4 Immunity Secrets to Strengthen Your Immune System Naturally
It's crucial, now more than ever, to prioritize your health & well-being. Whether you’re working from home, home-schooling your little ones or working on the healthcare frontlines - strengthening your immune system is a must right now to keep you healthy during the pandemic. Your everyday routine - from the foods you eat to your daily practices - all have an effect to greatly boost your immunity, 100% naturally!
Your immune system’s job to defend your body against any harmful bacteria or illness, so it’s pretty important to keep it in its best shape! This complex system is made up of cells in your skin, blood, bone marrow, tissues, and organs that protect your body against everything from harmful viruses to limiting damage from things like a sunburn!
4 Natural Immunity Boosters to Add to Your Routine
Naturally, exercise is beneficial for all areas of your health. Specifically, regular exercise lowers your risk of developing viral and bacterial infections, according to Frontiers in Immunology. Moving your body also acts as an immunity booster by increased release of endorphins - making it a great way to manage stress. Stress negatively impacts our immune system immensely, so moving will have you less stressed and an improved immune response.
For even more immunity, try taking your exercise outside! Nature has been shown to support mood, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and support immune system health. A little (safe) sunshine exposure also boosts vitamin D in the body, which plays a key role in immune health, too. Before heading outdoors for a yoga session in your backyard or neighborhood run, put on a little coconut oil to protect from sun & free radicals.
Coconut oil is the mother of all multitaskers - from skincare, cooking and yes, immune support! Coconut oil is packed with lauric acid and caprylic acid, a power duo that is both antiviral and antibacterial. It also boosts weakened immune systems by improving white blood cell counts! Conscious Coconut Oil is small batch and cold pressed organic coconut oil of the highest quality to ensure these powerful properties are retained for the most benefits! Wondering how to add coconut oil to your daily routine?
1. Add 1 tbsp to your morning drink to boost immunity & energy!
2. Boost your power smoothie for powerful antioxidants
3. Use it in your recipes to replace butter or add a subtle flavor
4. Moisturize daily with it (your skin absorbs directly into your body!)
Don’t’ forget coconut oil for you little ones immune system too! Coconut oil is the next best fat source to mother’s milk, which builds immunity in infants early on.
The nutrients you get from food are essential to keeping your immune system functioning properly - so you want to choose plant-based foods & lean protein to maintain your immunity throughout the day. The amino acids in protein help build and maintain immune cells, and skimping on this macronutrient may lower your body’s ability to fight infections.
Of course, vitamin C is crucial for immune health too, as you always hear. Vitamin C deficiency may increase the likelihood of infection, according to a study in Nutrients. Our bodies do not produce this essential vitamin on their own, so we need to get it through foods or supplements. Vegetables like red pepper and broccoli and spinach beat the infamous citrus fruits by a landslide with their high levels of vitamin C!
Another important factor of your diet for immune support is antioxidants. Colorful fruits and vegetables including berries, carrots and spinach have antioxidants that protect you against oxidative stress, which translates to a stronger immune system. Adding Conscious Coconut Oil to your favorite dishes will also boost antioxidants - having 4x higher levels of antioxidants than any other coconut oil! These superheroes naturally boost your body defenses.
Did you know your body heals and regenerates while you sleep? This makes getting enough sleep crucial for a healthy immune response. During sleep, your body produces and distributes key immune cells like cytokines (a type of protein that fights inflammation), T cells (a type of white blood cell that regulates immune response), and interleukin 12 (a pro-inflammatory cytokine), according to a study published in Pflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is unable to regenerate and function at its highest, making it less able to defend your body against harmful invaders and making you more likely to get sick. So how much is enough sleep? Adults should be getting at least seven hours of sleep per night to optimize health. Start fixing your sleep schedule by turning off your devices and grabbing a good read to unwind and get ready to get to sleep!
With simple lifestyle changes - not only are you boosting your immune system but you're also helping improve your overall wellness to live your happiest, healthiest life!
Check out our immunity essentials to stock up and stay safe this season:
For Daily Use: Not Your Ordinary Coconut Oil Jar
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