This year has been a major year for colds, viruses, and flus. Our immune systems have had a rough go of it, and now it’s time to give our immune system some TLC.
Enjoy fresh air
It does the body a lot of good to step outside into the fresh air. Especially, on a nice bright sunny day. Going for a walk, spending time in the yard, riding bikes, gardening, all these things can be done in the great outdoors. Spending time outside can help with relieving energy and stress. If you have kids, one of the best ways for them to run off some energy is to be outside. In addition, getting outside and moving your body can promote a better night’s sleep.
Pay attention to diet
The foods that you put into your body directly affect the way you feel. Your diet is very important. Most of the nutrients supporting your body come from the foods you eat, and certain foods can impair nutrient absorption.
- Folate supports the methylation cycle which supports almost every function in the body including immune system regulation, DNA repair, and detoxification. One suggestion: add leafy greens into your diet. Leafy greens are a major source of Folate. Click here, to read more about Folate’s benefits for the body.
- Vitamin B12 is found in animal proteins. The Methylation cycle depends on Folate and B12 to reduce homocysteine. B12 is essential for energy production, cardiovascular health, immune health, and digestive health. Click here for an MTHFR Friendly B Complex containing both Folate and B12.
- Choline is another essential nutrient and methyl donor, meaning it supports the methylation system. Choline regulates homocysteine and is needed for adequate neurotransmitter synthesis. Additionally, it protects against cognitive decline and aids in memory and mood. It can be found in animal proteins such as eggs and meat.
- Vitamin C is important for neurotransmitter production as well as immune function. Want to improve your immune system? Vitamin C is your ticket. It’s found in citrus, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, and blueberries. Click here for an MTHFR Friendly Multivitamin with Vitamin C, in a form that is gentle on the stomach.
- Glutathione is an antioxidant which helps reduce free radicals and oxidative stress from the body. It can be found in Sulphur-rich foods such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, eggs, onion, and garlic. These foods are needed for detoxification and are beneficial in maintaining good health. Click here to read more about Glutathione.
- Remember, you also need to pay attention to what should be avoided in a diet. Toxins such as: folic acid, processed foods, heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, should be avoided. Be mindful of your sugar consumption and try and eat healthy fats instead of unhealthy ones.
Stock up with immune system support
Sometimes your immune system needs a little support. One way to help support your immune system is by boosting it with vitamins, specifically the one’s mentioned above. It can be hard to meet all our nutritional needs through diet, therefore, a little help with supplementation can go a long way. One suggestion is to find a high-quality multi-vitamin, preferably one with Zinc, Vitamin C, and B vitamins to really support immune health. Additionally, you can boost your immune system with immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulin’s remove toxins and unwanted molecules from the body and provide a healthier environment. Immunoglobulins flag unwanted invaders informing the immune system, and allow for efficient elimination of the toxins. Click here to learn more about Immunoglobulin’s.
Practice Good Hygiene
- Wash your hands! Wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating, before touching your face, after coughing/sneezing, after touching animals. Make sure you are using soap and scrub your hands for 20-30 seconds. Don’t forget to clean in between fingers, under nails, and the back of your hands.
- If you must cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or toilet paper. If you don’t have anything, then try doing it into your elbow crease.
- Be mindful of where your hands have been and try not to touch your face.
Get Quality Sleep
Rest is necessary for optimal health. You should aim for 8 hours of quality sleep every night. Rest plays an essential role in recovering from illnesses, maintaining a healthy immune system, and giving you the energy you need for the next day.
We have a few tips to help you get better sleep at night!
- Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning to establish a routine.
- Wake up at the same time during the weekends as you do on the weekdays.
- If noise is bothering you, try wearing ear plugs to help cover up sound.
- Put down your phone. Quit checking it. If you are struggling to sleep, try reading a book instead.
- Make sure your mattress is comfortable.
- Turn down your thermostat. Keeping a cooler temperature can help you sleep better.
- Avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
- Don’t eat too much before bed.
- Keep your room nice and dark, this can help your body get ready for bedtime.
- Magnesium helps the brain feel relaxed and calm, reducing anxiety provoking thoughts and allowing the body to feel relaxed and at ease. Soaking in a chelated Magnesium bath before bed can help reduce anxious thoughts and make falling asleep easier. Click here for BiomeIQ’s Pure Magnesium Chelate which is a fast-acting powder form of Magnesium Glycinate.
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