With all the unknowns in the world right now, it is important to focus on things you can control – like self care. It’s more important than ever to make sure you’re taking care of your body, including emotionally and physically.
To stay healthy, focus on boosting and supporting your immune system. Try these immune boosting tips to stay healthy!
- Drink lots of water. It is recommended to drink about half of your body weight in water every day. For example, if you weight 120 lbs, you should be drinking 60 oz of water daily. Water is important to support healthy mucous membranes, which are the first line of defense for the body.
- Keep stress low. Stress puts added pressure on the immune system. Focus on shifting your perspective and taking the time to enjoy each day. Take a break from news and media. Try taking a walk outside or starting a new project around the house!
- Get enough sleep. The body needs rest to recover from the day and prepare for the next day. Turn off the screens and start winding down a little earlier.
- Support healthy digestion. Focus on eating a nutrient dense, whole foods diet. Avoid inflammatory foods such as sugar, processed foods, and alcohol. Add in foods rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that plays a vital role in immune function. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables, such as oranges or red peppers. Try adding in a probiotic to support digestion and give the immune system an added boost. My favorite, high quality probiotic is UltraFlora Balance by Metagenics.
- Supplement strategically with powerful immune boosters. An important vitamin for immunity is vitamin D which supports the immune system by stimulating the expression of anti-microbial peptides in immune cells and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract. Many herbs also have powerful immune strengthening functions. Ask about a custom herbal recommendation to help support your specific immunity and health concerns.
With these strategies, you are well-equipped to stay healthy during this pandemic and future cold and flu seasons. Stay healthy, my friends!