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Keeping Your Immune System Healthy

 

With so much emphasis on Covid 19 and keeping your immune system healthy I thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the actions we could take to stay health!  Certainly our immune systems are at the heart of our health and well-being.  Here are some things we can do to check our immune system and make sure they we are at the top of our game!

Stress and Your Immune System

Stress causes an inflammatory response within the body that can greatly affect your fight-or-flight response by releasing too much of the stress hormone cortisol. It also leaves us more vulnerable to infections and disease.

When you’re stressed out your those stress hormones tax your immune system. So one of the most important ways to boost immunity is to reduce stress. Reducing stress is key to a healthy immune system.  Work toward living a balanced life.  Look at your work-life balance.  Take breaks when you need them (both short water-cooler breaks and longer vacations), and employ some calming or relaxing stress-reduction techniques  Stress reduction techniques like practicing mindfulness.  Mindfulness is a type of meditation that is showing great results in the field of health.

If you’re feeling really burned out , taking adrenal support supplements like Ashwaganda can sometimes be helpful. There are other herbs or supplements that might help.  Look for supplements that known to support the immune system and help with stress.  There are many science based websites that provide good information on herbs and supplements that support immunity.

Sugar May Not Be All Sweet for Immunity

Diabetes SignWho doesn’t love their favorite dessert? Unfortunately, the desserts choose have many times have a lot of sugar in them. Worse than that, many manufacturers have started  hiding sugar in their labels to try and fool consumers regarding the health of their product. Sugar, processed meat, vegetable oils, and alcohol tend to be inflammatory foods.  They busy the immune system, leaving other problems in your body unaddressed. Cutting back on sugar or removing foods that spike blood sugar would be beneficial for you immune system.  Educate yourself on foods that are inflammatory, like refined sugar and remove these inflammatory foods if you really want a healthy immune system.

Exercise for Immunity

Women exercising for Cardiovascular healthExercise can be one of the best things to do to boost your immunity. But don’t over do it.  Too much exercise can be stressful on the body and can be tough on the immune system. The key is always balance.  You want to exercise for health and not to the detriment of your immune system.

So how much exercise?  Well that is really dependent upon the individual and their particular circumstances.  So how can you find out what is best for you?  Let me Google that for you, lol.

Sleep Is Important

Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, causing a double whammy if you skimp on shut-eye. Chronic sleep loss even makes the flu vaccine less effective by reducing your body’s ability to respond.

If you’re having a difficult time getting to sleep, look for natural solutions like melatonin or you could try the many binaural beats that can be found for free on YouTube.  Keeping your bedroom cool and dark can help with getting better sleep.  Having a regular routine time of when you go to bed at night as well as limiting your caffeine intake could also be beneficial for a good nights sleep.

Sleep is important to your health and your immune system.  Be sure you are getting enough sleep to maintain optimal health and well-being.

Take a Nap

Taking a nap during the day maybe a way of keeping your immune system healthy.  One study advises taking two 30-minute-or-less daily naps to help mitigate sleep deprivations effects on the immune system.  Power naps are an excellent way to keep your immune system happy and refresh yourself during the day.

Nitric Oxide May Help

Cardio Cocktail smallWhat many people don’t know about Cardio Cocktail and Cardio for Life is that they can also support the immune system.  Booth products are known for their ability to support your cardiovascular health but, they also are important for the support of your immune system.  Nitric oxide plays many beneficial roles in our bodies.  Supplements like Cardio Cocktail and Cardio for Life give your body what it needs to make sure your nitric oxide levels are optimal.