Looking for immune system support?
You know what to do to protect the outside of your body from all the unwanted elements out there: Wash your hands, keep your distance from people who aren’t feeling well, wipe down surfaces to remove germs and keep a disinfectant handy.
But what about the inside of your body? The immune system is our body’s unsung hero. Keep reading for seven little-known and simple ways to support your immune system.
1. Replenish your sunshine vitamin
Vitamin D, otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin, not only supports strong bones and heart health, it also helps support our immune system. One of the most popular ways to obtain it is through exposure to the sun. Although getting outside during the work day might be a challenge, you can still find a way to soak up some rays for a few minutes to do your body some good.
Join your cat in the sunbeam or simply step out on your porch, yard or sidewalk for a daily dose of nature’s vitamin D. You can also look at dietary sources of vitamin D, including fish, mushrooms and egg yolks. And you can help fill any gaps in your diet (or time in the sun) with a vitamin D supplement.
2. Move your body
Exercise is important for your immune system because it helps flush out toxins from your body. Head outside for a jog or a brisk walk. Try practicing yoga, exercising with a friend or taking up a sport like pickleball.
3. Eat the rainbow
Snacking on the wrong type of food is so easy to do. The fruit and vegetables that might be in our refrigerator are not top on the list of things to reach for when we have that afternoon craving. But eating right is one thing that supports a healthy immune system.
If you’re not confident you’re getting enough nutrients from your diet, try supplementing with something like Immunity Superfood Powder. I love it and the one that use it’s vegan and USDA organic certified.
4. Find your Zen
What’s going on in our mind can impact what’s going on in our bodies. Many of us experience stress on a daily basis, especially those who are trying to juggle many different priorities at home while working.
5. B energized
Sleep is essential and not getting enough of it can weaken our body’s defenses. If you are getting enough quality sleep but you still feel tired, you might consider upping your vitamin B intake. Vitamin B helps your body convert food to energy. You can and should get vitamin B from the foods you eat, like whole grains, dairy, meat, beans and many fruits and vegetables.
6. Pay attention to your teeth
Many people don’t know that oral health and overall health go hand in hand. It’s important to have consistent and thorough habits when it comes to your oral health, including brushing twice daily for two full minutes and, yes, flossing.
7. Get a healthy gut
A whopping 70% of your immune system can be found in your gut, so supporting your gut health is of utmost importance when it comes to achieving optimal health.
Your gut is made up of both “good” and “bad” bacteria and probiotics are the ultimate good guys who keep the bad guys in check.
Probiotic foods that replenish the good bacteria in your gut include yogurt, pickles, kefir and sauerkraut. If these aren’t at the top of your list, a good alternative is a daily probiotic supplement.
There, now you’re equipped with seven new ways to support your immune system. With the right nutrients and healthy habits, you can help support your body’s defenses. Check out other blogs with tips for healthy living at FIt4Treat.