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Now more than ever, our bodies need to be taken care of.
While there are tons of products that claim to boost or support your immunity, the concept of "boosting immunity" actually makes very little scientific sense.
Your first line of defense will always be to adopt a healthy lifestyle and maintain good health. By following general guidelines, such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, minimizing your stress, and eating a balanced diet that is abundant in nutrients, your immune system will remain strong and healthy all by itself.
That being said, there's nothing wrong with looking for a little extra help from adequate supplements, and it will always be beneficial to know how to effectively reduce your stress.
Without further ado, here are our 2 main methods for keeping your immunity high, and your wellbeing even higher:
What can reduce your chances of contracting illnesses––ranging from the common cold to COVID-19 or even cancer––are products that supplement any micronutrient deficiencies you may have. If you know your diet is not providing you with all your micronutrient needs, taking a daily multivitamin or another specific mineral supplement may help you fully reap the benefits of a healthy immune system.
Some of our favorites include:
Omega-3 fatty acids: studies show that medical students who received an omega-3 supplement experienced a 20% reduction in anxiety symptoms, as well as a decrease in depression and inflammation (which are both inhibitors of a healthy immune system).
Antioxidants found in blueberries, pomegranates, oranges, and carrots are all known for their immune-boosting properties. As many of us cannot get our hands on these throughout the winter season, an antioxidant supplement may be the perfect solution.
Spirulina is extremely high in immune-boosting nutrients. Consuming a sufficient amount of protein is also crucial to fight viral and bacterial infections—which makes this product one of our favorite and most popular throughout cold and flu season:
Please note that taking excess vitamins will not make up for an unhealthy lifestyle. In this case, more is not better. Also, some supplements, such as spirulina, are not regulated by the FDA—so we suggest meeting with your GP before making any significant changes to your diet.
Chronic stress is one of the most detrimental things your body can go through. Fortunately, there are many proven ways to minimize its effect and help eradicate it entirely from our lifestyles.
Here are a few tips to help you take your mind off of the source of your stress:
Exercise helps to lower your body’s stress hormones. As you may have already experienced, it also releases an abundance of endorphins that lift your mood and act as natural painkillers. Regular exercise also improves your self-confidence and the quality of your sleep, which, in turn, promotes mental wellbeing.
Diffusing essential oils also has a calming effect on the body and mind. Aromatherapy decreases your anxiety by changing your thoughts and engaging other senses. It also lifts your mood and improves your sleep, which is crucial for a well-functioning immune system.
While coffee can be beneficial in moderation, high amounts of caffeine significantly increase your body's stress response. We suggest making the swap to lower caffeine options or cutting it out altogether (especially when you feel a cold coming on!).
Oxytocin is one of the most powerful stress-busters. We release the "love hormone" after cuddling our pets, hugging a loved one, or having a powerful orgasm. According to researchers at Penn University, oxytocin has the ability to undo cortisol's effects, improve immune function, and increase your odds of fighting off viruses and infections.
With these tips in mind, we are confident you will push through cold and flu season at the top of your game. Until next time...stay healthy!