IMMUNITY has been a hot topic the past couple of years as we have weathered COVID plus the usual viruses and illness. We tend to give immunity more thought when flu season is around the corner, school begins in the fall, or we are getting ready to travel by plane. However, your immunity and the efficiency of your immune system are a 24/7 affair.
When you have symptoms from a cold or the flu such as a runny nose, fever, or feel run down, these are actually signs that your immune system is WORKING! Your immune system works to recognize & identify an infection or injury in the body. According to Dr. Cassell from Harvard Medical School, a strong immune system isn’t necessarily what you want. You want a BALANCED immune system. This causes an immune RESPONSE, with the GOAL of restoring normal function. People with auto-immune disease often have this over-active immune response. They should avoid immune boosting supplements such as Echinacea and Elderberry.
It is not just about taking the right supplements, your lifestyle can affect how well your immune system can PROTECT you from germs, viruses, and chronic illness. If you are working on improving your sleep, increasing your fruit & vegetable intake, managing stress, being active for at least 30 minutes a day; you are BOOSTING and BALANCING your immunity! Factors that help our overall health are at the heart of improving our immunity.
Here are 8 suggestions to help you balance your IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Eat a diet rich in fruits & vegetables. This will naturally increase your vitamin C, vitamin B6 & vitamin E intake.
Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
Reach and maintain optimal weight
Keep up to date on recommended vaccinations
Getting enough quality sleep. 7-8 hours for most people
Take a few good quality supplements
As we weather flu season and COVID and move into summer cold season take time to take care of yourself so you can THRIVE!
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