How to Boost Your Immune System, Naturally
March 5, 2020
Reduce stress. T-cells are white blood cells that play a major role in immune response and defense against pathogens. Prolonged stress interferes with efficient signaling and reduces antibodies that line the gut and respiratory system (our first line of defense).
Decrease alcohol intake and quit smoking. Both activities interfere with immune system pathways overall, weakening the immune system.
Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps mobilize T-cells, boosting your immune system.
Get your ZZZ’s. Lack of sleep wreaks havoc on your overall physical and mental health and the ability of your immune system to work effectively
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds and keep your hands away from your face. You’d be surprised how many germs you come into contact with daily.
What should I include in my diet to boost immunity?
- Antioxidants to fight free radicals and provide protection
- Veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds are loaded with immune boosting nutrients
- Cruciferous vegetable such as kale, broccoli and cabbage help the liver detoxification process
- Essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 can be found in oily fish and some seeds
- Garlic and ginger are believed to help with strengthen immunity
Vitamins to Help Boost Immunity
Vitamin A helps maintain the body’s natural defenses, aiding the production of white blood cells and keeping the mucous membranes healthy.
Vitamin B-6 boosts immune responses by promoting antibody production and immune signaling.
Vitamin C is well-known for immune system health. It also plays a role in white blood cell production and functioning, cell protection, enhanced collagen generation and improved stress response.
Vitamin D helps activate and regulate immune responses.
Probiotics are essential for digestive/gut health which, is preliminary to immune health.
Herbs and Other Natural Nutrients
- Green Tea
- Olive Leaf
Make sure you’re taking necessary steps by providing your body with essential nutrients to keep your immune system strong!