biking, jogging or hiking can be beneficial to your overall health. Moderate exercise can lead to a healthy regulation of immune cells.
Intense exercise can sometimes weaken our bodies ability to fight off sickness. So if you are feeling sick, try more moderate forms of exercise.
Different supplements can help boost your immune system. Vitamin C and D have major impacts on our immune system! Especially as we head into these fall and winter months, supplementing with Vitamin C and D can help your immune system stay strong! Check out our Vitamin D3, available now!
Always consult a doctor before taking any supplements.
8- Manage stress levels
Managing your stress levels is key to having a strong immune system. Stress can have negative impacts on our immune cells and increase inflammation. To help reduce stress, make sure you are doing activities that you enjoy and help you relax on a daily basis.
For more on how to reduce stress, check out this blog!