Strengthening Your Immune System

As your body’s first line of defense against infection and illness, your immune system is a variable that your lifestyle choices can greatly influence. There are many factors in keeping you strong and healthy. Here are a few tips to keep you at the top of your immunity game.

Reduce Stress

Easier said than done, right? Avoiding stress completely is nearly impossible, especially with so many negative influences in the news and on social media. Even if you don’t tune in, life can be full of worry. Work, relationships, money, kids…there is an endless stream of angst-inducing factors at play at any given time.

Since total elimination is unlikely, try to reduce stress by adding meditation each day. Even 15 minutes of mindfulness can make a world of difference. If you’re short on time, pausing to take a few deep breaths can greatly reduce physical and emotional strain.

Get Moving

Staying active is proven to not only reduce stress, but can release white blood cells, which can be effective in fighting off illnesses. If you can, take a walk outside, but if you’re confined indoors, get creative! Yoga, jumping jacks, or other ways to get your blood flowing will work just as well. Try to get in at least 20 minutes of physical activity each day.

Good Hygiene

It goes without saying, that washing your hands frequently helps prevent the spread of disease, but it’s also just a good habit. Avoiding germs is the first line of defense for a healthy immune function. If your immune system doesn’t have anything to fight, you’re already one step ahead.

Healthy Diet

Not only does eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains help to boost your immune system, it’s also helps you feel great. Balancing your diet can keep give you energy and keep your mind sharp. A good rule to follow is, the more colors you have on your plate, the better off you’ll be.

Supplements

Even when we eat all the right things, it’s hard to get enough vitamins and minerals in our diet every day. Here are some things to look for when searching for an immune-boosting supplement.

            -Vitamin C is one is at the top of the list for boosting your immune health. It acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals. It also helps the body make collagen, so your skin will benefit as well.

            -Green Tea is rich in antioxidants, which are infection fighters and help to protect the body from infections and viruses. Not only is it an immune booster, but it also helps to reduce stress.

            -Grape Seed Extract helps increase antioxidant levels in the body and bloodstream, while assisting a healthy immune system to fight bacterial and viral infections.

            -Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection by boosting immune function.

Get Enough Sleep

Sticking to a sleep schedule, even on the weekends, helps to balance your circadian rhythm, your body’s internal clock. Doing this will help your body make its best use of your waking hours and help prevent mid-day crashes in energy. So not only does good sleep help with productivity, better quality sleep can actually boost your immune system.

Your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease and illness, but sometimes it needs a little help. Giving your body the tools it needs to keep you healthy is a great place to start.