Learning how to take care of yourself and strengthen your immune system is more important than ever. So to help you guys stay healthy, we’ve curated a list of things you can do to nourish your body. From superfoods that help ward off harmful bacteria to yoga poses that encourage healthy blood flow, here’s how to boost your immunity from home.
Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D
Even though you’re spending your days inside, it’s still important to get your daily dose of vitamin D by stepping into the sunshine. Vitamin D, aka the sunshine vitamin, is essential for growth and bone health. However, most importantly it helps fight disease, and reduces the likelihood of developing the flu. To produce vitamin D, your body just needs to be exposed to sunlight; if you can’t get outside safely, sit on your balcony or next to a window for at least ten minutes a day. If you don’t have access to natural sunlight, consider taking vitamin D supplements.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
One of the best things you can do to strengthen your immunity system is to get a good night’s sleep. It sounds simple, but when we’re tired our body is less equipped to fight illness. Plus, when we’re sleep-deprived, our number of infection-fighting antibodies are reduced, so it takes longer to recover. The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is eight hours. Sleep experts also recommend going to sleep and waking up around the same time each day as it allows you to enter a deeper sleep state.
Eat Vitamin C-Rich Food
While most of us are aware that vitamin C is good for our health, few people know why. One of the most poignant benefits is that vitamin C helps strengthen your immunity system as it promotes healthy cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune systems. As an antioxidant, it also helps fight free radicals, which is believed to help delay the onset of disease. Another bonus: it also majorly ups your glow game! So make sure you’re eating plenty of vitamin C-rich fruits including oranges, kiwis, and lemon, as well as vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts.
Load-Up on Probiotics
Over the past two years, the beauty world has become obsessed with probiotics and their glow-enhancing properties. But they’re also great immunity boosters as they encourage the growth of antibodies, which help fight bacteria and toxins. They also aid in nutrient absorption, helping your body access essential vitamins in order to stay healthy. To guarantee your daily intake of probiotics, eat probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kimchi, miso, and kefir.
Believe it or not, yoga is also proven to boost immunity as different poses will help stimulate various organs within the body. For example, the cobra pose will help activate the thymus, an organ that’s responsible for the growth of T-Cells, which trigger your body’s response to a cold or flu. Another helpful pose is called viparita Karani, which is when you rest your legs on the wall with your back flat on the floor and your arms outstretched: This pose helps ground the nervous system, thereby boosting immunity by lowering stress levels in the body.
Drink Immune Boosting Drinks
We like to start each day with an immunity-boosting drink to help our body fight harmful bacteria and other viruses. We try to throw in as many healthy ingredients we can find in our kitchen. Our faves include honey, ginger, garlic, lemon, and apple cider vinegar – all known immune boosters. As well as spices like cayenne pepper, turmeric, and black pepper: Turmeric increases your body’s immunity, black pepper is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and even has fever-reducing properties, and cayenne pepper is a powerful antioxidant and a rich source of vitamin A, which is proven to boost your body’s immunity.
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