Protect & Boost Your Immune System With These 5 Lifestyle Practices & 10 Nutrients

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citrus fruits for immune system boostKnowing how to keep your body healthy and protected against unwanted viruses is now more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has made building a healthy immune system a priority in our lives. The pandemic is still ongoing, with no end in the foreseeable future, and the country is already moving into the fall cold and flu season.

You may be thinking more about ways to protect yourself and loved ones from these viruses. This guide to some healthy lifestyle practices, supplements and foods that can boost your health will help give your immune system the best possible chance.

5 Lifestyle Practices to Help Protect Your Immune System

There are many things that you can do to reduce your chances of contracting viral infections that make the rounds during the cold and flu season and beyond. Here are a few helpful recommendations.

1. Thorough hand washing

One of the most important things to do is to thoroughly wash your hands after touching public surfaces, and doing so throughout the day. Killing bad germs requires more than a rinse, though. Washing your hands with soap should last a minimum of 20-30 seconds, and include between your fingers, beneath fingernails, and a few inches up each forearm for good measure.

2. Wear a face covering

Unfortunately, sick people do not always stay home or show signs of having unwanted illnesses. The use of face masks and coverings has increased during the pandemic. A face mask can help to reduce the transmission of viruses. Make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth at all times and be sure to follow proper guidelines for cleaning and caring for your mask.

3. Keep your distance

Social distancing has become a new norm, as this practice helps to reduce the spread of germs. Try to stay at least 6 feet apart from others who do not live in your household.

4. Reduce unnecessary outings

Fewer outings, particularly during this COVID period, helps to reduce exposure to germs and viruses. When possible, limit public transportation, as buses and trains may increase your contact with germs that linger on seats, handles and other surfaces.

5. Use pickup or delivery options

Whether you need groceries or a ready-made dinner, choosing to pick up your order or have it delivered significantly reduces your interaction with the public. Many restaurants and retailers allow you to place your order electronically, then have your items delivered to your car or home at the designated time.

If you’re looking for even more ways to improve your immune system’s functioning, consider adding immune-boosting foods and supplements, which can provide many health boosting benefits during cold and flu season.

10 Foods & Supplements to Boost Your Immunity

A healthy diet is one of the most important ways to support your immune system. Since many of us do not get enough of these immune boosting foods in our diet, taking them in supplement form is a great option.

1. Garlic

Garlic is a super food that is known worldwide. It has been used as a medicinal base for generations. The active compound found in garlic, allicin, is responsible for many of its immune boosting properties. Taking an allicin supplement ensures you get a good amount in your daily diet.

2. Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with antioxidants that promote detoxification and help to remove unwanted bacteria, viruses and other germs from your body. For a concentrated broccoli extract, try the all-natural Crucera SGS supplement.

3. Vitamin C-rich foods

We all know that vitamin C is a driving force for the immune system and its overall health, so choosing food options that are rich in vitamin C – like citrus fruits and many vegetables – is important. You can also boost your vitamin C intake with Pureway C 1000 MG to keep your levels where they need to be.

4. Ginger

Ginger boasts bioactive properties and has long been used as a natural medicine to fight colds and flu. It is a warming spice found in many dishes because of its bold flavor. The fresh root is easy to find in most grocery stores. In addition, the Ginger Zinger Energy supplement can give your immune system a boost, and provide some stress support, as well.

5. Greens

Kale, spinach and cabbage are just a few of the greens that fuel our bodies and give it a power source of vitamins and nutrients. Important vitamins like A, K, E, and many of the Bs are found in these greens. Ultragreens combines all of these nutrients into one powder for your convenience.

6. Turmeric

Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cultures find turmeric vital in their natural medicines and use it for a health boost. Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound that helps to boost the immune system. Turmeric powder can easily be added to cooking, smoothies and more. Turmeric extract is a great option for those who do not cook with it often.

7. Green Tea

green tea for immune system boostOne of the greatest antioxidants for cardiovascular health is contained in green tea. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of its bioactive compounds, helps to protect your blood cells and support immune health. If you’re looking for a concentrated form of EGCG, Green Tea Extract is a great supplement that provides this bioactive compound.

8. Fermented (probiotic-rich) foods

Having healthy bacteria in your body is great for your digestion and overall health. Your gut requires balance to be effective. With 35 Billion Probiotic, you can help support the good bacteria in your body.

9. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are filled with immune supportive polysaccharides, as well folic acid and other nutrients your body needs. Immune System Support features shiitake and maitake mushrooms and other important nutrients that work together to support your health.

10. Oregano

An herb found in many Italian dishes, oregano is both nutritious and tasty. It has antibacterial properties that aid your immune system in fighting pathogens. Oregano oil is a concentrated extract that can help boost your immune system, ward off colds and flu, and reduce nasal congestion.

How do I get all of these nutrients daily?

Trying to get enough of these nutrients from your diet is not always easy. Taking nutritional supplements can help to ensure you have the nutrients you need to keep your immune system healthy.

Staying healthy during the current pandemic and approaching cold and flu season is important. Safe practices as well as an immune supportive diet and supplement routine will give you and your family a great boost to help fight off harmful germs.

If you would like more information about our natural supplements or to speak to a health and wellness expert, contact Village Green Apothecary today.

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