Having optimal immune health is something we all could benefit from right now. However, beyond now, it’s important to keep our bodies strong and healthy year-round, no matter what season it may be.
Daily, we are exposed to microbes, pathogens and viruses that we never know we encountered, thanks to our immune systems. They are actively fighting for us 24/7. If, on the other hand, we are easily prone to sickness and feel lousy often, our immune systems may be trying to tell us something important. Most likely our bodies are asking us for a little more TLC.
Making a few simple changes will provide a plethora of benefits for our immune systems now and for the long-term. Let’s dive into a few ways that we can help our wonderful immune systems function at the top of their game!
Each and every one of us experiences stress to some degree and that’s NORMAL. It’s most important to identify how we cope with it. Some stress may stem from our careers, family life or a chronic illness or injury. Good news- there are many, easy ways to naturally manage stress! Making any change shouldn’t add to your stress, so we’re here to keep it simple.
- Exercising- By moving our bodies, there is a release of “happy” hormones (a.k.a. endorphins) which trigger positive feelings. Exercise can be as simple as a walk in the neighborhood, yoga session or a bike ride. There’s no need to hit the gym hard. Although, if you’re a gym guru, by all means keep it up- just be careful not to overdo it. Wearing our bodies out from too much exercise can actually be harmful to our immune systems, not allowing it enough energy to make necessary repairs within the muscles, tissues and cells.
- Healthy eating (more on this below)
- Limiting caffeine consumption- Sure, have your morning cup of joe, no problem there! However, continuing throughout the day can be harmful to your system in the long term. Instead of making your morning coffee your typical same- old, same- old, take a minute to stop and enjoy it instead of just rushing it down. If you’re used to multiple cups of coffee, ease off by making a swap to green tea which will give you energy, while providing antioxidants. Add a little honey or a squeeze of lemon if you’d like! Maybe you’re thinking Ew, yuck I’ve tried tea and it’s definitely not for me. There is a vast amount of options out there for teas from green to black to oolong to chai. Experiment and find one you’d like. Ever tried a London Fog? If you like black, earl grey tea, you are going to want to try this! Steep the tea, add some frothed milk of your choice, a little maple syrup or honey and boom- a pure delight and caffeine boost!
- Regulating screen use of both phone and computer. Decreasing screen time will help put less strain on our eyes, which can induce headaches and cause trouble sleeping, detracting from your body’s ability to heal and make necessary repairs.
- Taking vitamins daily- do you take a daily multi-vitamin? If no, consider doing so, which will provide the essential, recommended minerals needed.
- Writing things down. Making to-do lists are lifesavers- seriously. How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night with something on your mind? Keep a pad of paper next to your bed and immediately write down the thought. Leave it there and come back to it in the morning. In terms of keeping daily life organized, first, get a planner. Make a monthly to do list. Then, to plan the week, make to- do lists on Friday afternoons. By making the list on Friday, we don’t have to think about things over the weekend and if there’s someone you need to connect with before Monday, that gives you time to do so. We’re telling you: to-do lists are the best and wow! crossing off your accomplishments really does make you feel good!
Eat Well, Eat Plants
The more color you consume, the better! Eat the rainbow, as they say. No, sorry not the factory made cereal with fun rainbow, colorful marshmallows. I’m talking the natural color found in the produce section. By eating lots of fruits and veggies, you’re providing your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive. Include oranges, broccoli, strawberries, carrots, peppers, watermelon, leafy greens, etc. Buy one new fruit or veggie you wouldn’t normally buy and see what fun recipe you can come up with. Get the whole family involved and teach the kiddos how to cook!
A lack of sleep (less than 6 hours) is bad news for your little immunity warriors. A lack of sleep will make us more susceptible to sickness and recovery time from a virus will be significantly affected. Did you know it’s recommended that the average adult get 7-9 hours of sleep, young children should receive 9-12 hours of sleep and teenagers 8-10 hours? Keeping a routine of waking up at the same time each day and setting a consistent bedtime will ensure adequate sleep. After all, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise!
Laugh Often, Laugh Daily
It’s important to find humor and enjoyment within our day. Being around others is necessary for humans, we need the connection. Maybe you aren’t able to be around friends or family right now, no worries! Hop on a zoom call, pull out some old pictures and call a friend, reminisce on the fond memories and ones yet to come! Allow yourself to relax and don’t take yourself too seriously. They say laughter is the best medicine, and we couldn’t agree more!
Our systems are at work each and every second, fighting against disease and repairing our cells, while building immunity. By following a lifestyle that includes exercise, eating well, eliminating stress and increasing relaxation, we are helping our bodies build up our systems. Any little improvement helps, so be gentle and patient with yourself in making changes simple. It will be worth it, we can promise you of that!
Using The Proper Supplements to Support Your Immune System.
When asked, if stranded on an island what product would you want to have with you. We always say, Sovereign Silver! Hands down, this product is the best for immune enhancement, immune building and helps ward off viruses! This is a must have product to travel with, have in your home and car. We do not ever travel without it!
Silver has been used for more than 2,000 years to help safeguard human health. It is a natural element that can be found in whole grains, edible and medicinal mushrooms, mammalian milk, spring water, sea water and tap water.
From the time of Hippocrates, silver’s health protective properties were well respected. Silver was used to help protect the purity and safety of drinking water throughout ancient Mediterranean civilizations.
Known to be an effective antimicrobial, silver was used extensively to heal wounds and treat infections from ancient times through the First World War. Silver nitrate is still used in the eyes of newborn infants to prevent infection, and NASA relies on silver ions to help purify water on the International Space Station. (read more about the history of silver here)
As people search out natural ways to support their health and well-being, silver is gaining more widespread recognition for immune support.*