How are your body’s natural defenses these days? If you continuously come down with the sniffles each season, they might not be so hot. Maintaining immune system health shouldn’t just be a cold and flu season concern; intentional lifestyle practices can help keep our immune systems functioning at tip top shape, which can do wonders for our year-round wellness!
Looking for some ideas to get you started? Here are a few habits you can build to support the health of your immune system:
1. Get Moving
It practically goes without saying that movement tends to do great things for the body. Whether you engage in rigorous workouts or gentle daily activity, regular exercise is a general key to wellness, and a surefire way to contribute to improved immunity!
2. Cut Down on Sugar
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, but by now, you probably know that sugar is quite the opposite of a good thing! Too much of it can actually suppress your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off disease. Skip added sugars and processed foods when you can in favor of balanced, whole foods-focused eating.
3. Pour a Glass of Light Up
Help your body be ready for anything by strengthening your internal defenses with Light Up! The superfoods and adaptogenic herbs (like Maca and Eleuthero) in this potent organic supermix help support your immune system, and there are added benefits when you mix Light Up into water: being well hydrated with H2O is a great way to level up your immune system, too!
Worried about catching a cold? Catch some ZZZs! It’s been well studied that the more sleep deprived you are, the more likely you are to get sick. Aim for seven or more hours of sleep and practice good sleep “hygiene” to improve sleep quality, such as shutting off screens well before bedtime and having a consistent bedtime.
5. Try Kitchen Herbalism
If you need a little extra help boosting your immune system, look no further than your own pantry! Many common kitchen spices are actually powerful immune boosters, like good old garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
6. Swap Your Cocktail for a Mocktail
As we know, moderation is key when it comes to alcohol consumption. Need another reason to go easy on the drinks? Alcohol isn’t a friend to our immune system — it can harm immune cells and have adverse effects on healthy gut bacteria that keep us well.
7. Consume Fermented Foods
Help keep your gut bacteria balanced by eating fermented foods every once in a while — your immune system will thank you! Probiotic rich foods may help you recover from being sick faster and keep you from catching something in the first place!
The immune system is intricate and complex, and it protects our body from infection and disease. Its importance can’t be overstated! Barring any immune system disorders, balancing immune system function can usually be achieved with healthy habits, when practiced regularly!