5 Tips To Boost Your Immune System For Fall
As a crisp fall breeze begins to sweep its way through the city, it’s often accompanied by stuffy noses and congested chests. While it’s not the cold weather directly that’s causing your illness, cooler temperatures do open up doors for certain viruses to flourish. In particular, the rhinovirus and coronavirus are both more prevalent in the fall and are one of the leading causes of the common cold. Fortunately, though, there are things you can do to ward off these viruses. Here are five tips to naturally boost your immune system for fall.
Cleanse Your Gut
Maintaining a healthy gut is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disease and illness. In fact, almost 80% of your immune system is affected by your gut so inadvertently a healthy gut= a strong immune system. To keep your digestive tract healthy cut down your sugar intake, eat more whole, unprocessed foods, drink lots of water and consume fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, etc.). It is also helpful to consume a probiotic supplement as well as, oregano oil. A probiotic will boost the good bacteria in your gut, while oregano oil kills some of the bad bacteria.
Detoxify Your Liver
A healthy liver supports a healthy immune system, and while you can reduce the amount of stress you put on it by reducing alcohol, sugar and processed food consumption, there are other things you can do too. Improve your liver function by increasing your consumption of organic fruits and vegetables, which help boost liver cleansing and detoxification. Try eating more leafy greens, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, onions, garlic, squash, and apples. All of these increase your liver’s ability to flush out toxins. You can also start taking milk thistle, a high-quality Vitamin B supplement, selenium and artichoke leaf to effectively detoxify the liver.
Cleanse Your Lymphatic System
A healthy lymphatic system plays a vital role in warding off infections and absorbing all of the excess materials in your body such as fluids, fats, and toxins. The properties in ginger help to cleanse the lymphatic system as well as the consumption of cranberries, cruciferous vegetables and herbal teas containing echinacea, red clover or goldenseal to name a few. Ginger, in particular, keeps your lymphatic system open, which helps to prevent the accumulation of toxins that lead to illness.
Carnosine is an antioxidant that consists of the amino acid beta-alanine, and histidine and has an array of benefits for the body. From having anti-aging capabilities, improving your gut health, protecting your brain from toxins to stabilizing blood sugar levels and boosting your immune system, it’s beneficial to include it in your diet. Carnosine is found in chicken broth, and it can also be consumed in supplement form.
Avoid Consuming Toxins
This one may seem like a no brainer but one of the most efficient ways to avoid getting sick during the cooler months (and year round in general) is to reduce your alcohol consumption and eliminate your exposure to tobacco. Although quitting smoking is a great first step, trying to avoid second-hand smoke when you can also is important. As for alcohol, studies have shown that consuming a glass or two of wine may actually help your immune system if you over do it, it has the opposite effect so drink in moderation.