There is nothing quite as frustrating as trying everything you know to do to keep your immune system going but you still get every cold that’s going around. You may have tried the latest supplements, herbs, essential oils, superfoods and more. Naturally you might be wondering if something is affecting your immune system and keeping it from functioning properly. Here’s a few things you should consider. Here are a few of the options you should consider during every cold and flu season and especially during pandemic.
How Does Stress Cause Immunosuppression?
Stress is well known to suppress immune system function. You might be thinking that you really don’t have that much stress in your life and that you’ve got it all under control. But what you may be overlooking are the daily stresses that can build into one major stress filled reaction, causing your immune system to be less effective. This stress can come from working through a chaotic daily schedule that has you running non-stop, trying to maintain a big to-do list, or from dealing with the issues of dysfunctional people around you. Try journaling to help identify the stressors that could be in your life, that you may not have realized were contributing to the problem. You can identify them and then work through them at your own pace to help reduce the impact on your immune system.
Does Drinking Water Help Stress?
Lack of hydration is an often overlooked cause of your immune system not running well. If’ you’re always dehydrated, then your body can’t function properly. In turn, this puts stress on your organs, stifles weight loss, and is harder on your immune system. Think about it, your body is having to work without the key building blocks it needs to function. Maybe you think that you are getting enough hydration, but remember, your body needs plain filtered water to keep it going. Make sure that you are getting as much of that as you are other hydration options like juice, coffee or soda.
How Does Sleep Help to Cope With Stress?
Lack of sleep is one major reason that your immune system is malfunctioning. You need a solid, deep sleep every night to replenish your system. One obvious way to do this is to simply note how long it takes you to fall asleep, and how many times you wake up. Some might want to take a look at the sleep monitor system found on many fitness trackers. It can help determine if you are getting deep sleep and how much.
By running through this checklist of lifestyle stressors that might be affecting your immune system, you can be better equipped to take on most of the illnesses you may experience. You can also help boost areas of your immune system or make lifestyle changes that may be lacking with some of the following tips to help boost your immune system.
10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System During Pandemic
(Disclaimer: Please note that I’m not a medical professional. If you are experiencing physical systems, please contact your medical provider right away.)
There’s so much conflicting information about the current pandemic. However, the consensus from respected experts seems to be that this respiratory illness often causes deaths in people with a weaker immune system or have other pre-existing conditions. Naturally, everyone is suddenly interested in natural health and learning how to boost the immune system during this current pandemic. While nothing is foolproof, these practical tips will go a long way towards boosting your immune system during the pandemic as well as cold and flu season.
1. Vitamin C . We already know that Vitamin C is the most commonly recommended vitamin for fighting colds and preventing the flu. However, the body does not have the ability to store vitamin C. So, you’ll probably need to consume a vitamin C supplement daily. You can try a chewable or in an effervescent form that dissolves in water. Getting your vitamin C from a supplement instead of relying on your food intake during these times of food shortages can give you some reassurance that you’re getting what your body needs. During these dangerous times, you’re better off getting your daily dosage through a supplement, rather than trying to meet your daily needs by guzzling orange juice or gnawing on broccoli.
2. Vitamin D. Vitamin D is well known to help boost the immune system. But most of us do not get outside in the sun often enough to get enough Vitamin D, so you should strongly consider taking a supplement. But do try to get outside as much as you can. Many treatment protocols for coronavirus have people taking in fresh air outside.
3. Zinc is often overlooked, but it has a multitude of benefits. Your body cannot produce it on its own. You’ll want to proactively consume it. You can easily purchase zinc supplements from your local health store online or offline. Only a small amount daily is required to help promote optimal health. Zinc is said to help to boost your immune system, decrease inflammation, accelerate healing and reduce the risks of age-related disease. This is especially important information now because older people are more susceptible to COVID-19.
Probiotics are one of the best ways to improve your gut health and as a result, your immunity will get stronger. It aids in the production of antibodies, so you most definitely want to be consuming probiotics! Natural sources of probiotics include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha, all of which can be easily made at home with inexpensive ingredients.
5. Garlic oil supplements. Garlic is known to be an immunity booster, and the allicin it contains has medicinal properties. Garlic is one of natur’e most powerful foods and it may work wonders at preventing diseases and improving general health. You can get some from a health store and consume a capsule or two daily. While eating garlic is good, a supplement is easier and better because you’ll need to consume a lot of garlic to get the same amount of allicin that you get from a capsule.
6. Exercise Self-isolation doesn’t mean laying around on the couch for weeks. Exercise will boost your immunity by getting your blood circulation going and improving your strength and stamina. Even if you can’t get out, there are tons of home workouts that you can do to get your daily exercise. Go ahead and try home workout programs like Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home Program or yoga on YouTube. It’s fun, easy and will take your mind off of things.
However, do note that too much exercise exercise can lower your immunity. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years. Don’t overdo it, especially if you have autoimmune problems. With coronavirus going around, you don’t want to do anything to lower your immune system. Exercise to break a light sweat and get your blood circulating, but don’t overdo it to the point of exhaustion. Start with a few minutes a day and work your way up.
7. Ditch the sugar. It can’t be stated strongly enough, sugar and junk food stress your immune system. You don’t want this right now. Look up some keto recipes (which usually use erythritol.) If you don’t want to use it, looked up dessert recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which use almond and coconut flour plus honey.
8. Try to lose some weight. Your health will greatly improve when you shed your excess pounds. You’ll lower your blood pressure, and improve your blood sugar readings which can only help you in the long run. With all the food shortages in the supermarkets, now is as good a time as any to adopt an intermittent fasting protocol and lose weight.
9. Breaking addictions. Now’s the time to do it. Quit smoking and drinking. Examine your eating habits. It’s tough going, but that’s to be expected. The good news is that there are lots of online resources that you can tap into right now. Embrace this challenge and be an overcomer. You’ll feel so much better!
10. Escalate Your Personal Hygiene Practices Basic hygiene such as washing your hands regularly, not touching your face when you’re outside and showering the moment you get home are all simple but crucial habits that will boost your immune system. When you come in from outside, change your clothes right away. I have extra clothes in my lanai. I change out there when I get home , then throw my clothes in the wash, and then head straight to the shower. Whatever you do, don’t sit on your couch or bed without doing this. You don’t know what’s on your clothes. DO NOT sit on the couch or bed when you get home from outside.
By adopting these 10 simple steps, you’ll boost your body’s immunity and give yourself a fighting chance against COVID-19, winter colds and flu or any other disease that tries to take root in your body. Don’t wait..get started today!
Do you have any tips for boosting immunity?