5 Major Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Here are 5 simple things you can start doing today to boost your immune system!  

1. REDUCE STRESS

Stress and our immune system do not get along. When we are under stress, our immune system is weakened, making us more vulnerable and likely of getting sick.

For example, it is common to get sick around the time of travel. Whether it’s the stress of preparing or the climate change, our immune system might take a hit. Reduce stress by finding time to take care of yourself, such as any of the following ways below. 

2. SOCIALIZE (WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES IN MIND)

Humans are social beings. Plus, strong emotions such as fear and loneliness are stressful, especially
during these times. As mentioned above, stress weakens the immune system. So, find joy in talking and connecting with your loved ones - your family, friends and even pets! Check in on colleagues and see how they’re doing.

3. MAKE SURE YOU'RE GETTING SLEEP

Sleep is the time when our body repairs itself. We spend so many hours of the day awake and moving about that we need to give our brain and body the time it requires for rest. Not clocking in enough hours leaves us at a greater risk of getting sick because our vital organs are not recovering.

According to the Chinese Body Clock, there are certain hours of the day that our vital organs are at peak functionality. For example, our liver cleanses and recovers between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. However, this can vary by person.

4. GET SOME EXERCISE!

When we exercise, we release a “feel good” chemical in the brain called endorphins. Endorphins boost our mood and in return reduces stress. In addition, it increases alertness, focus and concentration. Working out or going for a short walk is all it takes!

5. EAT HEALTHY

Our body responds to everything we eat. When we eat well, we feel good, and when don’t, we tend to feel sluggish and tired. It’s important to ensure you’re getting the vitamins, nutrients and even antioxidants that help to build and sustain a well-functioning immune system. Consuming foods high in Vitamin A, Bs, C, E & Zinc such as fruits, vegetables, eggs and seeds contribute to strengthening the immune system.

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