How To Boost Your Immunity Year Round - Blog
It's that time of year again!
Keep colds at bay and sail through winter in perfect health with these immunity boosting tips. They will also keep you in good health year round.
11 simple ways to improve your body’s immune defences...
PROTECT YOURSELFPeople pass on viruses easily, especially in confined work environments. One of the best preventative measures is regularly washing your face and hands in hot, soapy water. Wipe any shared surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes or spray. Use anti-bacterial wipes or solution when you’re away from home. A natural anti-bacterial solution is Eucalyptus oil which has powerful antimicrobial properties, so it provides powerful protection.
BLOW YOUR NOSE OFTEN - EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE TOThis may sound a bit silly, but airborne viruses can lodge in the nasal passages (the most common area for them to enter the body), and blowing your nose gets them out of there. Eucalyptus oil can also help. Breathe in the aromatics of the oil by putting some on a tissue or using a eucalyptus inhaler, such as the Vicks brand. This tip is especially important when you’re flying on a plane or taking public transport and sitting next to a fellow passenger who is coughing and sneezing; the eucalyptus helps halt the virus in its tracks.
WARM UPYou may notice that whenever you get a virus your body temperature drops. You need to quickly elevate it again to activate the immune response. Run on the spot, put on a coat, or, have a hot drink. If you can it’s a good idea to have a hot bath or shower straightaway. (If you have cardiovascular disease or use blood-thinning medication, be sure to take proper care or consult your doctor.)
HYDRATEDehydration opens the way for viruses to attack, because your cells can’t absorb the nutrients and medications that enter the body. Try sipping water throughout the day to aid this absorption.
EAT GOOD FOODAs the immune system starts in the gut, so eating well is critical. When you eat a poor-quality diet, microorganisms in the intestine that perform a number of useful functions, change and can compromise the immune system. Try regularly eating yoghurt with live cultures; as it boosts beneficial gut bacteria. Include plenty of herbs and spices – most have immunity-enhancing properties. Garlic, ginger, parsley, mint, coriander, black pepper, chillies, and turmeric are all excellent sources.
SIMPLIFYIn addition to eating well, you also want to eat simply. The Mediterranean diet is one of the best diets for building and maintaining a healthy immune system. Think brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as your basis. Then bring in some protein, such as deep-sea fish, including salmon, sardines, and mackerel. If you can eat the bones in canned sardines and salmon, even better: Their high calcium content is a powerful immunity booster.
AVOID SUGARThere are numerous studies that suggest that sugar lowers the immune response. You should avoid sugar when you are fighting off a virus, including carbohydrates; except for fresh fruits and vegetables. Sugar consumption should be kept to a minimum in your daily diet in general to maintain optimum health.
GET VITAMIN CThere’s no question that vitamin C enhances immunity. For continuous protection, take a time-release product or take several supplements during the day. Include vitamin-C-rich foods in each of your three meals and two snacks every day. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Try a juice of carrot, apple, celery, half a lemon, half an orange, and some peel.
SLEEPOur bodies and cells rejuvenate when we sleep, so if you don’t get adequate rest, you weaken your immune system. If you have difficulty sleeping, read our article Expert advice: 5 tips to get a better night's sleep tonight. If you feel a cold coming on, if you can take the afternoon off work to sleep you can often nip it in the bud, and one afternoon off is better than a whole week feeling ill and taking more time off work!
SUPPLEMENTAbout Health formulated Oli-Resist™ a unique Olive Leaf extract, immune support tonic. Stressors in our modern lives and nutrient depleted food sources are not able to provide us with the boost we need when our immunity is compromised. Our bodies have an in-built army of cells, specially designed to protect us from illness and supplements can keep our army fighting for us when a virus invades. The herbs in OLI-RESIST™ are:
THINK YEAR ROUNDMany people build up their immunity in the month leading up to winter and stop when spring arrives. Instead, use these tips every day, because your immune system links to all cells in the body.
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