We are all exposed to many different toxins, viruses, and bad bacteria on a regular basis, so it is in our best interest to support our immune systems. While this is a scary time, we should all do our best to take the proper measures in not spreading viruses or bacteria to others, especially those with compromised immune systems.
So what can we do? Here I will give you some tips and tricks that I use on a regular basis to boost my immune system. I work up close and personal with a lot of different people every day that come from all over, so I had to come up with something! That isn't to say I never get sick, but it is much less than before I used to do all of the things I'm about to share with you! Before we get started I want to mention, this does not include the obvious things that I assume everyone knows which is, washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you are sick. So here we go...
1. Stay away from foods that cause inflammation and illness in the body, these foods will knock your immune system down.
These foods include the top inflammatory foods such as:
Now, before you freak out because you can't give up cheese or eggs, I will say this, if you are feeling healthy enough and you just want to maintain, you can try eliminating the foods you know you can live without. And maybe try eliminating them one at a time and work your way up. BUT, if you are struggling with illness or a virus you should cut these foods out so that you can actually heal for the time being.
2. Taking the proper Supplementation
Everyone should be doing some sort of supplementation daily to suit your individual needs. But here are some that I believe can benefit (with some exceptions) everyone and help to boost the immune system.
If you have specific health concerns, always check with your doctor first.
My personal fave! Getting enough sleep is crucial for our immune system. An adequate amount of sleep helps to regulate certain hormones which play a huge role in our immune system. Also when you don't get enough sleep your body doesn't have time to play catch-up on the healing process it does while you are asleep, not only that but sleep can boost your immune cells and T-cells, which help the body to attack pathogens and viruses. Are you sleepy yet?
Exercise causes change in antibodies and white blood cells. Which are the body's immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies circulate more rapidly when you exercise, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. Exercise may also help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways, which could reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. When you are physically active, the brief rise in your body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection better. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.) And we all know exercise slows the release of stress hormones, which is just better all around for you and your immune system! Which brings me to my next tip...
When we are stressed it triggers our stress hormones, like adrenaline, to flood our system due to the fight or flight response. This can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off viruses and infections . So it is important to take some time for self-care. Schedule it in your calendar if you have to! Make it a priority, because this can be a huge de-stressor and help to the immune system. Do something that brings you joy, whether that is, relaxing during a massage, meditating, painting something, reading a book, going for a walk or run, whatever makes your heart sing, do it.
To sum it all up, living a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods day to day is the best way to ensure your immune system is ready to go whenever you need it! You can boost it even further by taking supplements, exercising, getting enough sleep and practicing self-care. Our bodies are working tirelessly to keep us healthy, so let's help it do what it does best, keeping you healthy and alive!
I'm wishing you great health and sending everybody lots of love!!!
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