7 Simple Ways I Can Boost My Immunity
Cold and flu activity peaks during the winter months. Did you know, on average adults can have 2-4 respiratory infections each year, and children can have double that amount?
Typical symptoms include respiratory congestion, headache, sneezing, coughing, a sore throat, and running a temperature.
Here are 7 simple ways to help boost your immunity, stay strong, and remain healthy, especially during those colder months of the year.
1. Limit Sugar Intake
Diet can be the biggest factor in determining the strength of your immune system, and sugar is an immune system depressant. Too much sugar can impair your white blood cells, whose job it is to fight foreign invaders.
While more research needs to be done to confirm this link, drinking just two sweetened beverages may considerably lower your body’s immune response for several hours.
2. Commit to Moderate Exercise
Regular moderate-intensity physical activity can help boost immunity. It gets your blood flowing and stimulates the circulation of immune cells. It helps reduce inflammation.
Plus, it raises your body temperature, which may help fight bacterial growth in your body. It can also help reduce stress levels and improve sleep.
3. Reduce Stress
Stress is bad for us. Moderate exercise has shown to slow the release of stress hormones and improve mood. This can have a dramatic effect on the immune system.
Other ways to reduce stress can be meditation, going out in nature, and giving/getting hugs. And don't forget to get plenty of sleep to help calm your body!
A recent study out of the University of Tübingen in Germany has shown that there is a link between good sleep and immunity T cell production.1
4. Drink Plenty of Fresh Water
Every cell in your body requires adequate water to function properly. Our body consists of 60% water. Staying hydrated helps you to eliminate bacteria and toxins that cause diseases.
The average adult should drink 8 servings of 8 ounces of water or other healthy beverages per day – that’s 8 cups each day. Soups are a healthy addition to any diet and count towards your liquid intake.
5. Add Natural Supplements to your Diet
Cell salts are the natural health community’s insider tip for balancing our bodies with vital electrolytes and maintaining a strong immune system. To naturally and safely boost your immunity, take:
- Calc Phos, cell salt #2 – It helps cell regeneration and is recommended by natural health practitioners for its restorative properties.
- Cellergy, a combination of all 12 cell salts – With calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more important electrolytes
Take two squirts of each three times a day or alternate the two. To learn more about the origin and benefits of the 12 cell salts, read our blog Intro to Cell Salts.
Research has shown promising evidence that taking certain vitamins and herbal supplements may help strengthen our immune system. Three prominent supplements are vitamin C, vitamin D, and Elderberry.2,3
- Vitamin C – Our bodies need vitamin C for proper immune function. While vitamin C can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, many people do not take in enough of it on a regular basis and doctors often suggest a C supplement to help their patients stay healthy.
- Vitamin D3 – This vitamin comes from the sun’s rays. Our body needs it for healthy bones, skin, and immunity. It is not easy to spend enough time outdoors for our body to produce the necessary amount of vitamin D, especially during winter months, which is why a supplement is an excellent idea.
- Elderberry – This fruit is packed with vitamins and powerful polyphenol antioxidants to help our body stay healthy. High in vitamin C, elderberries are a well-known herb used during cold and flu season.
6. Wash your Hands
Washing your hands is one of the best ways you can stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands after you have been touching public surfaces, such as door handles, gas pumps, and shopping carts.
The CDC recommends washing your hands before touching your face. Also consider washing your hands first thing every time you return to your home.
7. Clean your Cell Phone Regularly
As a microbiologist shared in a 2012 Today.com article, a cell phone harbors 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. We take our phones wherever we go and often share them with others.
This can spread germs. So, clean your phone regularly and think twice before you swipe on someone else’s phone.4
Consider these 7 ways to help strengthen your immunity this cold and flu season. Don’t give in to your sweet tooth, limit stress consciously, exercise moderately, keep your water bottle handy, wash your hands and cell phone, and take quality supplements.
- Journal of Experimental Medicine (2019) 216 (3): 517–526
- Journal of Investigative Medicine (2011) Aug; 59(6): 881–886
- Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 18, Part B, October 2015, 941-958
- Today.com, Why your cellphone has more germs than a toilet (2012)
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