5 Simple Ways to support your immune system:
In the midst of this current pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty, fear, and misinformation. One thing that we can all agree upon is our immune systems should get as much support as possible. We often think of individuals with compromised immune systems like the elderly or persons with acute illness but diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity leave many of us across all age groups vulnerable. Here are 5 simple ways you can support your immune system.
1.Rest: The role of adequate rest in the prevention of illness is highly disregarded in the generation of "Team no Sleep" but studies have shown that just one night of inadequate rest can have dire consequences that often cannot be compensated for. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. It allows your body to reset & your immune system to function properly. If you have challenges with insomnia consider drinking teas like chamomile, valerian root, or holy basil (tulsi). Here is a bedtime yoga routine that you can add to your bedtime rituals.
- Minimize stress: Stress is devastating to the body in ways that are yet to be understood. Research has shown the immune system being suppressed because of hormones released in response to stress. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system (e.g. lowers the number of lymphocytes). Stress can also have an indirect effect on the immune system as a person may use unhealthy behavioral coping strategies to reduce their stress, such as drinking & smoking. When possible eliminate stressors or reduce contact. In addition, activities like journaling, walking, working out, meditation, yoga, & mindfulness exercises can support managing stress.
- Drink water: Water helps to carry oxygen to your body cells, which results in properly functioning systems. It also works in removing toxins from the body, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up & having a negative impact on your immune system. You can add fresh lemon & lime juice for an added boost to your water. Looking for an alternative water recipe try out this chia Fresca recipe.
- Get some Sun: Skin exposure to sunlight stimulates Vitamin D synthesis, which performs several roles within the immune system. Furthermore, it can assist with fighting depression. Staying inside for long periods of time without getting out can lead to “winter blues” even when we are not in the winter season.
- Eat fresh fruits & Vegetables: Many of the pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals that we ingest source the active ingredient from fruits & vegetables. However, they do not always have the supporting bioactive elements present in the plants they were sourced from that allow our bodies to be more efficient inactivation and utilization. Recent studies have shown that processed foods are having a detrimental impact on our body from high blood pressure to cancer. Increase the number of fruits, & vegetables in your diet. Grab Yes Baby I Like it Raw cookbook to help you in your journey to have healthier options for your diet.