Boosting the Immune System
Sleep and Rest
Your body needs to rest between 8 and 10 hours a night. Every night. We cannot say enough how much your body needs sleep and rest, especially now that we are exposed to blue light from our computers and phones constantly. However, a sound sleep without any disturbance from light and sound produces the best hormonal response.
Sleep has two distinct benefits in terms of boosting the immune system: first of all, getting enough sleep allows the body to naturally heal and detoxify. When you are stressed or anxious, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol which lowers your immunity. During an adrenaline response, your body will shift energy away from the immune system and digestive to temporarily allow you to escape any perceived danger. This feature of the human body worked great to keep our ancestors alive, but now can greatly impact your healthy immune response as it has become very common to suffer from adrenal fatigue due to poor diet and stressful lifestyle.
Eat Your Veggies
Just as your mother would say, you should eat your veggies. Actually, you should eat foods with high antioxidant levels. Fruits and vegetables, berries, dark greens, whole grains all contain an array of antioxidants and phytonutrients. These components can neutralize free radicals throughout the body.
Three of our top super foods to boost your antioxidant levels are turmeric, raw cacao and goji berries! These super foods support not only our immunity, but other systems of the body as well!
Beware of Food Allergies
A food allergy is when your immune system mistakenly responds to a particular food as foreign invader, initiating a host of unpleasant side effects. Your immune system creates antibodies to fight this mistaken pathogen, which can damage the body over time and create inconvenience in daily life. An immune system weakened by stress and poor diet will create more issues than a more active immune system which is better equipped to respond in a more appropriate way.
One of the most important reasons we encourage our guests to eat organic is because of the link between food allergies and conventionally farmed produce, meat and dairy. The excessive pesticides and GMOs used in conventionally farmed products have been linked to the decades long spike in immune system and developmental disorders throughout the world. GMOs and processed foods can cause leaky gut syndrome, in which undigested proteins, sugars and fats leak from the small intestine and into the bloodstream. Leaky Gut Syndrome can cause chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, brain fog and even autoimmune conditions.
We now know that exercise makes our body stronger, increases circulation of blood, stimulates the lymphatic system and helps the body flush toxins and deliver nutrients to every cell.
Fitting more exercise into your daily routine will not only help to lose weight but also can boost your immune system and keep you from getting sick easily, especially during the winter months.
When you exercise, your body also releases endorphins which will improve energy level and overall mood. When you feel good, your immune system will instantly perform better! One of our favorite ways to build immunity and increase microcirculation is to use an ice plunge pool!
Drink Enough Water
Water not only keeps you hydrated, but also carries oxygen to every single one of your cells. Oxygenated cells are optimized cells!
Water is also effective in removing toxins from the body, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up and harming your immune system.
The most important time of day to get hydrated is after you wake up and before consuming any other foods or liquids!
No Smoking, No Alcohol
Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. At least 43 are known carcinogens. Your body tries to fight each and every chemical as foreign bodies. This happens every time you smoke and leaves your immune system tired and unfit to fight against diseases.
There is strong evidence that alcohol disrupts immune pathways and affect the body’s ability to defend against infection.
Increase your Vit C and Vitamin D intake
Research shows beneficial effects of vitamin D on the immune system, in particular for the prevention of autoimmunity. Direct sunlight triggers the skin’s production of vitamin D. In the summer, a 10-15-minute exposure is enough to strengthen the immune system. However, it is recommended you don’t wash the parts of your body exposed to sunlight with soap for 24 hours after exposure. Vitamin D is fat soluble and can take some time to be fully absorbed into the body.