So, my roommate caught a cold a few weeks ago. As careful as I was, I still ended up with a sore throat and runny nose. I couldn’t understand how I got the bug when I did everything to avoid it. Never underestimate how contagious a common cold can be. No matter how healthy we are, sickness can still hit us right in the sinuses. Everyone’s immune system can use an improvement, so here’s a list of the best tips to keep you out of bed.
The majority of your immune system is located in your stomach. So, common sense or a quick search will tell you to keep that gut and intestines clear of toxins. You can prevent illness and even improve your digestion by keeping your stomach and intestines clean and healthy. Yogurt contains billions of bacteria per serving, but don’t worry it’s the good kind. Your body needs these live and active cultures to help fight off disease. I love the Whips! By Yoplait. I try to eat ½ cup of yogurt as part of my breakfast.
Studies have found that people who take cold showers fall ill significantly less than those who take warmer showers. The immune system increases the amount of white blood cells when you’re taking a cold shower because your body naturally tries it warm up. Try taking a cold shower or bath for 30 days straight and tell me that you don’t feel invincible. I took a cold shower every night for two weeks straight and my body and mental thanked me for it!
People who don’t get enough sunshine are at a higher risk of illness. As you can imagine, many children, as well as adults don’t get enough sun or vitamin D thanks to modern technology. You can get your daily dose of vitamin D by eating chicken, salmon, and eggs. Spending at least half an hour outside will not only give nutrients to your body but will also give your mood a boost.
Stress can become chronic and cause severe health issues overtime such as depression, weight problems, and life-threatening diseases. The hormones that are released when you’re body is under stress can decrease your white blood cell count, making you more susceptible to illness. If you have worries and stress that run your mind, learn to de-stress by practicing yoga a few times a week. Yoga helps me organize my mind and priorities, which takes a lot of the stress and anxiety out of my life.
Most diseases are caused by inflammation. Consequently, turmeric is jammed packed with anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Curcumin is the active ingredients in turmeric, which has been linked to improving cell health and immunity. Turmeric has been used to heal infections, digestive problems and much more. You can incorporate this herb in your diet by adding it to your tea or smoothies.