5 Easy Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System

With the weather cooling down and children back in school, cold and flu season are approaching. Fortunately, there are several natural ways to boost your immune system and potentially avoid illness. By following these 5 simple suggestions  (along with lots of hand washing!) you may be able to stay healthy and avoid those awful germs and sick days this season!

1. Maintain a healthy diet: Eating a variety of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables provides the body with natural supplements of several antioxidants and vitamins. An apple a day in this case may really keep the doctor away! Another important food that may aid in warding off infection is protein. In fact, the body’s germ-fighting antibodies are made up of protein. Eating protein-rich lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts gives the body essential minerals like selenium and zinc that help maintain a strong and effective immune system.

2. Exercise Regularly: Regular moderate exercise (i.e: a simple 30 minute walk) can help the body by increasing important immune system cells as well as releasing endorphins which promote regular sleep habits and a positive sense of well-being.

3. Get Adequate Sleep: Getting an adequate amount of sleep allows the body to restore and maintain immune function after each day. Being sleep deprived reduces the production of important immune system cells while also increasing inflammatory chemicals and susceptibility to illness.

4. Drink Plenty of Water: Drinking enough water each day is one of the most basic ways to stay healthy. Water provides an infinite number of benefits including transporting essential nutrients throughout the body and flushing toxins.

5. Laughter: Just a simple laugh can help reduce stress hormones while increasing beneficial hormones like endorphins. It also can help boost the number of antibody-producing cells.

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