Tips to Boost Your Immune System & How to Reinforce Your Health
During this wonderful time of year, many people become susceptible to seasonal threats of the misery of colds and flu. There are plenty of remedies and preventative measures for minimizing and eliminating stress, which weakens the immune system, thus allowing our bodies to be attacked. This post includes measures to help prevent, or at least shorten the duration of, any mind numbing and holiday wrecking cold or flu.
Wash Your Hands frequently with an antibacterial soap, or essential oils. Also, try not to touch your face. Germs are everywhere, from door handles to cell phones and even money. Be aware your surroundings. Carry a small sanitizer with you. A few essential oils known for their antibacterial qualities; Lemon, Wild Orange and OnGuard, to name a few.
Exercise! Get up and move, whether its walking, cycling or kick-boxing, and there are plenty more! Regular physical activity flushes the bacteria from your lungs and airways and reduces the chance of getting sick. According to WebMD, you are improving your overall fitness when you work out, thus causing the body to create more white blood cells. White blood cells fight infection and attack bacteria.
Getting your Z's - Sleep is paramount to the health of your brain, your skin and your immune system. Seven to eight hours of sleep per night is recommended by the MayoClinic. This gives your body a chance to restore itself and your immune system can produce amino acids which fight infection and inflammation.
Vitamin C & Immune boosting food! Feed your body more of what it needs- Vitamin C which can be found in citrus fruit, besides oranges, also lemons, limes, grapefruit and even red bell peppers. Vitamin C increases the product of white blood cells. A few other spices, or oils, can aid in defending and protecting your body are; garlic, ginger, spinach and turmeric to name a few! Be sure to read other posts on this site about the grade of essential oils, some are not safe to take internally.
Tea- Green Tea is chock full of antioxidants and has a plethora of health benefits. Catechin builds the immune system, polyphenols have anti-inflammatory properties and teas that have ingredients such as turmeric, ginger or cocoa are also beneficial. Look for organic teas, these don't have the added caffeine. Sipping warm/hot water infused with lemon and honey soothes and heals the body.
So slow down, plan your events carefully, as well as what you put in your body and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help the body flush out toxins.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy New Year!
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, please consult your primary care provider before using these products. They are based on personal usage, testimonies and some scientific studies by independent third party labs.