Between a little tickle in your throat, a stuffy nose and a stomach that feels a little off, you could use a boost of immune system support!
There are certain times during the year such as back to school, November to January – typical flu season, heightened stress as well as prepping for travel when we could use a little extra support. Below are my five favourite ways give our immune systems a little boost.
What’s Your Sugar Load?
- Reduce your daily sugar intake. The average North American consumes 26 teaspoons of sugar daily. The average child, 33 teaspoons!!! The World Health Organization recommends no more than 4 teaspoons daily for children and 6 to 9 teaspoons for adults. Clearly, sugar has taken the place where whole foods packed with vitamins and minerals should be. Did you know that sugar also inhibits the function of our immune system for up to several hours after we have eaten it?
“Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks. Eat more fruits and vegetables, which are rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc.” Jun 14, 2017
- We need to learn to deal with stress positive ways. Unfortunately we spend much of our time running from this place to the next, piling way more on our to do lists that we could possible hope to accomplish in a single day. Your body was not meant to live life this way. Streamline the ‘to-do’ list and make time for regular exercise and relaxing time. Take a run and then soak in the tub with a good book!
Wash Your Hands!
- It seems basic but is definitely worth mentioning. Wash your hands & wash them well! Avoid the use of antibacterial soaps as we are finding that they are doing more harm than good. They are made with harmful chemicals and are also encouraging the germs to become better at surviving our attempts to get rid of them. A really good hand washing with regular soap and a little light scrubbing in between the fingers goes a long way. Also, remembering to cover those coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow helps contain those germs. Sneezing into your hand and then grabbing a door handle…well ewww!
- There are some great supplements and ways to boost your immunity in a natural way. Some of my favourites include Vitamin D and probiotics. If I do start to feel a little under the weather, I like ginger & honey tea and a little oregano oil. There is also truth to having a bowl of homemade soup. Click here to get my recipe for cozy chicken soup. Did you know that about 70% of your immune system function resides in your gut? Take good care of your gut and your immune system will thank you for it!
- Last and certainly not least is good quality rest! Sleep is quite under rated in our society and many of us are just squeaking by on the bare minimum. Sleep is essential to our well being. We are all different and require varying amounts to feel our very best but 7 to 9 hours seems to be ideal for most adults. If you feel like you are coming down with something, go to bed early. The world will not fall apart if you go to bed at 7! Your family will be glad that you are taking care of yourself and you can watch that show later on line! If you are sick, stay home! You will get better faster and won’t share your germs with the rest of us.
I shared some of my favourite tips for helping my immune system. What are some of your tried, tested and true tricks for staying on top of your game? Comment below!