5 Ways to Boost your Immune System Today
These are the same fundamentals your parents likely taught you throughout childhood. Take a fresh look at these foundations to best support your immune health. Book a check-up today with Dr. Jill.
Drink water. How much? An easy rule of thumb is to drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day (e.g., 200lbs, drink 100 oz. water per day). Water hydrates our cells, allowing them to work better, including our immune cells. Water lubricates joints to reduce pain, helps our blood flow more freely, and softens our stool, increasing elimination of toxins and reducing constipation. Want to amplify the tastiness? Add a slice of organic lemon, cucumber, basil, or mint (really any food or herb you like the taste of). Cheers!
Eat one more serving of veggies. Vegetables provide fiber, fuel, and nutrients your body needs to operate efficiently and effectively. They also help remove toxins (e.g., herbicides, pesticides, smoke, etc.) from your body, which can cause damage to your cells. Tip: Shop the organic section; the most nutritious veggies are dark green and purple.
Keep moving. Move your body regularly. Begin by moving at a moderate pace (breathing heavy) for 30 minutes per day; it can be 30 minutes at one time or split up any way you like. If you’re not used to moving, take it slow - take a walk or ride a bike. If you’re uncertain about your health, get a check-up with your naturopathic doctor (ND) before you begin.
Reduce stress. In addition to the above items (#1-#3), you can meditate, perform mindfulness breathing (slow deep breaths, paying attention to your breath for 1-30 minutes), or do yoga. Get grounded - take a walk outside. If the temperature is suitable, take off your shoes and socks and connect skin-to-earth (more about Grounding in our following newsletter).
Prepare for good sleep. Make sure your room is dark and set to a cooler temperature, which helps us sleep better. Use a white noise machine, app, or fan to minimize loud noises or disturbances. Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime to reduce stimulating the nervous system. Take an Epsom salt bath 30 minutes before bedtime to deeply relax muscles.