5 Ways to naturally boost your immune system
1. Include Supplements in Your Health Regimen
Balanced nutritional health is critical for immune health. Some important vitamins for boosting the body’s immune system include:
- Vitamin D – A fat soluble nutrient essential to the health and functioning of your immune system, one of the most widely deficient vitamins worldwide, and an ingredient in our product Stem-Kine.
- Zinc – Needed for immune cell development and communication that plays important role in inflammatory response, and an ingredient in our product Infla-Kine.
- Vitamin C – One of the most popular supplements taken to protect against infection due to its important role in immune health.
- Elderberry – This extract demonstrates potent antibacterial and antiviral potential against bacterial pathogens responsible for upper respiratory tract infections and strains of influenza virus.
- Curcumin – The main active compound in turmeric, and a main ingredient in our product Infla-Kine.
- And many more…
The intention behind including a well-rounded regimen of nutritional vitamins is to ‘supplement’ what is lacking in the average diet of most individuals. Supplements ensure the body is provided with the essentials to boost the immune system naturally.
2. Keep Symptoms of Chronic Conditions Under Control
Chronic conditions like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes can negatively affect the immune system and increase risk of infections.
For example, mismanaged blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes can create a chronic, low-grade inflammatory response that weakens the body’s defense system, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Individuals who suffer from chronic asthma are more susceptible to the flu, and often experience elevated flu and asthma symptoms as a result of the infection that can lead to hospitalizations or even death, according to the CDC.
3. Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is often mentioned as a common sense combatant of a variety of health concerns. The nutrients ingested we get from food — in particular, plant-based foods — are essential to keeping a healthy immune system. The immune system relies on white blood cells that produce antibodies to combat bacteria and viruses. Proper nutrition supports a happy environment for your cells to grow.
Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables provide nutrients—like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E—that can boost immune function. Vitamin D is another essential supplement that may reduce the risk for viral infections by reducing production of pro-inflammatory compounds in the body, according to research articles published in Preprints and Immune Netw. Food sources of vitamin D include fortified cereals, plant-based milks, and supplements.
4. Exercise Regularly (Outdoors, When Possible!)
It’s been said many times before, but exercise has several key benefits to overall health, including boosting your immune system’s efficiency. Finding a maintainable, long-term workout lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases, as well as viral and bacterial infections, according to a review in Medline Plus in January 2018.
Exercise is also a natural way to increase the release of endorphins (a group of hormones that create feelings of pleasure and reduce feelings of pain) making it an easily accessible way to manage stress. Emotional stress negatively impacts immune health, so exercise is a limitless tool we can use to give our body the support it needs. Outdoor activities adds another health benefit to exercise by increasing exposure to vitamin D, as it is estimated that ONE BILLION people worldwide are vitamin D deficient.
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5. Keep a Consistent Schedule
During this time, keeping a consistent schedule can be difficult for most. Even when a routine is inevitable, i.e. a daily work schedule, social obligations, weekly errands, etc.; it can be a challenge to find balance in daily life.
An easy place to start is managing a routine sleep schedule. Reset your internal clock to maximize the time you have in your day and regularly get quality sleep throughout the night. During sleep, the immune system is able to produce and distribute key immune cells that promote healthy inflammatory response, such as cytokines, T cells, and interleukin 12.
Maximizing the hours you are able to be productive in a day allows for the best chance outcome to achieve a consistent health regimen of supplements, diet, and exercise!