Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Increase Your Immunity

It feels like everyone I know is getting sick.  There's more than one illness going around right now, and a whole bunch of people have fallen victim to a variety of symptoms that include sore throats, coughing, and nausea.  Fun, right?  Yeah, no.
Fortunately, though, just as there are ailments, there are some easy, natural ways to give your immune system a bit of a boost.

1. Sleep! I cannot stress enough the importance of getting a good, long rest during the night.  When you're sleeping, your body can recharge itself, and your immune system will thank you by being extra strong in its efforts to keep all the bad bugs away.  Think of sleeping not as a luxury but as an absolutely essential task that is necessary to reinforce your defenses.  No sleep equals vulnerability, fatigue, and--you guessed it--illness.

How I feel...

2. Exercise.  If you're already sick, hitting the gym may not be the best idea, but, if you're trying to keep yourself well, getting exercise is a great way to condition and strengthen your immune system. Any sort of exercise--cardio, yoga, strength training--will improve your overall fitness and help you de-stress and detox, giving your immune system a sort of hug that will up its defense abilities.

3. Probiotics.  These "good bugs" will up the production of helpful antibodies, improving your immune strength.  According to this article, athletes taking probiotics had 40% fewer colds.

4. Elderberry. This is a personal favorite!  Antioxidants work wonders for your body, and elderberries can even help make your flu go away faster!  #awesome

5. Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help fight off harmful bacteria, and it has antioxidant properties, too.  Yay!

6. Healthy foods.  I know, I know--we hear this all the time.  But that's only because it's so true!  Eating wholesome, organic, healthy foods (blueberries, broccoli, squash...) really does help make you healthier, inside and out.

Want more info?  Check out these articles:

"7 Ways Vitamin C Boosts the Immune System" 

"How to Boost Your Immune System" 

"Natural Solutions; Boost Your Immune System"

Stay healthy!
<3 Frances

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