5 Ways to Improve YOUR Immune System

It’s during times like these – Covid pandemic – that we start paying attention to our health and more importantly our immunity.  Afterall, our immune system works for us 24/7/365.  It doesn’t take a break.  Maybe you should consider giving it a boost so it doesn’t have to work as hard. 

Your immune system is constantly adapting, changing, learning, and improving.  It fights viruses and bacteria every day and is the body’s ultimate defense mechanism.  When it’s not working properly, you are at greater risk of illness. 

It is possible to boost your immune system naturally with dietary changes and lifestyle changes.  Taking care of yourself with rest, physical activity, and an immune supporting diet all strengthen your defenses for the long run. 

1.  Eat a nutrient-rich diet.  Anti-inflammatory foods help protect your body from invaders.  Green
leafy vegetables, citrus, berries, and ginger help.  Avoiding ultra-processed and sugary foods is essential too.  Alcohol consumption can negatively impact your gut health which makes you more susceptible to harmful bugs. 

2. Exercise often.  High levels of physical activity improve immune function in older adults versus a sedentary lifestyle.  Aim for 30 minutes a day and find something you enjoy doing.   A few ideas include yoga, pilates, bicycling, golfing, dancing, swimming or lifting weights. 

3.  Use immunity-friendly herbs and supplements. Some herbs and supplements can reduce inflammation, help you manage your stress, improve your resistance to infection and support a healthy immune system.  The most powerful herbs for immunity are echinacea and elderberry.  The best supplements are probiotics for boosting gut health.  Vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc also promote immunity.

4.  Get enough sleep.  Less than six hours of sleep makes you vulnerable to infection and more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus.  Lack of sleep also is a determining factor for how well you recover if you do get sick.   Aim for at least seven hours every night for your body to repair and rebuild.

5.  Reduce stress.  Chronic stress increases inflammation and weakens your body’s ability to fight.  Find ways to take a break during the day.  Small breaks give your body and mind the opportunity to refocus.  Meditation, gratitude journaling and stretch breaks are great options. 

Take steps each day to up-level your immune health and reduce your levels of stress.  Small changes in your diet and lifestyle can lead to great improvements in your health now and down the road.   Your body and mind will thank you for it. 

By Rhonda Bolich-Lampo | Health and Lifestyle Coach with
Shaklee | The WELLthyPeople.com

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