• Emily

5 Ways to Support Your Immune System

It has never been more important to care for your immune system. But drinking a lot of orange juice isn't going to cut it.


You know about washing your hands and covering your nose and mouth, but what else can you do to prevent yourself from getting sick? Keep reading for 5 tips to boost your immune system.


1. Eat Fermented Foods


The fermentation process involves transforming carbohydrates or starches into organic acids via yeasts or bacteria.


Huh?


Basically fermented foods have healthy bacteria to support gut health which is closely linked to immune health. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics which you often see advertised in yogurt and other dairy items.


Other fermented foods include kimchi, miso, tempeh, and kefir. Adding these foods to your diet can strengthen your immune system and your ability to fight illness. If none of these foods sound appealing to you, try taking a probiotic supplement instead.


2. Sleep


Your body relies on sleep. And without it, your immune system suffers. And it's not just hours of sleep but also the quality of your sleep.


It is recommended that adults get seven or more hours of sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, try changing up your nightly routine to include less screen time and more relaxing activities.


You can learn more about sleep hygiene here. And you can learn about foods to help your sleep here.


3. Hydration


Drinking water is an easy way to improve your overall health. But did you know that hydration also supports your immune system?


When you not properly hydrated your digestion and organ function suffer. In turn, this puts you at greater risk for getting sick.


4. Vitamin D


Vitamin D helps to regulate your immune response. It makes your immune system stronger therefore better able to fight off infection.


You can get Vitamin D from sunlight, but in the winter months that can be hard. So consider adding a Vitamin D supplement to your wellness routine as well.


5. Exercise


When people think of exercise preventing illness they tend to think about chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease. But regular exercise also protects you from other illnesses.


When you exercise your body circulates blood at a faster rate and allows your immune system to function more efficiently. In this case, a little bit of exercise goes a long way. Moderate exercise aa few times a week will do wonders for your immune system and overall health.


Better Immune System = Better Health


Protect yourself from the spread of illness by supporting your immune system. Making a few small changes could make a difference in preventing illness and speeding up recovery time if you do get sick.


When you not properly hydrated your digestion and organ function suffers. In turn, this puts you at greater risk for getting sick.