Colder weather is soon approaching so it’s also time to start preparing for cold and flu season.
There are a few things you can do this year to build your immunity naturally and to help you and your family make it through the cold and flu season healthy and happy. The key to staying healthy is to strengthen your immune system so that your body can fight any virus as it enters the body. Here are some easy ways to boost your immune system.
Add Some Sunshine to Your Life
Vitamin D may be the secret to avoiding the cold and flu as it plays an important role in strengthening your defense system. Vitamin D is produced when your body gets adequate levels of sunshine. During the winter in our Northeast region, even less is produced. Therefore, it’s important to find alternative ways of getting this powerful immune-boosting vitamin. One great source of Vitamin D is cod liver oil. In addition to the Vitamin D it offers, it’s also a great source of Vitamin A, which is an immune system superstar, and Omega 3 fatty acids, which holds significant health benefits for the heart, brain, skin, and much more.
We all know about the amazing benefits of exercise on our overall health and well-being. Exercise is also one of the most powerful ways to boost your immune system. Exercise not only improves the circulation of white blood cells throughout your body, but it has been shown to increase the production of natural killer T-cells, which are essential for maintaining an optimum immune response. The amount of exercise required to get an immune boost is relatively low. A 20-minute brisk walk, 4 to 5 times a week, can improve your body’s immune response.
Decrease Your Sugar Intake
Sugar has a harmful effect on your immune system. Americans consume an average of 2-3 pounds of sugar per person every year which compromises your immune system during cold and flu season.
Increases your intake of fruits and vegetables. This will ensure that your body is getting all of the vitamins and minerals that are essential to fighting off cold and flu viruses.