It’s human nature to hibernate during the winter months. Unfortunately, staying indoors inevitably increases the spread of germs. Of course it’s impossible to avoid all germs, but there are ways in which you can boost your immune system, making your body stronger in fighting off those nasty microbes.
Keeping your immune system in top condition is a matter of taking the time to keep yourself in tip-top shape. Below are some tips to help keep your immune system running smoothly:
1. Get plenty of beneficial bacteria.
You can boost your good bacteria count by taking a daily probiotic with a minimum of 20 billion cfu of mixed strains lactobacillus and bifidus. Something I learned while healing my gut was that that antibiotics and antacids affect gut flora and will make your gut symptoms worse. Boost your flora with probiotics to keep your immune system in tip top shape.
2. Mange your stress.
Lack of sleep combined with stress can drain your body, leaving your immune system weak and vulnerable. To manage your stress levels, try to set aside time in the week to relax. Try yoga or meditation for some quiet time alone. It’s important to stay active and social, and remember to clock in those eight hours. If life is bogging you down, listen to your body and take a breather.
3. Eat organic.
A healthy diet does wonders for your immune system. Avoid processed foods and load up on organic fruits and veggies. Remember to get enough antioxidant-rich foods, as they help to combat awful free radicals which are responsible for cell and DNA damage, as well as autoimmune disease, inflammation and cancer. Choose colorful fruits and leafy greens high in vitamins C, A and phytonutrients that are good for your defense system.
4. Make sure to get your nutrients.
Aim to get these vitamins into your diet: