Immune system boosters are in high demand these days. A strong immune system protects your body against disease-causing viruses and microorganisms. When a germ evades the immune system it makes you sick. That is why a healthy immune system is so important. It can shorten how long you are sick, reduce the severity of the illness and even prevent you from getting sick in the first place.
There are a number of natural strategies that can be used to promote a strong, healthy immune system. While everyone is different, there are simple lifestyle and dietary changes you can make to boost your immune system. This way, if you do encounter an infectious virus or microorganism, your immune system will be able to fight it to the best of its ability.
Seven Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
1. Get Plenty of Sleep
Having a good sleep schedule is not only the best thing you can do for your body, it is also essential for a strong immune system. In a 2015 study, adults that slept less than 6 hours a night were more susceptible to catching the common cold virus. While sleeping, your body is restocking protective proteins called cytokines. Specific cytokines are needed to fight infections and these are made while you sleep. For an adult, 7-8 hours of sleep is recommended to effectively recharge the immune system and body. Therefore, it is encouraged to give your body those critical hours of sleep that it needs to function effectively!
2. Eat your Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and Vegetables are one of the best sources of natural vitamins and minerals. Citrus fruits and berries are known to be the best sources of Vitamin C and antioxidants. These reduce inflammation and can shorten the duration of certain illnesses like the common cold. Many veggies, like spinach, ginger, garlic, broccoli, and bell peppers are excellent sources of micronutrients such as, zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E. These nutrients are required for a healthy immune system and deficiencies have been linked to weakened immune system function.
Additionally, the fiber in these fruits and vegetables are great for supporting your gut microbiome. These are the beneficial bacteria that live in your gastrointestinal tract. A healthy microbiome has been tied to the ability to reduce infection from certain viruses, including the influenza virus.
3. Drink Tea
Studies show that drinking tea can improve your immune system (sorry, drinking coffee does not have the same effect). Evidence suggests that green tea, rooibos tea and camomile tea contain antioxidants and nutrients that act as immune system boosters. This is because tea contains L-theanine that is converted into ethylamine, which is the molecule that primes the immune system’s gamma-delta T Cells. These cells are the first line of defense against viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
4. Quit Smoking
Smoking cigarettes can lower your immune system and make you vulnerable to many common illnesses that you may have otherwise brushed off easily. This is due to cigarette smoke decreasing immune system antibodies and cells that protect against foreign invaders. The good news is that in a recent study, participants showed a significant increase in the number of immune system antibodies and cells just 3 months after they quit smoking.
Even during the lockdown, top officials at the CDC and WHO encouraged everyone to continue to exercise and be active. Not only is exercise great for your mental health, but it is also a great immune system booster. A 2019 study showed that moderate to vigorous exercise lasting less than an hour showed an increase in immune cells circulating throughout the body. This means these germ-fighting cells will be in the right place to attack any invading pathogens. This is due to exercise increasing blood circulation, which mobilizes immune cells and spreads them throughout your body. The result is an increase immune response at the first sign of infection. A 2011 study showed that participants who performed an aerobic workout five days a week lowered the number of upper respiratory illness by 40%!
Dietary supplements are a good alternative to fill in the gap of minerals and vitamins that may be lacking in your diet. Vitamin supplements such as Vitamin D, C, B6 and mineral supplements like Calcium are all available in pharmacies and grocery stores. It is advised to consult your doctor before taking any supplement, especially if you have other health conditions as some supplements might cause side effects. However, is advisable to get most of your vitamins and minerals through a healthy diet and use supplements as an added bonus!
7. Immunity Boosting IV Drip Therapy
Immunity IV drips are designed to be immune system boosters that provide the body with hydration, vitamin C and zinc the body needs for a strong immune system. IV drip therapy delivers these nutrients directly into the bloodstream increasing their absorption and delivering these nutrients directly to the cells that need them. Vitality Internal Medicine’s Immunity Boosting IV Drip contains a high dose of vitamin C and zinc, which has been associated with strengthening the immune response by protecting the body from infection, shorting the duration or severity of infection. Many people who find themselves on the verge of a cold or flu who receive immunity IV drips report feeling better much faster than without it.
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