Practical ways to support your immune system
Everywhere you look you’re no doubt seeing top tips to BOOST your immune system.
As much as I wish that there was a magic food or pill that you could take for an instantly boosted immune system – the truth is that it involves a bit more care over time.
The good news is that the steps we need to take to support our immune system are not complicated ones.
Find ways to manage stress
Stress can have a huge impact on the health of our immune system, so much so that I thought it important to address it first.
If you want to support your immune system, it’s crucial that we also learn to manage stress.
How we do so will look different for everyone and may include any number of things including meditation, yoga, deep breathing, exercising, sleeping well, spending time with loved ones, deep breathing, journaling, reading etc.
Find what works for you and take active steps to make them happen.
Move your body
Physical activity however it looks to you is an important part of having a healthy immune system. It contributes to overall good health and by doing so is supporting a healthy immune system as well.
One way, in particular, it can do so is by promoting good circulation within the body which allows cells and other parts of the immune system do their job more effectively.
Moderate amounts of daily exercise as opposed to ‘wearing yourself out’ has been shown to have the greatest impact.
Get plenty of sleep
Similar to physical activity, sleeping well supports our immune system by simply being good for us all around!
It’s going to help manage stress, it will help us to make better food choices and without adequate sleep, our body makes fewer cytokines.
Cytokines are a type of protein that target infections and inflammation and essentially create an immune response that can help fight off infection.
These Cytokines are both produced and released while we sleep!
Take proactive steps to avoid infection
It may seem like a no-brainer but by engaging in steps to ensure good personal hygiene we’re proactively preventing infection before it even begins.
These steps include washing your hands well, coughing into your elbow, and practicing food safety such as washing meat, fruit and vegetables (as well as your hands) before eating.
Nourish your body with good food and Good Green Vitality
And of course, there’s diet.
I saved this for last on purpose as the equally important basics above are often overlooked.
That being said, having a healthy body by eating the right balance of healthy foods will certainly improve the overall function of your immune system.
Eat a variety of foods such as fruits and veggies as well as fibre-filled legumes and whole grains.
Probiotic foods shouldn’t be overlooked either as they can help a healthy digestive system (crucial to the functioning of our immune system). Have you tried Vita Biosa?
On top of all this, if there ever was one supplement that I would wholeheartedly recommend as an important part of keeping our immune system healthy it’s Good Green Vitality.
It contains immune-supporting ingredients such as Panax Ginseng, Burdock and Beta-glucans all of which can reduce the incidence of common colds.
Not only that but overall it has dozens of ingredients that will support us to feel great, sleep great, manage stress and motivate action.
And so, supporting your immune system is not rocket science.
It’s about getting back to basics through good sleep, less stress, moving your body and eating well and thanks to Good Green Vitality we can fill in any gaps along the way.
The information provided in this article is intended for educational purposes only and is general advice. It should not, nor is it intended to be, relied on as a substitute for individual medical advice or care. If the contents of this, or any other of the blogs in this series raises any concerns or questions regarding your health, please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner.