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Simple Tips To Support Your Immune System

Whether you are in denial or are aware that we are in a pandemic it is important for you to keep your immune system strong and healthy. Your immune system is the bodies natural defense to foreign invaders like viruses, diseases and bacterias in the body. As we go through our day we are CONSTANTLY exposed to foreign bodies to that of ourselves and this is why doing what you can to keep your immune system healthy is so important.

Everyone knows and accepts that flu season in upon us and does what they can to prepare for that time of year, it may be even more important then ever to up your immune system. But how you ask do you keep you immune system strong and available to combat viruses and disease? Here are some tips to help you have a strong and healthy immune system now and always.

  1. Take a multivitamin that has a portion of or you full daily needs of:
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Folate/folic acid
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Selenium

Each component plays a pivotal role in supporting your immune system. Where the vitamin lists having 25% or 200% of the daily recommendation that is still more then you would be getting without it.

2. Get your flu shot. Though there may be many different strains of the flu and the vaccine may only protect you from one or two, it can still help you lessen the effects and fight off the virus faster with less downtime. Getting your flu shot helps your immune system to be prepared for the upcoming season.

3. Eat more fresh foods like fruits and vegetables. The food we eat contains nutrients our body needs to be healthy and that is no different for our immune system. Certain foods have more healthy nutrients then others. Here are some foods that are great for your immune system:

  • Almonds
  • Hazelnuts and
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Cantaloupe
  • Squash
  • Bananas
  • Lean chicken breast
  • Cold-water fish
  • Oranges
  • Spinach and kale
  • Bell peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Papaya
  • Chickpeas
  • Yogourt

Of course what you ingest effects your body and mind in a big way, but especially now taking the time to prepare fresh foods is more important than ever. Maybe prepare some fresh soups, chilis, or curries to keep things simple.

4. Get the rest you need. If you usually get 6 hours aim for 7, if you get 8 try to take an extra nap, increase the amount of rest you are getting whenever you can. Your body rejuvenates and regenerates your cells as you sleep. Giving your mind, body and ultimately your immune system the rest in needs to fight foreign invaders will protect you from all disease and virus you encounter.

5. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer when possible. Put some hand sanitizer in your car, your office, your purse and your home. As you come and go throughout your day use it here and there, when you leave one place and enter another to help remove the germs you pick up along the way.

6. Keep your distance. We know this sounds redundant but have you really thought about why it’s so important? MANY different germs are spread through saliva, including COVID-19. Unless someone is intentionally spitting on you, the chances of their saliva coming into contact with you if you are 6 feet away is slight. If you are spending time with people who are spitting on you that is an issue for another blog.

7. Limit your exposure to news and media. This may seen like a strange tip, but the amount of stress we are under does effect our immune and nervous system. You may not realize it but what you are exposing your mind to is wearing down your immune system. There is nothing wrong with staying informed but there is also there opportunity to focus on the world that you are in.

8. Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others. We are in a stressful situation that has never really been experienced in modern day America. We are each having our own personal experience and attempting to deal with the situation as best we can. I can guarantee that not everyone is reacting in the same way and that is ok. Give people the space they need to feel safe.

Stay safe friends!! And Happy Holidays!