- Jan 12, 2021
- 3 minutes
7 best immune system boosters
1 - Keep Stress to a Minimum
I know this is a tough one as stress catches up with us all and it is a part of everyday life, we must learn to deal with it. Don’t get frustrated over the smaller things in life. Chronic stress has been shown to alter our immune response, this basically means that things like stress, frustration, anxiety, and anger can all dampen our body’s defenses.
2 - Get Some Fresh Air
Regardless of the weather this winter always make your best efforts to get outside and stay active; go for long walks, or try to do some outdoor exercise. The fresh air that comes from nature is the best tonic for our physical health and immunity, it pumps your blood full of fresh oxygenated air which simply isn’t available from gyms' smelly air conditioning.
3 - Drink Green Tea
We hear all the time these days how good green tea is essential for us and how often we should drink it. Well, this isn’t for no reason; on top of doing things like boosting your metabolism and providing an alternative to generic fat burners. Green Tea is also a potent anti-oxidant which is key to keeping your body strong as it fights off the free radicals we find in our everyday environment (pollution, pesticides, etc).On top of this Green Tea supports the growth of “good” intestinal bacteria, while stopping the ‘bad’, namely e-coli, clostridium, and salmonella which can wreak havoc on our digestive system.
4 - Cod Liver Oil
This stuff is amazing and something I always keep a bottle of in my fridge. It is packed with absorbable forms of Vitamin A and D. Vitamin D is essential for the immune system and due to it only being available from the sun, the bleak months of winter are times when we are in dire need of an extra hit to boost our immunity. I would suggest taking 1-2 teaspoons of cod liver oil a day, it's probably the best bang for your buck supplement you can buy. Just make sure you get a high-quality version that hasn’t had its vitamins removed/distilled and keep your bottle in the fridge.
5 - Up Your Vitamin C
Firstly always keep on hand a good quality Vitamin C supplement for times you are feeling run down or stressed. Not only is it a great anti-oxidant Vitamin C is a potent Cortisol blocker. More importantly than taking it in supplement form though is to eat your local and fresh fruit. It's no coincidence that just as the flu/cold season starts all the amazing citrus fruits come into season they are packed to the brim with Vitamin C and will help keep your immune system in top shape. So load up on oranges as soon as they come into season, eat them whole, and avoid the juice from packets the nutrients are all gone as is the fiber, plus it's just more fun to peel an orange and eat it!!
6 - Relax
Do whatever you enjoy doing to relax and feel your body. Things like deep meditation, hot baths, and massages really let your lymphatic system work to flush out toxins and detox your body. Try taking up yoga or learn to meditate, all these things will definitely help you.
7 - Get Some Color On Your Plate and Cook
Eat a variety, make sure when you go shopping you get all kinds of fresh and exciting foods to cook with. Experiment with things like peppers and buy loads of fresh herbs and spices. These things will keep you in great shape all year round not only staving off illness but they will allow you to feel great! Cooking is not only a great stress reliever, it will save you money and allow you to experiment with fresh and tasty products.