Ways To Keep Your Immune System Supercharged
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Cold and flu season is right around the corner. This means that you will come into contact with more sick people and germs than you normally would. This also means that if your immune system is not supercharged and working in its optimal state, you will also end up with that dreaded cold or flu.
Your immune system helps protect your body against diseases and illnesses such as the cold and flu. It is a collection of cells, tissues, proteins and organs that all work together to help keep your body healthy.
If your immune system is not working at its optimal level, your immune system just won’t be up for the task of fighting off foreign invaders and you can become sick.
Here are a few ways to keep your immune system supercharged and ready to combat against cold and flu season.
1. Take zinc lozenges. They are a powerful remedy against colds in the winter time. Zinc works by keeping the cold viruses from multiplying and setting in your throat and nose. Keep in mind that zinc does not help prevent against a cold, but it does help to treat it and to shorten the time of your symptoms.
2. Stretch. Stretching helps your lymphatic system to do its job, which is to remove toxins from your body. Simply stretch your torso, neck muscles and your arms over your head.
3. Try to reduce the stress in your life. Having a lot of stress in your life can lower your immune system and depletes your adrenal glands, which actually do a lot for your immune system. Try taking up yoga or meditation to help release stress and to calm your nerves.
4. As soon as you start to feel that small tickle in your throat, start taking vitamin C. You can take up to 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day to help combat against a cold.
5. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. Drinking water not only keeps your body hydrated, but your body will be able to detoxify itself, removing toxins and chemicals that can keep you sick.
6. Make sure that you eat plenty of fiber to keep things moving through your digestive system.
7. Avoid refined sugar such as candy and sodas.
8. Keep your consumption of alcohol to a minimal level. Having too much alcohol in your system can make your liver work harder than it needs to and can potentially lower your immune system.
9. Stock up and make sure to eat plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
10. If you have food allergies, be sure to avoid foods that contain those allergies. Allergies can also weaken your immune system.
11. Start taking an echinacea tincture or capsules at the first sign of a cold or flu. Echinacea helps promote the production and activity of white blood cells. These white blood cells are known as natural killers and they attack the virus or germs that have invaded your body.
12. If you have had a stressful day, or a late night before, balance things out by going to bed a few hours earlier than normal.
What are some of your favorite ways to keep your immune system in tip top shape? Share with us in the comments below!
Source: Mindell, E. L., RPh, PhD, & Hopkins, V., MA. (2003). Bottom Line’s Prescription Alternatives. The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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