Eight Practical Ways to Boost Your Immunity

 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

Fickle weather, pollution, and the holiday stress can do a number on our immune system.

Here are 8 ways you can boost your immune system:

Squeeze some O.J.

Citrus fruits such as calamansi, lemons, grapefruits and oranges restore the body’s acid-alkali balance and support healthy bacteria to
defeat viruses and harmful bacteria.

Drink water with freshly squeezed lemon juice, add lemon to your tea and salad dressings.  Splurge on your favorite citrus fruits and stay healthy!

Get a good night’s sleep.

Sleep results in balanced hormone levels, including those that promote growth and control stress.

It helps to keep weight down and results in clear thinking, an improved mood and vibrant, healthy skin.  All these spell good health and strong immune system.<

Eat lots of protein.

Protein is the key to a healthy body.  Be sure to include protein in every meal and lower your carb intake if you can.

Carbs convert readily to glucose which spikes blood sugar and stresses the pancreas, including the immune system.</

Cut back on refined white sugar.

Cutting back on sweets will improve your energy level, boost your weight loss efforts and your immune system.

If you must take in sugar, go for brown sugar or, better yet, honey, which helps boost the immune system, too.

Eat raw fruits and vegetables.

Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes, the nutritional content you receive from raw fruits and veggies is
unparalleled.  Vitamins, especially Vitamin C, protect cells from damage by toxins in the environment.

Fruits like berries and veggies like broccoli are high in flavonoids, polyphenols and other antioxidants.

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Hand washing is your best defense against illness!

Nurture yourself.

Make sure you find time to pamper yourself.  Have a massage, go to the salon, watch a funny movie.  Our bodies respond to positive or negative emotions, so always be in a good mood to avoid catching bugs.

When you are happy, you are far less likely to get sick.  Staying stress-free boosts immunity.

Drink lots of water.

Stay well hydrated to ensure that your immunity is at its peak.  Taking lots of clear soup and drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day helps flush away viruses and waste materials that make you sick.

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