Tips for Boosting your Immune System
A strong immune system can help you stay well even if you are exposed to germs. Here are some tips from Liz Vitale, Rinehart Clinic’s Acupuncturist, and Dr. Andersen, our Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, on things you can do to boost your immune system.
EAT WELL - Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet with little or no sugar and avoid processed foods. Sugar can actually help viruses grow, so avoiding it is helpful. Some foods have antiviral properties (among them: ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar).
GET GOOD SLEEP - Try to allow time for as much sleep as your body needs. Sleep helps your body heal and rejuvenate.
BE ACTIVE - Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to keep your body strong and resilient. Try to get in at least 15-30 minutes of physical activity several times a week.
REDUCE STRESS - We know, easier said than done sometimes, but here are some ideas that may help: meditation, making time for an activity you enjoy, exercise, a walk with a friend.
And of course, keep washing your hands regularly and take precautions to avoid people you know are sick.