With cold and flu season being just around the corner, it’s extremely important to strengthen your immune system to avoid getting ill. While good hand washing protocol is a great start, there are quite a few different diet and lifestyle choices that can also fend off sickness. Practice these tips early because it’s always better to take action in order to prevent getting sick in the first place.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation and stress both increase the hormone cortisol. This suppresses the immune system, making the body more susceptible to both sickness and disease. To ensure that your cortisol levels stay normal, make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
Try a Master Detox Program
Master detox programs provide both your body and mind with a variety of nutrients, herbs, and other elements that help your body to perform at its optimal level. We love the Master Detox Program from The LifeCo. Their program goes above and beyond what you would expect. How does packing your bags and heading to Phuket, a gorgeous island in Thailand sound? The comprehensive program includes morning walks and afternoon yoga, and fulfils you with wheatgrass juice, herbs, Himalayan salt, and nutritious shakes. You’ll walk away from this experience with a lot more than just a boosted immune system!
Sip Some Fresh OJ
Start your mornings with a glass of fresh homemade orange juice. For an extra immune system boost, throw in a red bell pepper and a few pieces of ginger root. Not only is it a delicious way to start your day, you’ll get tons of nutrients and other benefits.
Add in Some Garlic
Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent that helps to give the immune system a big boost. Add extra garlic into your raw zucchini noodle pasta, or into a hearty raw vegetable medley. This is yet another benefit of choosing a raw food diet – heat deactivates the compound that helps your immune system!
Try Immune System Boosting Herbs
You may want to consider taking herbs such as eleuthero, ginseng, and astragalus. Each of these herbs provides benefits to the immune system that even helps with recurrent infections.
Boost Up with Vitamin D
Spending just 10 or 15 minutes in the summer sunlight is enough to allow your body to produce a surge of immune-protecting vitamin D. However, in the winter, the sunlight often isn’t as effective. In the colder months, supplement your daily sunshine allowance with mushrooms. Portobello, maitake, morel, button, and shiitake are the highest in vitamin D levels.