Your immune system has a very important job, and the decisions you make each day play a key role in its effectiveness.
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(1) Minimize stress
First things first, minimizing stress is one of the best things you can do for yourself in general.
Short periods of stress are normal and are not a huge area of concern. However, chronic and extended periods of stress can be detrimental to your health and need to be addressed ASAP.
You need to cut out those things and people in your life who are not adding high value to your experience. Toxic relationships and situations need to go. You don’t need the drama in your life. And while this may be easier said than done, you can take baby steps to rid yourself of low vibrating relationships.
If it is a job, finances, parenting, or some other aspect of your life that is keeping you stressed, it is important that you look at what you can do to heal those particular areas.
There is always a way out, but it does take a commitment to your well-being to take the necessary steps.
I highly recommend joining my free Ultimate You challenge to set the stage for lasting change. Here are a few other things you can do to avoid the negative impacts of stress.
- Say “yes” to mental health days
- Prioritize your self-care
- Adopt a daily gratitude practice
- Get enough sleep
- Talk to a therapist
- Find a trusted friend or family member you can talk to
The other tips featured in this post will also be helpful in helping you manage your stress levels.
(2) Stay on top of your doctor appointments
Make sure you schedule and attend all of your regular physical examinations. This is the best way to address any health issues you may have, and catch problems early.
Often times we wait until problems have grown out of control before we seek medical attention, and that is not the best way to go. The goal is to be proactive and not necessarily reactive.
With that being said, regular examinations could possibly detect any issues that may be negatively impacting your immune system. You can then work with a medical professional to address these issues.
(3) Eat nutritious foods
I’m not telling you to go on a strict diet. Doing so will only cause unnecessary stress. I do, however, encourage you to pay attention to how your body reacts to different types of food.
Foods that make you feel sluggish and low on energy, foods that make you jittery, and foods that regularly cause discomfort should be greatly decreased or removed from your diet altogether.
You should also try to adhere to professional recommendations for a more balanced diet as closely as possible. Again, you don’t have to eliminate all of your favorite foods but do strive for a more balanced and nutritious diet overall.
(4) Practice good hygiene
Good hygiene is a non-negotiable when it comes to supporting your immune system. Regular handwashing, showering, and dental care are just a few ways to keep your hygiene in check.
Good hygiene habits are about more than just physical appearance. It’s about your overall well-being.
(5) Exercise regularly
I’m sure you’re not surprised that exercise made the list as it is one of the most commonly recommended tips for healthy living.
You have to move your body.
You don’t necessarily have to do anything strenuous. Your daily exercise routine could consist of a simple walk around the neighborhood, riding a bike, or jogging on the treadmill.
(6) Get the recommended hours of sleep
Sleep is commonly neglected in adulthood and yet it is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. It is vital to every aspect of your bodily functions.
Sleep deprivation can actually make you sick! You need to get adequate high-quality sleep to allow your body to heal, reset, and do what it does best.
(7) Take advantage of supplements
Many of us are not getting the essential vitamins and nutrients we need from the foods we eat. And in this case, it is highly recommended that you take supplements.
Our Favorite Vitamins
Speaking of supplements and vitamins, I think it’s only fair that I share my family’s favorite vitamins with you all.
I really like this Women’s Daily Supercharge vita-gummy for myself personally. It is made with 9 key super nutrients and 12 organic fruits and veggies to support: better sleep, digestive health, immune system, and stress relief. It also has 70% less sugar than leading brands which is a huge plus for me.
For the kids, we have been using First Day’s Kids Daily Essential Multivitamin. It utilizes organic ingredients, is gelatin-free, and contains 50%-80% less sugar than leading brands. They contain 9 essential nutrients, and the kids really love the taste.
For immune support specifically, we are currently obsessed with Aiborne’s delicious Elderberry Immune Support Gummies. However, we have also been using Beekeepers’ Naturals throat sprays, probiotics, and lozenges to give our immune systems that extra bit of assistance. I love that Beekeeper’s Naturals’ products use bee propolis so I’ve been stocking up on more of their products.
What are some steps you are taking to support your immune system? Please feel free to share in the comments!
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