Keep your immune system strong

Lisa StoryConscious Living

  1. Get plenty of proper rest each day. 7-8 hours between the hours of 10pm-6am is best.  Our immune system can’t do its job when we’re fatigued.
  2. Stay well hydrated with 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day.  Start your day with a glass of water with 1/2 lemon squeezed into it.  The vitamin C provided an immunity boost AND supports liver detoxification.
  3. Reduce processed, refined foods and eat MORE fresh fruits, vegetables and whole foods.
  4. Reduce or eliminate refined sugar and alcohol. The body receives these as toxins and for your lovely body to do its job and remove the toxins, it depletes nutrients and energy from the cells to do so. This in turn makes us more susceptible to colds and flus. Yes…I know red wine contains antioxidants, however regarding immunity, the benefits of avoiding or reducing alcohol FAR outweigh the minimal benefits found by consuming it. Enjoy wine and treats when your system is strong, healthy and not under stress. Short term they may feel beneficial, but long-term they only increase the physical and mental stress your body experiences.
  5. Move your beautiful body….every day. Getting outside in the sunshine and fresh air when possible is even better. Exercise removes excess sugars from your muscles and body, relieves stress and helps you sleep better. Excess sugar, stress and poor sleep = lowered immune function.
  6. Manage stress by reducing non-essential time commitments and include additional gentle self-care practices. These could include exercise, time in nature, yoga, Epsom salt baths with lavender oil, journaling, spending time talking with friends, or taking time to slow down the breath. I also find breathwork to be helpful. Several slow deep inhales through the mouth followed by soft exhales out the mouth can work wonders.
  7. Incorporate immune boosting supplements, foods and adaptogens. Sip Holy Basil Tulsi tea. Ginger, turmeric, garlic, onions, lemon juice, and mushrooms are excellent to be adding to your foods. Take your multi-vitamin, vitamin C, vitamin D, fish or algae oil, magnesium and probiotics. Adaptogens I rely on include: maca, reshi, chaga, lion’s mane and rhodiala extract. There are SO many options available.     
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Lisa Story is a Certified Health Coach with over 20 years in the health education and wellness industry. It's her mission is to help you experience more energy, vitality, and contentment so you can enjoy the most fulfilling life possible.