Best Practices for Your Immune System


Prevention via a strong immune system is truly the key to avoiding colds, flu, infection, and illness. Keep your fighting soldiers at the ready on a daily basis by giving them the fuel that they need. Below are a few important tips!





Proper Hygiene


  • Make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.

  • Hand sanitizers with essential oils.

  • Don't touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth) without washing your hands.


Sleep


  • Your immune system powers up at night.

  • Lack of sleep can cause the inflammatory immune response to activate, reducing the activity of T cells in the body.

  • Try to sleep for 7–8 hours and avoid having an all-nighter. If you happen to be traveling in different time zones on a regular basis, consume 2–3mg of Melatonin to reset the circadian rhythm.


Proper Nutrition


  • Stop eating garbage - sodas, fast food, sugar, Gatorade, cereal, etc.

  • Eat your veggies!

  • Vitamins are in real food, not processed foods.

  • For a healthy liver, cruciferous vegetables like Kale, Broccoli and Cabbage should be included in daily diet. Healthy liver ensures the body’s’ natural detoxification process.


Stress Management


  • Chronic stress suppresses the immune system.

  • Try meditation apps on your phone such as Headspace, Calm, and InnerBalance.

  • Incorporate Yoga and/or deep breathing into your routine. Try Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube!


Drink Water


  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

  • Water helps the body flush out toxins, bacteria, and viruses.


Reduce Inflammation


  • Sugar, processed meat, vegetable oils, and alcohol tend to be inflammatory foods so they busy the immune system, leaving other problems in your body unaddressed. That's why it can be really helpful to remove these inflammatory foods if we want a healthy immune system.



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