It's fair to say COVID-19 has the world in its grips. And with the impending flu season on the horizon, we're in for a busy fall and winter.
We're seeing some of the preventive measures taking place like avoiding public places like the literal plague and stockpiling things like bleach, Lysol, and more as if doomsday just knocked on our door.
Yet, we forget the best defense for any illness is to make sure our own body can handle any potential attack.
While I'm no doctor and there is no substitute for good hygiene and social distancing practices, there are a ton of natural remedies out there to help boost your immune system to defend yourself in the fight against unwanted illnesses.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is by far one of the essential factors in ensuring you have excellent immune system health; however, many people don't bank in on enough of it. According to the CDC, one-third of Americans are not getting enough sleep, which is classified as seven hours or more. While your body is sleeping, it's equipping you with the antibodies to fight infectious diseases. So, if you want a fighting chance against the coronavirus or any virus for that matter, get some sleep!
Drink Lots of Fluids
We often hear we should drink lots of fluids when we get sick, but did you know making sure you stay hydrated when you're not ill can give your immune system a better shot at doing its job? Water flushes out toxins within the body, and when it does this, the immune system can be strengthened. So, make sure you're drinking those eight glasses or more!
Drink Less Alcohol
Yes, a glass of wine here and there is okay. But drinking in moderation goes for more than just the health of your liver. Too much alcohol can weaken the immune system and make the body more susceptible to illnesses. Doctors recommend no more than one alcoholic drink a day for women and two for men. To keep yourself healthy, keep that glass count low!
Eat A Lot of Fruits and Veggies
A healthy balanced diet goes a long way. And in this case, it can contribute to whether or not your immune system is prepared to go toe-to-toe with a virus. Eating fruits and vegetables like oranges and kale, which are rich in Vitamin C, can aide in the defense against illnesses looking to attack the body.
Incorporate Elderberry in Your Diet
Natural herbs and plants are the way to go when you're looking to supplement the upkeep of the health of your immune system. The elderberry plant comes in various forms, like teas, gummies, sprays, and liquid extracts. If you've been to a grocery store in the last few months, you'd know it had been flying off the shelves. And for a good reason. Elderberry is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that will help keep that immune system healthy.
I can envision the visceral eye roll at this last one. Still, exercise has so many benefits for the body past the 'summer-body-ready-struggle'! It helps lower stress, which is known to be a contributing factor to immune system suppression. Plus, not only does a regular exercise schedule support your immune system, but it may positively enhance your body's response to vaccinations.
Now that you have the tools to fight a virus or illness, stay safe and healthy!
What other ways do you protect your immune system? I'd love to hear, so comment below!