6 Natural Ways to keep your Immune System Boosted this Winter
Our bodies are incredible systems that continuously fight off illness and disease, but sometimes germs make their way through our defense systems and make us sick.
Keeping your immune system boosted and functioning at its best will equip your body to prevent this happening and reduce how frequently you are ill. These are some of our favourite natural ways to ensure optimal immunity, health and wellness all year round.
Lemon, ginger and turmeric tea
Lemon, ginger and turmeric are rich in anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties, so sipping on this tea is a great habit to incorporate into your everyday life. Not only does it prevent illness, but it detoxifies the body, improves circulation, increases energy, improves digestion and assists in weight loss. To make, simply: Bring a pot of water to the boil with 3-4 slices of fresh ginger and 3-4 slices of fresh turmeric root. Remove from the heat then add the juice of one fresh lemon. Allow to steep for a few minutes and drink first thing in the morning and throughout the day. Add some cinnamon for an extra anti-viral and antibiotic boost.
Soak up some sunshine
Studies show that increased levels of Vitamin D are essential for preventing illness and the best source is from the sun! Sunlight is the easiest and healthiest way to get your Vitamin D fix. Aim for around 20 minutes of sun exposure each day to reap the benefits of the natural sunshine vitamin.
Get your greens in
We know you hear it all the time, but getting your greens in is essential for a healthy body and life! Include plenty of fresh green produce such as broccoli, spinach, apple, cucumber and parsley in your diet each day and supplement with a greens powder such as our PranaOn Super Greens to make sure you get enough green goodness into your system. It is a synergistic nutrient powerhouse full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, made with organic and GMO free ingredients including Spirulina, Chlorella, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass and Alfalfa. More so, it has added digestive enzymes so it is quickly, easily and effectively absorbed.
Move your body
Did you know that exercise is shown to not only significantly boost your metabolism, but your immunity too? Studies have shown that consistent exercise reduces the number of times a person gets ill and reduces the duration too. Just 20 minutes is all you need to boost your heart rate, boost your blood pressure, increase your breathing rate and create an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It doesn’t have to be intensive – take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car a little further, walk your dog or hit the gym.
Supplement with vitamins and minerals
Getting sufficient micronutrients is vital for a healthy immune system. Vitamin C can be said to be the ultimate vitamin for cold and flu prevention, but Vitamins A, B6, B12, D, E and folic acid and the trace elements iron, zinc, copper and selenium, are also needed, for them all to work together to support the protective activities of the immune cells. If your diet is not providing you with your micronutrient needs, taking a supplement can be greatly beneficial as well as super convenient too. To make sure you have sufficient doses of each, take a broad-spectrum supplement such as our PranaOn Multi Force. It combines superfoods and botanical herbs which provide you with trace elements, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to protect, revitalize and nourish your immune system.
Get enough sleep
Getting adequate sleep is vital for our bodies to rest, recover and perform at their best. A lack of sleep can leave us run down, weak and unable to fight off cold and flu bugs. Studies have shown that the optimal amount of time is 7-9 hours per night. For the best quality sleep, avoid caffeine after lunchtime, make sure the room is dark and turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime. On the topic of bed, shaking the sheets can do wonders for your immune system too! It is reported that people who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders.
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