Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System
They say you are what you eat, but your health is also a reflection of what you do. That’s why making healthy lifestyle choices can really help you keep illness at bay. Consider the following to support the strength of your immune system:
- Exercise regularly
- Limit alcohol, caffeine and sugar
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Drink lots of water
- Don’t miss meals
Take Your Vitamins
Even if you never eat junk food or miss meals, your body may still require a bit of help getting all the nutrients it needs to stay strong because many of the refined foods in a typical Western diet have been depleted of various vitamins and minerals. This is where a good multivitamin may help. In addition, boosting your intake of the nutrients below may help prevent marginal deficiencies that could lower your immune system defenses, potentially making you more susceptible to infections:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
Excessive stress may lead to suboptimal immune system function, leaving the body less able to fend off everything from bacteria and viruses to serious diseases. Finding ways to relax is an important part of a well-rounded health program. Give these activities a try:
- Warm baths with soothing oils, or magnesium-rich Natural Calm Bath
Whatever you choose, look for activities—or non-activities—that provide a real break from everyday work and home obligations.
Catch Some Zs
Skimping on sleep can undercut your immune defenses, so be sure to snooze a full eight hours a night. If you can’t get a full night’s sleep because of time constraints, try to squeeze in a 15- to 30-minute nap during the day. Although not as beneficial as nighttime rest, if you are rundown, a nap might help stave off illness.
Build Good Bacteria
Healthy probiotic bacteria stimulate the intestine’s immune system and slow the growth of infectious organisms in the digestive tract. Good sources of healthy bacteria are sauerkraut and other foods containing live cultures, as well as supplements containing 10 billion colony-forming units a day of acidophilus or bifidobacteria.