Sharing 5 Ways to Support Your Immune System because no one has time to be under the weather.
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Today we’re sharing 5 Ways to Support Your Immune System along with our friends at Nature’s Way. We want to help you stay healthy, not only when the weather turns cold, but all year round. While there are no guarantees that following these recommendations will make you superhuman but they will certainly help to improve your overall health and therefore support your immune system. Better health means better quality of life!
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5 Ways to Support your Immune System:
- Adequate sleep – A lack of sleep can result in a decrease in your body’s production of infection-fighting antibodies which increases your chances of succumbing to viral illnesses such as a cold or flu. Most adults needs 7-8 hours of good-quality sleep each night to feel rested and to support their immune system. Having a pleasant bedtime routine, avoiding or reducing blue light from screens, and getting outside during the daytime all help to support healthy circadian rhythms which in turn support healthy sleep and a stronger immune system.
- Healthy diet – A well-rounded and balanced diet based on whole foods that avoids excessive amounts of sugar is your best bet for strengthening your immune system. Be sure to include plenty of foods that offer these key nutrients:
- Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) – Sweet potatoes, carrots, red bell pepper, dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach, apricots and winter squashes are all great sources of beta-carotene, a vitamin A precursor, that’s vital for healthy immune function.
- Vitamin C – Citrus foods such as oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes are all naturally high in vitamin C but so are bell peppers, strawberries, kiwi and papaya.
- Vitamin E – Nuts and seeds of all kinds are a delicious way to get more vitamin E in your diet.
- Zinc – Good sources of zinc include red meat, poultry, seafood, beans, seeds and nuts.
- Gut health – Adding probiotic-rich foods to your diet are a great way to boost immunity since more than 70% of immune-related tissue is in the gut. Naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha, kefir and yogurt are delicious ways to support gut health (and thus support your immune system). Try our easy Homemade Sauerkraut and Fermented Carrots with Dill recipes to make your own at home.
- Stress reducing activities – Anything that reduces your stress levels in a healthy manner will support optimal immune function. Some of our favorite ways to reduce stress include exercise or daily ‘movement’, getting outside (even when it’s hot, cold, raining, etc. – just dress accordingly!), taking time to enjoy hobbies, spending time with friends and family, meditation, reading, taking a hot bath or enjoying a massage or a good haircut.
- Supplementation – Here are 3 supplements we always keep on hand to support a healthy immune system:
- Black Elderberry is a popular herbal remedy, especially during the winter season. High in antioxidants such as phenolic acid, anthocyanins, and flavonols, black elderberries are native to Europe but are now grown in many other parts of the world.
- Vitamin C with Rose Hip provides powerful antioxidant protection and supports immune function.*
- Echinacea is a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family commonly called coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. Echinacea is a popular supplement that is commonly used to support immune health.*
* This statement has not been evaluated by the food & drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Remember, that your immune system relies on you to do your part to keep your body healthy and optimally well. That’s why we recommend these 5 ways to support your immune system.
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