How to Best Support Your Immune System
I just experienced my very first, full-on flu. In the past, I believe that I've often said "Ugh, I've got the flu! This is awful!" when I actually just felt a bit feverish. But then... I got... THE flu and soon realized that I had absolutely no idea what I was talking about before. So, in the spirit of saving others from the pain and suffering of any serious yuckiness this season, I've gathered a few tips for avoiding potential germ attacks for the remainder of winter.
PRIORITIZE SLEEP >> If you can do your best to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night (I know, I know... this is a big ask), it will hugely help support your overall immune system function during the winter. I think my grandmother got it right -- whenever she felt even the smallest twinge of sickness coming on, her number one rule was to immediately stop everything and simply rest. The power of a good night's sleep should never be underestimated. And here's some interesting info to help determine if you're getting enough.
HANDS OFF >> Try not to touch your face. It's seems basic enough, but you'd be amazed how much we mess with our noggins throughout the day. Resist the urge to fuss with your eyes, nose and mouth. It's the most common way for germs enter your system. For kicks, watch this video to learn how to wash your hands like a doctor!
DRINK UP >> We swear by a lemon-ginger-honey-tumeric-cinnamon-cayenne concoction (recipe: Morning Detox Tea >> Into The Gloss). It's actually super yummy and comforting in the AM, combining spice and heat for anti-inflammatory and metabolism boosters.
EAT THIS >> And last but not least, here's a few good ideas for boosting your immune system with the foods you ingest...
- Super C Immune Boosting Smoothie >> The Healthy Chef
- 18-Immune Boosting Recipes >> Brit + Co.
- 9 Power Foods That Boost Immunity >> Prevention
Even if you choose to focus on improving just 1 of the above, you'll likely be the better for it.
Cheers to staying healthy this season!
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