Flu season is around the corner. Are you ready to take it on? These simple lifestyle changes can help boost your body’s natural defenses!
The body is naturally designed to move, so get to it! Exercising helps you maintain a healthy weight and supports your heart health. Being active decreases stress hormones so your mind and body are in balance. Regular exercise boosts the cells in your immune system, so your body can fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Exercise also provides a natural way to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and many other conditions. So get to your yoga class, take a stroll with your pet, or fly a kite… it all counts as exercise as long as you keep moving!
Catch Some Zzz’s
Don’t yawn now! Being anxious, stressed out, and not getting enough sleep can make you sick. Your immune system is suppressed when cortisol (a hormone) is produced at a high rate. Sleep can fix that! If you’re having a problem sleeping, try a common remedy such as a warm bath, caffeine-free tea, or surround yourself with the scent of lavender. Lowering your risk of getting sick this season is as easy as getting enough sleep, so close your eyes and dream on.
Live a Little
A happy body is the home to a happy mind. Studies show that there is a strong connection between your emotional state and your immune system. Spending time with your loved ones or sharing a laugh with friends can actually help you fight off illnesses. Do what makes you happy from the inside so you can support feeling good from the outside.
It’s all About the Gut
Your digestive system is your body’s vitamin and nutrient factory. Fuel that factory with superfoods such as garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and lemons are naturally loaded with Vitamin C, and foods rich in probiotics (yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut) can help balance bacteria for a healthy digestive tract. Remember that food is a powerful tool: give your body what it needs to help fight seasonal illnesses.
Beat Illnesses to the Punch
Knock out your chances of getting sick. Start by getting your annual physical to help keep your overall health on track. Beat illnesses to the punch and see your primary care provider for preventative care such as immunizations, screenings, and tests.
A healthy life can boost your immune system. From your diet to your thoughts, it’s all connected. Make yourself feel good from the inside out and your immune system will follow!