Reduce Stress And Get Enough RestReducing stress and getting lots of rest is key to immune health. These days, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed once in a while. Between juggling work, family, and other commitments, you can become too stressed out and busy. Long-term stress has been shown to promote inflammation as well as imbalances in immune cell function. The best thing you can do to prevent stress from hurting your immune system is manage your stress.
Stress ReliefIf you need extra help in combating stress, consider taking fermented supplements such as Symbio® Fermented Ashwagandha which helps to reduce stress, manage anxiety, and improve focus. Alternatively, try Living Alchemy’s Stress Less, an award-winning supplement that includes multiple fermented activated adaptogens targeted to support the adrenal system to help manage stress levels and reduce restlessness and anxiety.
Sleep Is EssentialSleep and immunity are closely tied. It seems that getting adequate rest may strengthen your natural immunity, while lack of sleep can negatively affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
Stay HydratedMost people understand that regularly drinking enough water is important for overall health, but the benefits of staying optimally hydrated specifically for keeping your immune system functioning at an optimal level are perhaps less well known. The average adult’s body is made up of 60% water, thus water is vital for the functioning of all of your organs. Drinking water and staying hydrated not only allows your body to receive electrolytes and helps your bodily functions to run at optimal levels, but also helps your body naturally eliminate toxins and other bacteria that may cause illness — especially during cold and flu season. One of the biggest barriers to drinking enough water is that people often complain about how it tastes. Lemon water is a great way to add some flavour and natural vitamin C into your diet, which in turn helps boost the immune system and fight off pathogens.
Strengthen Your Gut With Fermented Supplements And Whole Foods
What you choose to eat and drink is one of the most important lifestyle decisions that influence your immune health. In fact, according to research conducted in 2021, 70 percent of your immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract, located in the lining of your gut. The beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that live there defend your gut from infection and support the immune system, while low amounts can leave you at risk to viruses, chronic inflammation and even autoimmune disorders. A strong immune system relies heavily on having a healthy, well-functioning gut.
You can also try kombucha. This popular fermented drink contains high levels of probiotic bacteria and offers health benefits as an added bonus. Here’s one recipe made from kombucha and Living Alchemy’s TURMERIC Alive to help you stay hydrated and provide you with added antioxidants, phytonutrients, probiotics, prebiotics and enzymes.