|Posted on January 1, 2016 at 2:15 AM|
Not everyone is confortable when considering taking the fall flu shot. Do the benefits outweigh concerns? Whether you decide to get a flu shot is a personal choice. However, either way it is important to boost immunity. By boosting immunity, you increase resistance to colds, flu, and many other conditions. Here are some basic steps to improving immunity.
Lifestyle impacts your immune system. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, avoid toxins, be physically active, manage body weight and get adequate sleep.
Stress impacts immunity. Higher stress levels can translate into lower immunity. Daily practice of relaxation is needed to overcome daily stressors. Engage in activities you find relaxing, use breathing exercises for relaxation, meditation, or other methods.
Avoid refined sugars and excess fat. Naturally occurring sugar is found in many foods, but it is the added sugar (refined) that works against the immune system. Eat plenty of healthy protein and quality essential fatty acids (ex. Nuts).
Supplement your diet. Try as we may, it is not possible to eat a perfect diet daily. To offset this, take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement. Your vitamin B-complex, C, E, zinc, and selenium are especially important to boosting immunity.
Get enough vitamin D. Research has shown about 10% of the human genome (more than 2,000 genes) need vitamin D. People with low vitamin D levels are more prone to respiratory issues. Likewise, children who take 1,200 IU of vitamin D daily reduce risk of developing flu by over 50%.
For those with impaired immune systems a more proactive approach may be needed. Several good botanical based products have been shown to improve immunity. If you are interested in a botanical approach to boosting the immune system, please stop by to discuss your personalized approach .
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