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Want to fight off that illness that’s spreading around the office or your child’s school? Boosting your immune system is a great way to start! A truly healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals, plus normal sleep patterns and a hefty dose of exercise. It really is THAT easy!
Get Enough Sleep
Get enough sleep and manage stress. Sleep deprivation and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol, prolonged elevation of which suppresses your immune function which can lead to you getting sick.
Munch On Some Garlic
Garlic is an immune system superstar. One clove contains 5 mg of calcium, 12 mg of potassium, and more than 100 sulfuric compounds which is powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection. Raw garlic, not cooked or dried, is most beneficial for health, since heat and water inactivate sulfur enzymes, which can diminish garlic’s antibiotic effects
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Nutrients, nutrients, nutrients! The protein, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and certain vitamins, and minerals are all key to a healthy immune system. Foods high in antioxidants are blueberries, acai berries, coffee, walnuts, artichokes, broccoli just to name a few.
Drink Less Alcohol
Alcohol alters your immune system almost immediately after consumption. It produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune- boosting nutrients. Also, alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs. So partying while feeling a little under the weather will undoubtedly make you feel worse and keep you sicker, longer.
For obvious reasons, avoid smoking. It undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in everyone, and middle ear infections in kids. Plus it’s gross and smells bad so, there’s that.
Take a “Healthy Shot” Once a Day
A non-alcoholic-good-for-you shot please! This shot recipe strengthens your immune system of course, improves gut function, can help clear skin, improves/eliminates allergies and can even reduce and prevent wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite. It’s made with apple cider vinegar, lemon, collagen, and raw honey. You can also add Himalayan salt and cayenne pepper for their health benefits. Find the recipe here.
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