While there is still so much that is yet to be discovered about the immune system, fostering healthy lifestyle habits is likely to support immune function. Here are four simple strategies you can implement today.
Eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies.
Antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies help to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Additionally, micronutrient deficiencies – or falling short on important vitamins and minerals – can make your body more vulnerable. Eating a diet full of nutrient-rich foods is an important line of defense. And these foods are some of our favorites for supporting healthy immune function.
Get adequate sleep.
Most of us are living in a sleep-deprived state, but sleep deserves to be put as a priority. Getting adequate sleep not only helps to protect against the development of several chronic conditions, but it also helps keep the hormones responsible for regulating your appetite – ghrelin and leptin – in check. Give your body a chance to rest and recover from the day so it can function its best tomorrow.
Support a healthy gut.
Our gut bacteria comprise more than 75 percent of the immune system – so enjoy foods containing both probiotics and prebiotics. Prebiotics promote the growth of “good” bacteria while probiotics are the “good” bacteria. Together, they make a great team. Some of our go-to foods for prebiotics? Bananas, onions, beans, and whole grains. And you can find probiotics in fermented foods, like cultured dairy or non-dairy yogurts, sauerkraut, kombucha, and tempeh.
Mild acute stress can actually be positive – it can help you avoid danger or motivate you to meet a deadline. But, long-term, chronic stress may impact your sleep, mental well-being, and immune function. Long-term stressors can take a toll, so find ways to be kind to yourself and manage your stress healthfully.
In the meantime, sip on this bright orange Immunity Boost Smoothie. It delivers an energizing lift, whether you’re feeling under the weather or on top of the world. The fresh ginger and turmeric add flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits.