Think about your immune system as being an army, and it’s fighting infection. Mikhail Varshavski
With kids in the house, getting sick is inevitable. Colds come and knock you on your butt for a few days or weeks. But there are ways to prepare for it.
Keeping your immune system strong can help you stay healthy during cold and flu season. At the very least, it may help you recover faster if you do get one of those nasty bugs or viruses. Here are some easy ways to boost your immune system.
- Drink more water. Your body needs water to function properly. Food needs water in order to digest. Drink at least 64 ounces of filtered water a day. Water also helps flush out toxins from your body.
- Get enough sleep. Eight to ten hours is the recommended number to let your body completely refresh before it wakes and is stressed with the day’s activities. Experiment with bedtimes until you find the right number that works for you.
- Eat more vegetables. Liver function is boosted by eating more cruciferous vegetables, which, in turn, will help cleanse your liver so that it can work better to remove toxins.
- Gut health. Probiotics are an excellent way to improve your gut. You can introduce these into your diet in the form of yogurt or fermented foods. Probiotics aid in digestion and help your gut work better so that you can absorb nutrients that help you develop a strong immune system.
- Healthy fats and adrenal cortex support. Eat healthy fats, foods high in antioxidants and amino acids such as avocados. This aids in helping your adrenal glands continue to provide the right hormones to your body for a healthy immune system.
- Drink natural juice daily. One vegetable and one fruit juice serving each day will help provide you with nutrients and calories for energy without stressing your digestive system. Plus it’s more water.
- Exercise daily. Boost your immune system just by walking at least 20 minutes or more each day. Moving and breathing deeply will help you not only become healthier but feel healthier too. This is especially important if you have a sedentary job where you must sit most of the day. Make a point of getting up to walk. Combine it with the next tip outdoors and you get bonus points.
- Get fresh air and sunshine. Sunshine gives you important vitamin D, and the fresh air will clear your lungs and help you relax. Can I suggest a beach cleanup?
- Eat more garlic. Garlic offers antibiotic properties that can improve your ability to fight off disease.
- Avoid toxins. Drink alcohol in moderation. Stop smoking. Try to use as few prescription drugs as possible. The fewer toxins you ingest, the healthier you will become.
Your immune system is just that; a system. Support the system so that it can support you.
I think it’s also time for your yearly reminder that cold weather doesn’t cause illnesses. It’s germs and being indoors more, so stop reading this and go wash your hands!
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