Your immune system is complex.
It is made up of multiple cells, tissues, and organs that all work together to protect you from illness, viruses, and infections.
The ability to fight back against infections and diseases solely depends on your immune system.
This is why it’s so important that you take care of it and find ways to support it year round.
Since your immune system is not just one single entity, supporting it is a bigger job than just eating one type of food or adding something to your diet. A healthy lifestyle is your best option to keep your immune system running smoothly.
Here are a number of ways how you can create a stronger and healthier immune system.
5 Ways To Support Your Immune System
1. Eat Healthy & Whole Foods
While there may not be one single food you can eat to support your immune system, it’s extremely important to eat the “right foods” that will support your body.
Introducing color variety, a “rainbow” of colors, such as fruits and veggies into your diet and eating healthy and whole foods will ensure that your gut is receiving those key vitamins and nutrients and is able to fight off invading bacteria.
2. Add Probiotics To Your Diet
Supporting your gut, is more than eating well.
Your gut and immune system are interconnected and when things are balanced in your gut, your immune system will thrive.
So, what are probiotics and how do they help?
Your body constantly has good and bad bacteria in it. Probiotics are the good bacteria that are found in your gut or intestinal tract. When you catch a cold, bad bacteria outweigh the good bacteria. By adding more good bacteria to your body, you strengthen your immune system to fight off the bad.
Common foods contain probiotics:
- Cottage cheese
- Sour Dough
If you’re allergic or have an intolerance to any of the above foods, or simply don’t care for them, another way to introduce probiotics into your system is by using supplements.
3. Get Consistent Sleep
You’ve heard it a million times, sleep is so important to your body for various reasons and one of them is the impact it has on your immune system.
Lack of sleep causes your body to produce hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, the “stress hormones”, and both of these put a strain on your immune system.
A study found that you’re less likely to catch a cold if you sleep at least 7 hours per night versus those who get less than 6 hours of sleep. However, how much sleep you need will also depend on your age.
4. Stay Active
Regular moderate exercise can help your body fight off bacteria and viruses.
Exercise promotes good blood circulation and allows the cells in your immune system to circulate faster and freely. Moderate exercise also lowers your stress hormones, which strengthens your immune system.
Stay active by taking a walk, go for a run or jog, or do some at-home workouts from YouTube.
Whatever you do to get your body moving will ultimately help your immune system.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
While consuming water alone won’t protect you from illness, the side effects of becoming dehydrated can increase your susceptibility to getting sick.
Your body needs water to survive and function properly, so it’s no surprise that all the different parts of your body that compose your immune system need water to function as well.
Help your body clean out toxins naturally simply by increasing your water intake. You also become dehydrated while you sleep so make sure to start your day off by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up.
How IV Hydration Helps Boost Your Immune System
Hydration and vitamins are extremely important to help boost and strengthen your immune system.
At Elevation Hydration in Colorado Springs, we use intravenous hydration therapy to make sure you’re receiving 100% of the vitamins you need. Bypassing the gut entirely means a much higher absorption rate than taking oral supplements.
Try our Immune Tune Hydration therapy, specifically tailored to help you boost your immune system with vitamins C and D3, Zinc, and Glutathione.
Strengthening your immune system is crucial so call us or book your appointment online today.