10 Valuable Tips to Boost Your Immunity
Getting the right immune support is key to getting well and staying well
Incorporate these simple, yet powerful elements into your daily life to boost your immunity and enjoy robust health and vitality.
Improve Sleep Hygiene
Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night (Talk to your health care professional about supplementing with magnesium which also supports muscle relaxation). A normal sleep cycle supports the body to restore and recharge and reduces the tendency to illness.
Make sure you get a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day.
Nutritional Insurance and Supplementation
Take a high potency high quality multivitamin daily (iron free and copper free) check with your health professional first. Nutrient needs are often increased if immunity is under stress. Taking a high quality supplement is a good insurance policy.
Get Adequate Protein
Adequate Protein is crucial to Robust Immunity Make sure you get 3-4 servings of high quality protein daily (or use protein powders smoothies and shakes to supplement). Although plant based diets show lower rates of cancer it is not required to be vegetarian or vegan to eat a healthy anti-cancer diet. Low immunity as well as poor wound healing is linked to inadequate protein intake.
Enhance Your Adaptation to Stress
Ongoing stress saps immunity and resistance to illness. Use Adaptogenic Herbs such as Astragalus, Ganoderma, Cordyceps, Ginseng Eleutherococcus (Siberian ginseng), Ashwagandha, Agaricus, Rhodiola (with the guidance of your health professional).
Promote Healthy Intestinal Ecology
Enhance friendly bacteria. Eat fermented foods or take a probiotic supplement (ask your health professional first). The healthy friendly bacteria in your gut is actually a vital and essential part of normal immunity as well as normal detoxification, normal inflammation control and normal detoxification.
Supplement with Vitamin D to boost your immunity
Ask your health care provider to perform a blood test to make sure your Vitamin D levels are between 55-80 ng/ml. Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to increased rates of infection and increased rates of immune-suppressed illnesses.
Eat more Mushrooms – and Vegetables too!
(Be sure you do not have a food sensitivity first). Mushrooms are rich in polysaccharides and beta glucans that enhance normal robust immunity. Mushrooms are also rich in Selenium which has been shown to be a vital nutrient to normal immune and cardiovascular health. More vegetables every day boost phytonutrients and are a valuable part of immune-protecting protocols. (Tip: you can also get a daily dose of Selenium from just 2 brazil nuts daily!)
Acupuncture for immune support
Acupuncture can increase your natural killer cells which are part of your immune system’s army that specifically targets viral infections and abnormal cells.
Meditate for at least 20 minutes once or twice daily. Meditation not only has a positive impact on immunity but also on mood, sleep, concentration and memory.