Even though summer is here and we’re past the flu season, it’s still important to keep our immune systems strong. Working on boosting your immunity now is a great way to help ensure you’ll stay well through this coming winter.
Here are 5 ways to boost your immunity:
Eat a healthful diet
Ever heard the phrase, “Garbage in, garbage out”? The foods you put into your mouth directly affect how you feel and how healthy you are. If you eat garbage, it will reflect in your body’s health. Be sure to eat a clean diet that does not include processed foods (anything that comes in a box, bag or can). Instead, eat a balanced diet of colorful organic vegetables, pastured meats and properly prepared whole grains.
Get a full night’s rest
Are you getting enough sleep to allow your body to rejuvenate each night? If you’re constantly getting by on five hours, your body won’t be at its best. Studies show that people who d not get enough quality sleep are more likely to get sick after they’re exposed to a virus, like the common cold. So make it a priority to get an average of eight hours of sleep each night if you want to keep your immune system strong.
Enjoy more exercise
Studies show that exercising can also help give your immune system a boost by pushing out old T-cells that weren’t helpful so you body can replace them with new ones that will be able to help fight infection. In the book Nutrition and Exercise Immunology, written by David C. Nieman, exercise also increases antibody production by 300%. Find something that you enjoy like walking, running, yoga, pilates or a team sport and participate at least 3-5 times per week.
In our fast-paced society, we’re all rushing around more trying to complete as many tasks as possible. Unfortunately, that means most of us aren’t slowing down and the stress builds up to levels that can negatively impact our health. Take time each day to slow down and breath deeply. You can meditate, practice yoga, do deep breathing activities, take a long bath with magnesium salts or any other activity that allows you to decompress and reduce your stress level.
Supplement to avoid deficiencies
Since many people aren’t getting all of the nutrients their bodies need for optimal health, it can be wise to add the right supplements to your diet. Vitamin C is one of the most well known vitamins for building immunity because it increases white blood cell production, helps prevent viruses from multiplying and reduces inflammation. Vitamin D is increasingly being show to be heavily tied to overall health. Other vitamins and minerals with ties to immunity include Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Selenium and Zinc.
Where to Buy Supplements
Your local health food store will carry a wide variety of supplements to help boost your body’s immune system. Healthy Planet carries many different brands, and this month until July 3rd, 2013 Healthy Planet has the Metagenics ImmuCore 90 tablets on sale for just $28.79 – that’s 10% off the regular price! ImmuCore is designed to provide a multiple mechanistic approach to support immune system health and contains Vitamin C, Zinc, and Selenium.
What are your favorite ways to help boost your immunity all year round?
About the Author:
Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering and founder of Green Moms Media, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family’s life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who’s willing to listen. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.