With cold and flu season fast approaching, finding natural ways to boost your immune system can make a huge difference in your overall health. Why battle cold after cold if you can do something to help reduce your risk of getting sick with a natural solution? Here are some of the best natural ways to give your immune system a boost.
1. Use Your Spa Regularly
Did you know that hydrotherapy can offer you a natural approach to strengthening your immune system? While your spa isn’t a miracle cure for all that ails you, it can enhance your healthy lifestyle.
The heated water of your spa speeds your circulation which, in turn, boosts your white blood cell production. These cells can help the body to fight infection and other diseases by carrying them to the parts of your body where germs are present.
The heated water of your spa can also help you to sweat out toxins. As the heat warms you, blood and lymph fluid circulate more quickly through your body. Toxins are brought to the surface as you begin to sweat and they are washed away by the water.
2. Eat Immune Boosting Foods
Eating certain types of foods can help to keep your immune system strong and healthy. In fact, there are 15 super foods that you should incorporate into your diet on a regular basis.
At the top of the list is citrus fruits. Whether you choose clementines, oranges or grapefruit, these vitamin C-rich fruits are great for combating colds.
Another food loaded with vitamin C is red bell peppers. In fact, it has three times as much as the average orange and is also a good source of beta carotene which keeps your eyes and skin healthy.
Broccoli is another powerhouse veggie that is packed with vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and fibre. Other immune boosting foods are garlic, ginger, spinach, yogurt, almonds, sunflower seeds, turmeric, green tea, papaya, kiwi, poultry and shell fish.
3. Exercise Regularly
If exercise isn’t your thing, don’t despair. You don’t have to take up jogging or start doing burpees to improve your fitness. Any physical activity that raises your heart rate is good for your body, be it walking, golf, swimming or tennis.
Regular physical activity promotes good circulation, enabling white blood cells to move through the body more easily and do their job more efficiently. Exercise also helps you to be healthier overall, making your body better able to protect you from illness.
4. Be Well-Rested
Did you know that it can be difficult for your body to fight off cold and flu if you’re tired? A minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep will help your body be at it’s best to ward off illness.
Without adequate sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a protein that fights against infection and inflammation. Cytokines are produced and released during sleep so, if you’re not getting enough rest, it’s a double blow to your immune system.
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