Prioritizing a healthy immune system not only keeps you from getting sick now, but it will help prevent diseases in the future like cancer. Thankfully there are lots of things you can do everyday to keep you and your family healthy by creating the strongest Immune systems possible. These are good practices not just during cold, flu and virus season because if your body is under too much demand your immune system will suffer. Before reaching for another cleanse, capsule or detox consider implementing these basic habits to support your immune system first. Boosting your immune System is the Number 1 way to fight off sickness.
Sleep: Not getting enough sleep can lead to higher levels of stress hormones and leads to more inflammation in your body. Being sleep deprived reduces the amount of cytokines produced by the Immune System during sleep, thus reducing the infection-fighting antibodies you need. It’s clear that getting 7-9 hours is key to good health.
Reduce Added Sugar: Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after consuming the sugary food or drink. A diet high in added sugar contributes to being overweight and obese. Obesity can weaken the body’s immune system and reduce it’s ability to fight off infections.
Smile: Having strong relationships and a good social network is good for you. Find reasons to laugh more, enjoy time with your friends and family, practice gratitude and look for the positive in situations.
Eat a Nutrient Dense Diet: Choose a wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables to ensure you are getting all the micronutrients you need. Afraid you aren’t getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet, it might be a good idea to supplement with Driven Berries and Greens if you aren’t already.
Drink Water: Staying Hydrated helps your body naturally eliminate toxins and other bacteria that may cause illness. Dehydration reduces the overall volume of blood and lymphatic fluids that are integral in healthy immune system responses.
Reduce Stress: Chronic Stress exposes your body to a constant stream of stress hormones (like cortisol and adrenaline) that suppress your immune system. You may not be able to eliminate your stress, but you can get better at managing it. Learn to meditate, Slow down, Connect with other people, Take a walk.
Exercise: Working out on a regular basis has been scientifically proven to boost your Immune System. The rise in body temperature during and after exercise can actually help you fight infection better by preventing bacteria from growing. Due to heavier breathing during exercise, you also can flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways by exercising.
Avoid Alcohol: Studies show that excess intake of alcohol can have negative effects on your immune system. It interferes with your sleep patterns and reduces the amount of restorative sleep you get.
Get Outside: Sunshine is essential to the production of Vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is important for healthy functioning of the immune system. A daily brisk walk in the sunlight for 10-15 minutes will ensure that enough Vitamin D is produced in the body. The more you are outside breathing fresh air the better. Close quarters inside your office or home exposes you to all sorts of germs.
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