No April Fools here ... Try these tips to spring forward & boost your immunity
The days are getting longer and sunshine and warmth are not just a promise but are becoming a reality. As much as we want to seize that 'summer feeling,' we should make sure our body has everything it needs to really "spring forward.' So as we head from winter into spring, it's a great time to look at ways to help boost your immune system. Here are some tips to explore.
Aim for at least 7 hours of quality sleep daily. Practice good sleep hygiene by avoiding blue light from television screens, smartphones, computers, alarm clocks, etc after about 6:00 PM and/or use blue light filters. Blue light causes your brain to decrease melatonin production which is essential for sleep. Good sleep promotes healthy immune function and can reduce the risk of catching a cold.
Reduce stress as much as possible. Do you notice how you tend to get sick after getting run down by stress and lack of sleep? Whether you subjectively feel stressed or your body is stressed from lack of sleep, disease, etc, your immune function can be compromised. Stress increases inflammation in the body and knocks down your immune defenses. Practice meditation, breathing exercises, prayer, yoga or whatever else helps you feel sane regularly to calm your body and strengthen your immune system.
Increase your zinc levels. Zinc can help prevent and combat viral attack and reduce the duration of symptoms
Consume at least 5-7 servings of fresh vegetables and no more than 2-3 servings of fruit daily. Remember that vegetables and fruit help your body get important nutrients, reduce inflammation, and boost immune function. However fruits are limited as they are “nature’s candy” and contain much more sugar than most vegetables which can weaken the immune system. Avoid processed foods and added sugars as much as possible, especially if you are at risk of becoming sick or have become ill to get important nutrients, reduce inflammation, and boost immune function.
Increase vitamin C. This helps to shorten the frequency, duration, and severity of the common cold.
Add Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) This can help prevent a cold and reduce duration if taken during the early stages of a cold.
Boost Vitamin D levels to strengthen your immune system. Those who live in northern areas and dark-skinned individuals are at higher risk of having low vitamin D levels. Be sure to get your levels checked frequently
Remember it's always best to check with your health care professional before you begin any immunity regime. If you are having trouble with sleep, the effects of high stress, diet and digestive function, or need an immune-boosting protocol for an adult or child, we can help!