If you’re tired of being sick and tired every cold and flu season, it’s time to fight back with some natural remedies.
There are a number of ways you can give your immune system a helping hand without taking pills or supplements. So, read on for some of the best natural ways to give your immune system a boost.
1. Regular Spa Use
Did you know that relaxing in your hot tub could fortify your body’s defenses against colds and viruses?
While spa use can’t guarantee you won’t get sick at all, regular use has been found to increase your immunity. Soaking in heated water not only quickens blood flow throughout the body but increases the production of white blood cells. Carried by the bloodstream to the parts of your body where germs are present, these cells help the body fight off infection and disease.
Soaking in the heated water of your spa can also help rid your body of toxins. As your body temperature rises, blood and lymph fluid circulate more quickly. This system helps remove impurities through perspiration. As the toxins are brought to the surface through your sweat, they are washed away by the water of your spa.
2. Eating the Right Foods
Have you ever heard of super foods? Well, there are 15 of them that, when consumed on a regular basis, can help to keep your immune system strong and healthy.
If you want to get more vitamin C into your diet, red bell peppers and citrus fruits such as clementines, oranges or grapefruit, are your best bet. These vitamin C-rich foods are great for combating colds. But the real superheroes are broccoli and spinach. Packed with vitamins C, A, and E as well as antioxidants, beta carotene, and fibre, incorporating them into your diet is a smart and healthy choice.
Other super foods to consume regularly are garlic, ginger, yogurt, almonds, sunflower seeds, turmeric, green tea, papaya, kiwi, poultry and shell fish.
3. Regular Exercise
Not everyone loves to exercise. If you’re one of them, don’t worry. Exercise doesn’t have to be intense and exhausting. In fact, it can be any activity you enjoy as long as it elevates your heart rate. Walking, swimming, biking or playing a sport are all great ways to increase your activity level.
Aside from contributing to overall good health, regular exercise contributes to good circulation, which helps white blood cells to work more efficiently to combat germs.
Looking for new ways to get exercise in? Here are some ideas to help you get started.
- Low-impact exercise in a hot tub or swim spa
- Swimming laps in a backyard pool
- Going for a walk, run or hike
- Cycling or rollerblading
- Yoga or hot yoga
If you don’t have enough spare time in your schedule for exercise, find new ways to get extra physical activity during your day-to-day. This could range from parking further away at the mall or grocery store, to taking the stairs every chance you get.
Some even find ways to sneak in extra steps at home with laundry, cleaning or yard work!
4. Avoiding Stress
Stress can make you feel tired, sore and sick. And when you’re rundown, your body is far less able to resist illness. Taking time out to de-stress and unwind is not only good for your mental health, it can help to fortify your immune system too.
Try taking up a calming hobby that not only brings you pleasure but helps to calm your mind and spirit.
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