Beyond washing your hands on a regular basis and avoiding high risk situations, the best lines of defense comes in basic healthy habits. Below we discuss 7 natural ways to support your immune system this winter.
CATCH SOME SERIOUS, CONSISTENT ZZZ’S
Are you constantly working late and eating dinner at 10 PM? Do you find yourself up past midnight watching just one more episode of whatever show you’re currently binge watching? Sometimes the day doesn’t have enough hours to cram in all of our responsibilities and hobbies but recent studies show that a lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your immune system. The lack of proper sleep will make you more likely to catch something and also weaken your body's natural fight against whatever you do catch. Do your body a favor, by hitting the sack for the recommended 7-8 hours every night. If you are having some issues relaxing or getting to sleep, we recommend Melatonin as a natural way to help support your natural circadian rhythm.
GARLIC: IF IT WORKS AGAINST VAMPIRES, IT MIGHT HELP KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG TOO
Sure it won’t do your breath any favors, but adding garlic to your diet can do wonders for your health. Not only can it boost your immune system, it can also support heart health. The best part is that garlic packs flavor to any savory dish! Recipe Tip: Blend together some raw garlic, lemon, dark leafy greens, and extra virgin olive oil to make a healthy pesto. Toss the pesto with whole grain pasta, mix it into scrambled eggs, or spread on toasted bread.
TAKE A DAILY SHOT, OF ALOE
Packed with Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and folic acid, aloe vera helps to support the immune system. Aloe also contains properties that help support your body's ability to rid itself of harmful toxins and food build up. Before breakfast every morning, indulge with a shot of organic Aloe Vera juice to support your immune system and help maintain balanced stomach acidity.
SOAK UP THE SUN
We get that it's winter and you may live where there’s 5ft of snow but heading out when there is a little bit of sun shining is great for your immunity. Vitamin D is an immune system supercharger, and catching a few rays is the perfect way to stock up on it. Don’t overdo it, as too much sun can result in sunburns and in extreme cases, skin cancer. Only 10-15 minutes of sunbathing is necessary to scoop up the necessary dosage of Vitamin D.
YEAH, WE’RE GOING TO SAY IT: EXERCISE
There is no way around it, making daily activities or regular workouts a part of your lifestyle will yield a host of benefits. You don’t have to morph into a fitness freak to boost your immune system. A daily walk or a yoga class a few times a week will keep you physically fit and help your immune system stay in peak shape. Exercise can also help flush out of your lungs, helping reduce your chances of picking up an airborne illness.
WARM UP BY SIPPING ON BONE BROTH
Not only a perfect remedy for a cold winter’s day, this murky stock is nutritional liquid gold. Bone broth contains health boosting properties, can help promote stomach comfort, and generally is soothing to the entire digestive tract. By adding some organic vegetables like onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots or ginger, you can really ramp up your immune system.
GET THE BENEFICIAL BACTERIA INTO YOUR SYSTEM
Probiotics found in yogurt can help maintain and support your body’s immune system. Yogurt is also rich in Vitamin D, which gives your immune system a healthy boost. Not into dairy? That’s OK. There are plenty of other options on the market, like coconut kefir or even a probiotic supplement, like our Probiotic + Enzyme capsules.
While you can’t control that person on the subway that has a coughing fit and doesn’t cover their mouth, you can help your immune system get off to the right start. The best defense is a good offense and by incorporating simple whole foods to your diet, making activity a part of your lifestyle and getting plenty of sleep so your body has time to repair itself, you are giving your body the best support possible to stay healthy this winter.
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