Do you feel like you’re always getting sick?
Are you constantly stressed and/or dealing with stomach issues?
Do you feel like you’re running on empty more than you’re running on a full tank?
These all might be signs that your immune system is not as strong as it could be and needs a little extra love.
A healthy immune system equals a healthy human, so we’ve provided you with 10 ways to boost your immune system, which will hopefully leave you feeling more rejuvenated, healthier, and happier overall.
1.Drink lots of water
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! In addition to boosting your immune system, water can also help clear your skin, regulate your digestive tract, and maintain your blood pressure, among many other things.
Start with a glass of water in the morning to help set you on the right track for the rest of the day. If you don’t like drinking just plain water, you can dress it up with lemon, cucumber, mint, or anything else that will add a little flavor without added sugar.
Or pop in a Vitapod HYDRA+ pod which comes in yummy flavors like Cotton Candy, Watermelon, Pineapple Coconut, and Blueberry Pomegranate. You’ll get a blend of electrolytes, vitamins A, C, D, E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and flavonoids that will leave you feeling happy and hydrated.
2. Break a sweat
It’s the tried-and-true method for a healthy lifestyle: exercise and eat well. So if you need some extra motivation to go on that walk or hit the gym today, remember that exercising has many health benefits including bettering your mental health, improving your sleep schedule, and boosting your immune system.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity workouts during the week. That’s only about 20 minutes a day where you get up and go for a walk, run, dance, swim ,or whatever you want to do to stay active.
As long as you’re moving, you’re improving your overall health.
3. Eat foods high in antioxidants
The next time you reach for that square of rich, delicious dark chocolate, you can feel good about your choice because it’s helping boost your immune system, in moderation, of course.
In addition to dark chocolate, lots of the fruits and veggies have great antioxidants in them like berries, dark and leafy greens, and artichokes. Some other foods that are rich in antioxidants include pecans, beans and spices.
4. Get some well-earned sleep every night
Consistency is key when we talk about sleep. Try getting to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning.
If you get too little sleep, then not only are you compromising your immune system, but it affects your ability to concentrate, your mood worsens, and it can lead to heart problems in the future. Too much sleep is not great for you either because it causes headaches and leads to a higher chance of diabetes and depression.
5. Keep your hands clean
Whether it’s running your hands under warm water with soap, or pumping a bit of hand sanitizer onto your palms, just keeping the germs away can help you avoid sickness and, therefore, protect your immune system.
6. Reduce your stress
If you experience chronic stress, whether it be familial issues or health issues or even day-to-day work issues, then it might be time to try to find solutions to help relieve some of that stress. You can try at-home methods like meditation, exercise, and journaling. Or you go to a professional and try therapy, acupuncture, or a massage.
In any case, long-term stress leads to high cortisol levels which cause inflammation in the body, and high stress levels can lead to lower the body’s lymphocyte levels, which are the white blood cells that help fend off infections and viruses like the common cold and cold sores.
7. Limit alcohol intake
In addition to helping with your sleep schedule, reducing your alcohol intake can also work wonders on your immune system.
Drinking heavily on a regular basis will suppress the function of your T cells, a type of white blood cell that helps your body fight illness and infection, meaning if you’re drinking less, your immune system will have time to recover and strengthen.
8. Add more zinc into your diet
If you thought zinc was only for the noses of tourists at the beach, think again. This powerful nutrient helps keep your immune system strong by stimulating particular immune cells and reducing oxidative stress. A lack of zinc in the diet can cause an impaired immune function.
You can either take a supplement or add foods to your diet that are high in zinc like shellfish, red meat like beef and lamb, whole grains, and legumes.
9. Know the pros of probiotics
If your gut is unhappy, then you will be unhappy. Frequent stomach issues can be a sign of a weakened immune system, so one really great way to help with that is adding more probiotics into your diet.
Probiotics are microorganisms that we consume and can help us break down foods in the digestive system, produce vitamins, and kill off disease-causing cells.
If you’re looking to introduce probiotics into your diet, look for fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. If the idea of consuming fermented food grosses you out, you can also vie for probiotic supplements that you can take orally.
10. Drink the Vitapod Immunity+ Pod
Start your day off right with the Vitapod Immunity+ pod. These little pods are packed full of flavor and flavonoids, the powerful antioxidants found in lots of fruits and veggies. Consuming a high amount of the flavonoids can help boost your immune system, strengthen the body’s natural defense system, and lower the risk of infectious illness.
Oh, and did we mention that it tastes amazing? In the flavor blackberry mint, you are not only filling your body with lovely nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, but you’re also enjoying the experience. With zero added sugar and only four calories per pod, you can also feel good about drinking this every day, or even twice a day.
Now you have all the tools to strengthen your immune system, so go forth and stay healthy out there!