Stay Healthy With Immune Boosting Tips That Work
Get healthy and stay on top form for the upcoming cooler months when illnesses surface
For the most part, your immune system is a strong bodyguard designed to defend your physiological system against microorganisms that attack and cause weakness. However, even bodyguards get tired and feel rundown by little invaders that deplete you of energy and make you feel sick.
Boosting your immune system ensures that your internal bodyguard is given the right nutrients and exercise to boost strength and create a physiological stronghold against sicknesses such as the common cold, Parainfluenza, Streptococcus, Coronavirus, croup-causing Adenovirus, and more.
As the colder months approach, now is the time to build on the healthy foundation that you built up this past summer, with these few tips:
The digestive system is governed by intestinal flora that keeps all operations in check. The moment your digestion is out of sync, you start to feel bloated, sick and gassy, all of which lead to gastrointestinal infections and, in some cases, respiratory issues. Take refrigerated probiotics every day and reduce infections.
Garlic is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, immune boosting qualities, making it the perfect bodyguard booster. You can up your garlic intake by swallowing one clove every day, like you would headache tablets. Cooking garlic is known to deactivate the illness-fighting qualities so health professionals suggest adding it to food just before serving – if you can fathom eating the wonder clove uncooked.
Alcohol is an emotional depressant and consuming too much of it has proved to also depress the immune system and escalate vulnerability to sickness and disease. Stick with water or herbal teas that make you feel fantastic, and avoid the hangover at the same time.
A popular herb known for its flu and cold-fighting properties, Echinacea is an age-old remedy used through the centuries to fight various illnesses and infections thanks to its phenols, which are active substances that protect the plant from infections. Available over the counter at any pharmacy and health shop, it’s available in liquid and tablet form, to be taken daily.
A lack of shut eye creates stress by increasing cortisol, which over creates serious havoc with the immune system. Getting to bed early and getting sleep makes life and all those stressful situations much easier to manage. Sleep deprivation is a torture technique for a reason: it is mentally depressing, completely fogs the mind and information starts blending together. It ages your body, mind and skin, and impairs your judgement, in addition to causing other symptoms of mental and physical deterioration.
A few things will need to be eliminated from your diet and lifestyle if you wish to make it through the cold months without succumbing to the foggy-headed lethargy that accompanies illness. Stop smoking, get regular exercise, monitor your blood pressure and eat foods high in grains and low in saturated fats. Fill up with your daily vitamins, including Vitamins A, B12, C, D, E and Zinc, alongside your garlic clove, and don’t forget your fill of water.
Take the time to sort out your internal bodyguard and you’d be surprised as how much your bodyguard will look after you. Boosting your immune system is as easy as changing your mindset.