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. (Just don’t forget your sunscreen if you’re staying out for an extended amount of time!) 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.
You don’t need much space to get your body moving if you’re working out at home, either. There is a variety of exercise routines online or you can come up with your own to do in front of the latest show you’re binge watching. Commit to doing some sort of physical activity every day. #NoExcuses
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.
Make sure you’re eating as many colorful fruits and vegetables you can get your hands on. Keep them front and center in the refrigerator or on the counter for grab-and-go convenience. Antioxidant-packed blueberries, citrus fruits rich in vitamin C, copper- and iron-filled spinach, and garlic all have immune system benefits.
If you’re not confident you’re getting enough nutrients from your diet, try supplementing with something like Nutrilite™ Organics Immunity Superfood Powder.† It mixes easily into your drink or smoothie with a refreshing mixed berry flavor. It also has all the antioxidant benefits from 10 different organic, nutrient-rich purple and red superfruits, including elderberries and acerola cherries—all grown on certified organic Nutrilite farms or partner farms.
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.
Stress can suppress the power of our immune systems, so finding ways to cope is extremely important. Self-care is key. Try taking a bath, lighting your favorite candle, watching something that makes you laugh, meditating or journaling to manage your stress levels
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. Those are all part of a healthy diet, so if you are eating right, you are getting some vitamin B.
You can also consider a vitamin B supplement.
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.
It may be a challenge to keep to your oral hygiene routine when schedules and calendars don’t seem to matter anymore, but you can do it!
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 Amway Connections. And to learn more about Nutrilite™ supplements, visit the links below.
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