It’s time to take action to boost your immune system, naturally. Learning how to naturally strengthen your immune system is especially important in this global climate, with the COVID-19 pandemic making everyone more aware of good practices for immune health.
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick or be able to better fight off illness is by keeping your immune system strong with nourishing foods and a healthy lifestyle.
Let’s start by talking about factors that lower your immune system:
Sleep is so important! Certain cells like natural killer cells are lowered, so we are prone to infection. The quality of your sleep directly affects your immune system, so try and aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep. No light, cool room, no electronics, avoid night eating.⠀
*Passion Flower extract helps you get into a deep restful sleep.
Sugar actually suppresses the immune system! The results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) demonstrates that the amount of sugar in two sweetened beverages lowers immune response by 50% for up to five hours after drinking or eating. Sugar also feeds the bad bacteria, the yeast, the fungi in your gut.70-80% of your immune system lives within your gut. Sugar depletes you of the nutrients you need for a strong immune system. Ditch the sugar!
While some stress is actually good, and can contribute to a healthy immune system because it strengthens your body’s ability to fight, too much stress can compromise your immunity. If you find yourself overly stressed, be sure to take measures to relax. Have a nap. Read a book. Do dee breathing. Practice yoga. Enjoy a bath. Take healthy measures to unwind.
So whatboosts our immune system:
Get seven to nine hours of sleep. Figure out your sweet spot. Just like being sleep deprived, your immune system does not function optimally when you are in the stress response.
40-70% of Canadians are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body identify bacteria and viruses, it helps keeps our immune system, bones, heart, lungs and brain strong. Since there’s not a wide variety of vitamin D-rich foods (besides salmon, sardines, egg yolks, and certain mushrooms) and the sunlight is scarce in winter, almost everyone can benefit from supplementing with vitamin D. It helps prevent seasonal affective disorder and winter blues. Canadians need vitamin D. Most experts recommend taking it with food, and suggest taking it in the morning with breakfast.
This antioxidant vitamin protects your cells against free radicals, energizes your healing process, and helps your body form blood vessels, muscle, and collagen.
Your body doesn’t produce vitamin C naturally, so it’s crucial you get it from foods, like citrus, berries, bell peppers, leafy greens, and tomatoes. Additionally, a variety of vitamin C-rich gummies, chewable tablets, and more can be found at your local health food Vitamin C helps stimulate white blood cells. Eat the rainbow. Here’s a simple way to remember: at lunch and dinner, eat half your plate should be fruits and vegetables.
The key is to eat colour. Eat a rainbow of foods, which have high sources of vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and selenium.
Protein fights infection because it helps make antibodies. Sprouts and pumpkin seeds are good examples of excellent protein sources for vegans or vegetarians.
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Psychological stress does happen to our immune system. Focus on the good things in your life and do things that make you happy.
Go walking or sunbathing in the fresh air (preferably in nature) to bolster your immunity, naturally.
Call them or FaceTime to get an instant boost of good vibes that will support your physical and mental health.
These small measures can go a long way towards feeling grounded, helping to put you into a parasympathetic state where your body can rest, heal and digest.⠀
How do you plan to naturally strengthen your immune system? Share in the comments!
Due to COVID-19, shipping systems the world over are experiencing abnormal delays. There is an enormous demand on postal and delivery services as online shopping has skyrocketed, due to store closures and stay-at-home mandates. This is an unprecedented situation, and we are working around the clock to fulfill your orders as quickly as possible. To be clear, we are filling orders in 4-6 days, and we are shipping immediately after that. Once shipped, our shipping partner, UPS, will get your order out to you as quickly as possible. Thanks for your support and understanding.
We want you to start your fitness journey with us as quickly as possible, that’s why we send every package to the USA & Canada via expedited or standard shipping with our partners at UPS. Once your order is received and processed, it typically takes 2-4 days to get to you once it leaves our warehouse. That’s our commitment and we stand by it.
We ship within Canada and the United States via UPS with Standard & Expedited shipping (whichever is faster)
For locations outside of the US and Canada, we ship using FedEx International (EUROPE and Other Nations), which is usually in transit for 7-10 business days, depending on location.
We ship all of our physical products with UPS, from our warehouse location in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Delays caused due to custom withholds are not included in these estimated delivery times.
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