Different Ways to Boost your Immune System This Winter
The Immune System is the body’s defence mechanism – the army with which the body protects itself. The troops that make up this army are the white blood cells. Your immune system doesn’t work independently to the rest of your body and can respond positively to certain lifestyle choices and negatively to others.
Avoid succumbing to bugs this winter try these tips:
- Exercise –
Winter weather reduces our movement. Exercise supports our detox organs and keeps our lymph moving.
- Get Outside –
Reduced fresh air and sunshine in the winter impair the immune system.
- Sleep –
The greatest tool for stress reduction and immune support is sleep. Commit to at least eight hours a night.
- Alcohol –
Be mindful of alcohol consumption. Too much depresses the immune system and makes it easier to get sick.
- Hand Washing –
So simple we forget. Wash your hands with hot water especially after computer use before making food.
- Vitamin D3 –
Take 3,000 – 4,000 IU of Vitamin D3 to help reduce winter flu and seasonal moodiness.
- Probiotics –
Good bacteria detox what we eat and modulate immune system.
- Enzymes –
Take enzymes with heavy holiday meals to improve digestion.
- Multi –
Be consistent about taking a daily multivitamin with high levels of B-Vitamins, C and Zinc.
- Immune Boosting Drinks –
Have lots of bone broth, turmeric + ginger tea, and green juice + ginger this winter.
- Fruits + Veggies –
Bump up your intake of plant foods and green powders. Plant phytonutrients help reduce stress and inflammation.
- Reduce Triggers Foods –
Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, and Alcohol are the most common trigger foods. Be intentional about when you eat them or substitute for clean whole foods.