The key to good health and living your best life is a strong immune system. Weakened immune systems are more susceptible to colds, flu and other serious illnesses. Your immune health is influenced by the lifestyle choices you make every day. By supporting your body's own natural ability to defend itself against pathogens, you can be better prepared for anything that comes your way.
7 ways to support your immune system, naturally.
1. Eat Organic, Whole Foods
Eating clean, nutrient-rich foods is essential to keep your immune system healthy & strong. Nutritional deficiencies make us much more susceptible to viruses & bacteria. Cut out processed foods, and eat fruits & veggies with natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.
2. Sleep Well
Sleep deprivation and disruption of our sleep-wake cycle can cause an activation of the inflammatory immune response. Our bodies heal during sleep. Try to get a full 7-8 hours and keep your phone and other electrical equipment away when you sleep- it may help your body naturally produce melatonin.
Try our Mood Tonic 30 minutes before bed, featuring a natural sleep aid, kava root and stress-reducing adaptogen, reishi.
3. Enjoy Nature
Fresh air can stimulate our immune system through cells in our lungs. Deep breathing exercises can also help bring more oxygen to our blood. Try relaxing exercises that can promote blood and lymph circulation.
Look into Wim Hof breathing techniques (watch the safety video first!), or escape LA pollution for a weekend and take a road trip to the great outdoors.
4. Self-Love, Self-Care and Mental Health
Many consider stress & anxiety as the leading cause for decreased immune response. Take a long bath, get a massage, sit in the sauna, meditate, do yoga, laugh more, worry less & be less critical of yourself!
Try dry brushing daily to get rid of dead skin cells and boost your lymphatic system and improve circulation. Always brush in circular motions towards the heart!
5. Cut Out Refined Sugar
A few grams of sugar can destroy your white blood cells ability to resist infections for several hours! Sugar also curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. Replace sugar with fruits and veggies rich in vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and zinc.
6. More of these...
- Hand-washing! One of the simplest and most effective means of preventing the spread of flu and other infectious diseases. Use hot soap & water for at least 20 seconds.
- Light exercise. Something as simple as walking a mile a few times per week helps your lymphatic system cleanse impurities and therefore boost your immune system. Yoga and pilates also work wonders.
- Time for yourself. Learn when to say NO and remove yourself from stressful situations at work or at home.
7. Load up on natural immune-supporting ingredients, including some of nature's best antivirals:
Find these and more superfoods in our QUICK FIX PACK
or fill up your JuiceKription
We also recommend: Probiotics with an array of species (30 to 50 billion colonies and at least 8 strains of bacteria), Bone Broth, adaptogenic mushrooms such as reishi, shiitake, antioxidant rich Manuka honey!
We're here to support you, support your immune system! Contact us with questions or recommendations. As always, please consult your doctor if you have serious health concerns. This should not replace medical advice.