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Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Boost Your Immune System Naturally

immune systemImmune system health is incredibly important because it protects you from getting sick. When your immune system is compromised or just not properly supported, you are far more susceptible to illness. Even if you live a relatively healthy lifestyle, you may not be maximizing your immune system health as you could be and in the time of a pandemic and winter, you should do everything you can to boost your immune system as a preventative measure. The amazing thing about your body’s immune system is that, regardless of your health, you can do things to enhance it so that you are better protected. Below, we detail various natural ways that you can support and boost your immune system.

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

  •  Get Your Rest

    • Sleep is highly underrated when it comes to your immune health. Getting adequate sleep is essential when trying to support your immune system. The Mayo Clinic explains the scientific reasoning behind why sleep impacts your immune function, “During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.”

  • Support Gut Health

    • The health of your gut impacts many different aspects of your overall health, including your immune system function. Your gut’s homeostasis is dependent on having good, healthy bacteria to protect your immune system because when healthy it produces protective antibodies. To support gut health you can take probiotics, eat a healthy and diverse diet, eat fermented foods, reduce stress, and stay active.

  • Eat a Healthy & Well-Rounded Diet

    • This is important in supporting your gut health and ultimately your overall immune system health. A diet that is diverse and includes things like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other nutrient-dense foods.

  • Get Your Vitamins

    • Getting an adequate amount of immune support vitamins is important and can be achieved in various ways.  The first and most obvious way is with healthy foods. But, sometimes that is not enough. Vitamin D is very important and something many relatively healthy adults are depleted in. While you can take a supplement, getting some time in the sun is an excellent and extremely effective way to naturally boost Vitamin D. Additionally, other immune-boosting vitamins include Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Zinc, and more can be found in foods or you may need to supplement your diet with vitamins and herbs. Consult your naturopath to determine which supplements may be best for you so that you can maximize your immune health.

November 4, 2021
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