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6 Keys to a Strong Immune System

by Cecilia Ho on in Health Issues

6 Keys to a Strong Immune System

A strong, immune system is the cornerstone to good health and to fighting off disease and infections and allowing you to recover more quickly if you do get sick. A good defense is always a good offense! Keep your immune system functioning at its peak, by following these simple immune boosting tips!

Cut down on sugar and increase your fruits and greens.

Sugar has been shown to suppress the immune cells while fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and vitamins which can help keep your immune system strong.

Get moving and shaking!

Exercise can improve not only our immune system but also your lymphatic system which plays in important role in maintaining your immunity. Studies have shown regular exercise can help boost your immune system by increasing the amount of white blood cells in the body.

Get hydrated.

Drinking plenty of water helps to flush out toxins which can burden and impede your immune function.

Expose yourself.

Get some sun exposure or take VItamin D. Vitamin D plays a number of important roles in promoting normal immune function. Research shows that it can reduce the incidence of viral respiratory infection. You don’t need to burn your skin in order to get the vitamin D you need. Experts say that minimal sun exposure (without sunscreen) of 10 to 15 minutes a day is all you need to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D. However, just remember that the amount of vitamin D you get from sunlight is dependent on various factors such as: time of day, season, where you live, skin tone, amount of skin exposed. In the winter, it can be almost impossible to produce vitamin D from the sun if you live in an area where the sun never gets high enough for its ultraviolet B rays to penetrate the atmosphere.

Maintain a healthy gut flora.

How is that related to immunity? Did you know that approximately 70-80% of our immunity resides within our gut? Our digestive tract contains a plethora of beneficial bacteria to help with digestion and to protect us from invaders. If the bacteria population becomes depleted through the use of antibiotics, poor diet, and antacids there will not be enough friendly bacteria on the job to keep you healthy. Probiotics can be very helpful in boosting the immune system. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, yogurt, and kimchi are all naturally rich in probiotics. Take care of your friendly bacteria, and they will take care of you.

Keep your body pH alkaline.

pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a fluid. Majority of our body’s systems depend on an alkaline pH balance for proper function especially our immune system. Stress, a poor diet, lack of minerals such as selenium, magnesium, zinc creates an over-acidic state and weakens our immunity. Raising pH (alkaline) can increases our immune function. Alkalize your body by finding ways to manage your stress eg. via meditation or yoga, adopt a a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will provide a wealth of minerals and keep you alkaline!
Getting sick and run down affects every area of your life, so play a good offense and rev up your immune system. It will repay you with more healthy days.

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  • pam

    It’s been such a brutal winter, here. I’ve always gone for a walk in the evenings and got into a bad habit of not going when it’s been so cold and snowy. I really must get back into the habit now that spring has arrived. Great tips in this post!

    • OrangeNaturals

      We’re counting the days to warm weather too! Certainly makes it a bit easier!