It’s time to get your immune system ready for the upcoming flu season. We build our immune system since we are born. But not all immune systems function alike, and a number of factors can affect it. No one likes to get sick, and there are things you can do to boost your immune system naturally, and eating vegetables is only one of them.
7 tips to boost your immune system naturally
1- Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Your body needs various nutrients to build strong white blood cells. You need s diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to supply your body with the nutrients your immune system requires to stay in top shape.
2- Try medicinal mushrooms.
Certain type of mushrooms like shiitake, maitake and reishi contains complex carbs called beta-glucans that enhances immunity, fight cancer and reduces allergies. You can use purified mushroom extracts or simply use fresh sautéed mushrooms in a bit of olive oil; so delicious!
3- Avoid simple sugars.
Sugary foods, including sugary juices can impair immune function. Sugary foods also tend to contain fewer nutrients per calories, making it even worst for your health. If you must have something sweet, opt for treats sweeten with natural sweetener or stevia.
4- Learn to relax
Long-term stress can be devastating for your health. When you suffer from adrenal fatigue, your immune system suffers too, leaving you more prone to common colds and other viruses. Meditation and massages both shows beneficial effects in the immune system.
5- Get moving
Yet another health benefit associated with exercise. Moderate exercise helps to discharges stress and tensions while enhancing immune function. Moderate exercises could cut by 3 your risk of catching a cold.
6- Get your 7 hours of sleep
Sleep deprivation increases your stress levels, depress immune function and triggers inflammation. Chronic sleep deprivation raises the risks to catch a cold. In fact, if you sleep less than 7 hours a day, you might be about 3 times more likely to have a cold.
7- Get some vitamin D
Vitamin D is closely linked with immune function. Unfortunately, many people lacks vitamin D. Because very few foods contain good amounts of vitamin D, it is best to get your dose from spending short periods of time in the sun (without sunscreen). If sun exposure isn’t an option or for winter months if you live in a northern climate, consider taking supplements.