How can you boost your immune system so that your body fights off sickness before it takes hold of you? Here are 6 of the most powerful tips to boost your immune system:
1. Focus on Vitamin D
This is probably THE most important of all of these tips.
If you get your vitamin D levels tested, you generally want to be between 40-80 ng/ml. Once you get above 50 ng/ml, that’s where the real benefits start to happen with a maximized immune system and balanced hormones.
You might be surprised to know that MOST people have low vitamin D levels (especially in the winter), and a lot of people are surprised to find that they could be dangerously low. In fact, many people who think they are reasonably healthy actually have levels below 20 ng/ml, which is a range that could severely limit your immune system and hormone balance. For people that are inside most of the day (working, whatever keeps you from enjoying the outside) are not getting the amount of UVB rays from the sun necessary for your body to produce a healthy level of Vitamin D so you’ll most likely need supplemental Vitamin D3 to keep blood levels of vitamin D from dropping too low.
2. Garlic to strengthen your immune system
Garlic is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Not only does high dose garlic go back thousands of years for treatment of sickness, but recent studies back up the legendary claims for garlic boosting your immune system. If you feel a possible cold or sickness coming on, start loading garlic into your foods heavily.
3. Green Tea, Chamomile Tea, and Other Teas
There is evidence that green tea and chamomile tea can help aid in strengthening the immune system. Even if the effect is small, you can’t go wrong because both are loaded with powerful antioxidants unique to each tea.
4. Load up on antioxidants
We already know how important antioxidants are to overall health as well as immune system support. For this reason, make sure to really load up on antioxidant-rich fruits, berries, teas, unsweetened cocoa (in smoothies, etc), and veggies to help prevent sickness. Eating perfectly to ensure optimum antioxidant intake isn’t really a reality for most so make sure to take a daily antioxidant blend.
5. Light exercise (yes – light exercise)
When you feel a sickness coming on, a super-high intensity workout is not a good idea, as hard training forces the body to do a lot of recovery – this at a time when your body needs to focus all of its efforts on trying to fight off the oncoming sickness. When sickness is coming on, it’s a good idea to get some light exercise instead. Get outside for some fresh air. Go for a hike or bike ride or go snowshoeing in the winter. These aren’t very strenuous, so they won’t cause your body to be forced to do a lot of recovery… but just getting out in the fresh air and getting the circulation going is good to help the body fight off sickness.
6. Avoid ALL processed foods and sweetened soft drinks
If you’re serious about your health and getting lean for life, this should be an everyday rule for you anyway. When you might have a sickness coming on, this is no time to bombard your body with processed foods, inflammatory omega-6 oils (soybean oil, corn oil, etc), fried foods, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, and chemical additives. All of these force your body to do extra work to deal with them and the internal inflammation that they cause in your body takes away from the healing process needed to battle the sickness. Instead, (especially when you might be getting sick) give your body only wholesome unprocessed foods that were meant to digest most efficiently…fruits, berries, veggies, eggs, nuts, seeds, etc.
These 6 tips will go a LONG way to helping to ward off that sickness that is trying to get a hold of you… So here’s to a healthy strong body!