Finding ways to stay healthy is all too important during cold and flu season, but especially during a pandemic. Here are some tips to boost your immune system and keep those around you safe.
With us transitioning into a new season (yay it’s fall!) and celebrating the last few weeks of warmth, we can’t help but wonder how the last months of the year are going to look. The pandemic is still raging in most of the country, travel is still down, and health is obviously on a lot of our minds. On the upside, maybe no annoying friends and family this year?
While we can expect things to feel different than we’re used to, some things still remain the same. It’s cold and flu season and staying healthy and non-contagious super important. Here are some easy tips you can use to boost your immune system and stay healthy, not just for you but for the people around you.
Ways To Boost Your Immune System
The human body is up to 60% water and requires frequent hydration for proper function. Getting enough water every day plays a part in maintaining a strong and healthy immune system. Water carries oxygen and other nutrients to your cells and helps flush out toxins that may otherwise accumulate and weaken your immune system. We tend to drink less water during the colder months, so remembering to get your 64 ounces during cold and flu season? Pretty important. An easy way to get your daily limit is by keeping a bottle of water in your purse or sports bag and remember to hydrate as needed.
Eat a nutrient-dense diet.
You are what you eat, but once the -ember months roll around, it’s easy to go back on fitness and health vows and start eyeing the mashed potatoes with extra butter and the fat sliver of pie with a dollop of whipped cream that’s more like the size of your fist. While we would never tell you to skip comfort foods (seriously, moderation is key), make sure you’re still loading up on fruits and veggies like you normally would. Greens, sweet potatoes, and carrots are all solid options when the holidays roll around and are as delicious as they are nutritious.
Take vitamins and supplements.
We think it’s common knowledge that citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are a good source of vitamins, particularly vitamin C, but what happens if you’re falling short of your daily needs? Taking vitamins and supplements is a great option if you’re finding it hard to meet your nutrient requirements with your diet. Here’s a list of some of the vitamins and minerals that can boost your immune system and how to find them:
- Vitamin C: citrus fruits, strawberries, watermelon, sweet red peppers
- Vitamin D: natural sunshine, oily fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna)
- Vitamin E: avocados, seeds, nuts, nut oils
- B Complex Vitamin: legumes, mushrooms, whole grains
- Iron: spinach, tofu, lentils, cashews
- Zinc - oysters, red meat, poultry, nuts
Consider using CBD.
Did you know that CBD can help boost your immune system? CBD is known for its natural ability to fight or reduce inflammation. It also acts as an immunosuppressant (suppresses the immune system) and an immunomodulator (modifies or controls the immune system). While this may not be the desired outcome for healthy individuals who likely won’t notice much of a change to their immunity, people with autoimmune diseases or hyperactive immune systems may find CBD helpful in this case. CBD benefits compound and can strengthen and regulate their immunity over time.
Move your body.
Moving your body is one of the last things we want to do as the temperatures start dropping, especially if you already have a case of the sniffles. But getting in some exercise, even if it’s just a light or casual walk, can boost your immune system. Exercise in the form of 30 to 60 minutes of cardio and strength training three to five times per week keeps your immunity and the overall health of your body in check by enhancing cell performance, reducing stress, and increasing blood flow. When you’re already under the weather, this increase in blood flow can result in better oxygen transport, toxin and bacterial release, and strengthening of white blood cells, helping your body fight off infection and have you feeling better soon. So, lace up.
Get enough sleep.
Did you know that sleep plays a significant role in your immune system and your ability to fend off inflammation, bacteria, and more? Sleep is when the body is at rest and able to repair and store cell damage and wear. It releases cytokines, a protein that promotes sleep and helps stave off inflammation, infection, and stress. So, if you’re not getting enough sleep, then there’s a good chance you’re leaving yourself susceptible to respiratory ailments like a cold, flu, COVID-19, and more. Doctors recommend we get a minimum of six to eight hours every night. Our Sleeping Beauty CBD helps promote sleep so you feel refreshed and ready to go in the morning.