Boost Your Immune System

Avoid refined sugar and alcohol
each tbsp white sugar arrests movement of your white blood cells for up to 6 hours!Get a good night’s sleep
7-8 hours minimum, before 12 am.  Lack of sleep increases stress hormones which suppress immunity.

Eat at least 6 servings of deeply coloured fresh fruits and vegetables daily
for their immune boosting vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.

Drink more water
increased amounts of water are required for proper immune function

Consume foods high in Vitamin C regularly

Fruit

Milligrams of Vitamin C

Guava, 1 medium 165
Papaya, 1 cup, cubed 87
Strawberries, 1 cup 84
Kiwi, 1 medium 74
Cantaloupe, 1 cup 68
Orange, 1 medium 75
Grapefruit, half 42

Keep stress in check
stress reduction techniques can include working on hobbies, Tai Qi, spending time outdoors, journaling, or receiving acupuncture or massage.

Preventative hygiene
avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth to avoid direct spread of germs.

Exercise regularly and in moderation
to increase oxygen levels and help eliminate toxins. Enjoy walks, raking, or stretching on days when you feel sluggish.

Ensure proper gut function
prevent infections with daily probiotics (good bacteria) during fall and winter.  Improve digestion by chewing each bite 20 times.

Add a multivitamin to your daily regimen
your body has increased needs in fall and winter that the seasonal diet falls short on. Especially important when sick, as bugs will steal your nutrients to survive!Before you become ill, contact a Naturopathic Doctor to learn about natural medicinal immune support with no side effects that actually results in a healthier body!