Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity!
By Donna Stark
There are usually only a few times throughout the year when your body's immune system is called to the frontlines, but with the year we have been having, those times have been pretty consistent, haven't they? And now that we are stepping into our normal cold and flu season, you may be wondering what you can do to help it out a little bit. If you are looking for ways to strengthen and boost your immunity, look no further! Your chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have a few suggestions in mind. Take a look.
Getting Adequate Sleep
If you are not getting adequate sleep every night, your immune system may be compromised. Sleep is the time your body uses to reduce stress and improve the function of your infection-fighting cells. If you don't prioritize your sleep, you could be leaving yourself open to an increased risk of getting sick, so be sure to take the necessary steps each night that will help you get the rest your body needs.
Spending Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors can energize your infection-fighting cells and increase your levels of Vitamin D in the body. Vitamin D for better immunity? You bet! Vitamin D helps to facilitate normal immune system function, so heading outdoors as often as you can and getting your fill of this sunshine vitamin is definitely in your best interests!
Reducing Your Stress
Chronic stress can suppress your immune system's response to invaders and make illnesses more difficult to treat. Try to establish healthy stress-reducing techniques into your daily lifestyle, such as deep-breathing exercises, meditation, or nightly journaling.
Practicing Good Hygiene
Practicing good hygiene isn't difficult to do, but it will have a tremendous impact on your overall health and wellness. Be sure to wash your hands several times throughout the day, avoid sharing spaces with those who are sick, keep your hands away from your face, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and disinfect the common areas of your home and office frequently.
Eating Well and Exercising Daily
A balanced diet filled with nutrient-dense foods and at least 30 minutes of exercise every day will help boost and strengthen your body's immune system. Take the time to plan your meals each week and be sure to schedule your workouts. If it's written down and marked on your calendar, you will be more inclined to stick with these healthy behaviors.
A Stronger Immune System
You may not be able to prevent all illnesses heading your way, but you will be able to reduce the risk of getting sick by strengthening your immune system! So follow the simple tips above and get ready for a healthier end to your year.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Sacramento, Calif.