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Boost Your Immune System Against Viruses and Colds

We have specific protocols we follow when we’re sick to get better faster — like eating particular foods, taking natural remedies, and getting plenty of rest. But do you ever think about how you can boost your immune system to avoid getting sick in the first place? The human body’s immune system is powerful and wants to protect itself from colds and viruses. Here are a few simple ways you can boost your immune system:

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Increase Your Vitamin C Intake

Eating a balanced diet is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system, but getting enough vitamin C is especially important because it’s the most effective immune-boosting vitamin. Our bodies don’t know how to store vitamin C for long periods, so regularly eating foods rich in vitamin C will strengthen your immune system. Foods that contain vitamin C include oranges, broccoli, bell peppers, spinach, kale, and strawberries.

(Side note: studies show that vitamin B6 also increases the body’s immune system.)

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Manage Your Stress

Stress negatively impacts the body in various ways — including weakening your immune system. Several studies show that chronic stress triggers an immunosuppressive effect that suppresses the body’s ability to initiate a quick, efficient immune reaction.

If you feel that you’re chronically stressed, it’s recommended that you try working to alleviate those symptoms. You can lower your stress levels by spending time outside, getting active, meditating, or spending time with loved ones.

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It’s All About Balance

You’ve probably heard it before, but we’ll repeat it — it’s all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle! Your immune system will build strength and resilience if you get adequate sleep consistently (between 7-9 hours per night), eat vitamin-rich foods, and exercise regularly.

While this article is about your immune system, it’s important to emphasize that the body is a complex system. Everything is connected! Your gut health is directly linked to your immune system. If one part of your body isn’t functionally optimally, other body parts will need to work overtime to keep you healthy. When you support your body by maintaining a balanced lifestyle filled with nutritious foods, exercise, and quality sleep — your body will have the ability to work harder to support and protect you against viruses and colds.