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March 19, 2020
3 Ways to help keep your immune system healthy and strong
It’s on everyone’s mind right now and with good reason.
It’s one of the most prolific infections we’ve seen in a long, long time.
So, what do you do about it?
Besides the obvious handwashing and strongly suggested social distancing, keeping your immune system strong is going to be a key factor in you protecting yourself.
Below I have 3 keys to keeping your immune system strong, including one that’s super easy and can be done in less than 5 minutes
Easy to say, harder to do for many of us.
This is clear research showing that increased stress can lower your immune function, leaving more open to sickness. So, setting up a relaxation routine is a good idea regardless of the state of the world.
For you, this could be: meditation, spending time with loved ones or engaging in a hobby. What activity helps you relax and calm down work it into your regular daily schedule or practice it any time you’re feeling stressed.
Have you ever gotten sick after staying up too late?
If so then you’re in good company, most people have experienced illness due to poor sleep.
While you’re sleeping, your body’s parasympathetic nervous system is dominant. This is the portion of the nervous system responsible for rest, recovery, and resetting your body.
So, this goes hand in hand with the first tip about relaxing. The better you can relax the better you can sleep. The better you can sleep the stronger you can keep your immune system.
This may be the easiest yet hardest tip to master.
If you’re anything like me, you want to eat and drink the highest quality food and beverages available.
The trouble is we can’t always get our hands on the best foods. So, we need to rely on supplements to fill in the gaps in our eating plans.
And, when it comes to keeping our immune systems strong vitamin C is one of my favorites.
There are volumes of published articles about the immune-boosting power of vitamin C and how it may be the king of vitamins when it comes to keeping the immune system strong.
And, with COVID-19 looming over all of us vitamin C can be an enormous help to us.
But, not all vitamin C is created equal.
Most of the time when you look at the nutritional panel of supplements you’ll find the vitamin C is in the form of ascorbic acid.
While ascorbic acid is a component of vitamin C it’s often cultivated in laboratories.
One reason you’ll see very high doses of this ascorbic acid is because the scientists know, that without the natural compounds found in whole foods and whole food supplements, they have to super dose the products in an attempt to give the body the nutrients it craves.
Natural Vitamin C found in whole food also contains dietary fiber, micronutrients, phytochemicals, and bioflavonoids. These all work together to provide you, me, and our loved ones the immune-boosting kick we all need to keep our immunes systems strong.
Here are some of my favorite whole food sources of Vitamin C:
When it comes to whole food supplements I also have a favorite. It’s Truly Natural™ vitamin C from HealthForce SuperFoods™. It’s made from organic Acerola cherries, which is one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C on the planet.
Just one more thing,
You want to combine your whole food supplements, like Truly Natural’s™ vitamin C, with well-balanced eating habits along with sleep and relaxation.
When you incorporate all 3 of these actions you have a great recipe for a healthy strong immune system, that could help put some social distance between you, your family and Covid-19.
Mariela Villaverde, L.Ac.,MAOM,ACN
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of The Functional Co.
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