1.Be physically active
Studies say that most healthy adults should strive for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also to give their immune system a boost. If you exercise outdoors, you also have the added benefit of sunshine and fresh air.
Some examples of moderate exercise include walking, swimming, jogging, and yoga.
On the other hand, too much exercise or strenuous intensity, can actually suppress your immune system. There is balance to be found with being physically active to boost your immune system naturally.
2. Eat a balanced diet
When you eat a varied, balanced diet with minimally processed foods, you’re able to get various amounts of macro and micronutrients to help your body run its best and keep your immune system kickin’! Most experts agree that limiting excess sodium and added sugars (which tend to be very common in processed foods) is a key role in eating healthy.
Fruits and vegetables tend to be high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and in return help the immune system thrive. Healthy fats from olive oil, nuts and seeds, and fish can offer additional help in reducing inflammation.
You can also incorporate fermented foods for healthy probiotics is a great way to offer your immune system a boost all year long.
3. Stay hydrated
Water is essential for most functions in the body, and the immune system is no exception. The immune system operates through the blood and lymph nodes, and need water to help circulate immune cells through the body.
Drinking enough water also ensures that our bodies stay in homeostasis and continues to function optimally, which is also important for maintaining immune health all year long.
4. Get enough sleep
Poor sleep quality has been directly related to being more susceptible to illness. There was a study done on 164 healthy adults that concluded that less sleep was associated with increased susceptibility to the common cold.
When we are sick, our bodies naturally require more sleep to allow our immune system to fight off the virus, so ensuring that you get adequate sleep when you are not sick, can help to strengthen your immune system.
Another element with getting enough sleep is proper stress management. When we are overstressed and overworked, our immune system can plummet. Make sure you are getting enough rest AND sleep in order to boost your immune system during cold and flu season.
Another way to help boost your immune system is to supplement with vitamins and probiotics that will help support your body’s natural functions.
“Research suggests that certain dietary supplement ingredients might improve immune response and reduce symptoms of some respiratory illnesses, like the common cold and flu. Popular supplement ingredients that are thought to support immune health include vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, elderberry, echinacea, and probiotics.” -National Institute of Health (NIH)
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