December 8th, 2015

5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System Groovy Green Livin

Welcome to the season where our immune system takes a hit and colds and other illnesses run rampant. As the holiday season kicks off many of us are not getting enough sleep and we’re already stressing about everything that we need to accomplish over the next few weeks.

There are a few simple ways to naturally improve your immune system and keep you healthy throughout the holiday season and beyond. 

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is so important for maintaining a strong immune system. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover from an illness.

Manage Stress

When stress lasts for a long period of time it becomes chronic stress or bad stress. Chronic stress can lead to a weakened immune system and make you more susceptible to colds and other illness. Over the years I’ve turned towards my yoga practice to help with stress management. There are so many different types of yoga so it’s important to find a practice that meets your needs. If yoga isn’t your thing there are plenty of other options to help alleviate chronic stress. Meditation, deep breathing, exercise and massage are great stress busters.

Eat Your Veggies

Add as much kale, broccoli, lettuce and cabbage as you can into your diet. Eating cuciferous vegetables on a regular basis will help support liver function and boost your immunity.

Overall Healthy Diet

A healthy diet can pave the way for optimal health.

  • Caffeine in moderation is OK, but there is such a thing as too much caffeine and it messes with your sleep.
  • Avoid processed sugar and processed foods-especially before bedtime.
  • Consume foods that are rich in magnesium: leafy green vegetables, pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds, salmon and halibut contain high levels of magnesium.
  • Drink chamomile tea which contains tryptophan (also found in turkey), an amino acid known for its tranquilizing effects. When taken as a tea infusion, these properties act as a relaxant in our bodies and help to promote sleep.

Keep Moving

During the winter months it’s important to keep active. Exercise could boost your immune system and possibly even help it guard against cancer. Try to schedule regular activity throughout the day and make exercise a priority.

How do you stay healthy throughout the year?

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19 Responses to “5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System”

  1. For me, exercise is the number one way to stay healthy. Chamomile is one my favorite herbs. I grow it and sell it in my shop.
    anna@greentalk recently posted..5 Fall Garden Maintenance Tips to Make Spring ProductiveMy Profile

  2. I find regular exercise and sleep are two of the most important factors is staying well! Food and water are of course important, but working out helps manage my stress, which seems to help with everything else: sleep, appetite for healthy foods etc! Great info Lori!

  3. Simple enough and yet hard to do sometimes. Thx for the reminder!

  4. I’m with you on the exercise and sleep! I also drink a small glass of homemade kombucha most days to boost my immune system.
    Micaela @MindfulMomma recently posted..Clean Beauty Gifts for GalsMy Profile

  5. I never realized that cabbage is such an immunity booster; that’s great to know. Maybe I’ll give some to my kid in order to avoid getting sick from germs from school!
    Marissa Rosen recently posted..Enter Masdar’s 2016 ‘Engage’ Blogging Contest! The Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy by 2030My Profile

  6. I am really trying to go to bed earlier because I am tired of getting sick! My husband believes in eating lots and lots of citrus and that seems to work for him.
    Betsy (Eco-novice) recently posted..9 Ways to Limit Your Family’s Exposure to Toxic Chemicals: Top Tips for Parents and Parents-to-beMy Profile

  7. Great tips. I agree on the exercise. Seems like it is so important to staying well!
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  8. Yes, exercise is so important. Especially when we’re feeling stressed!

  9. I try to go to bed early every night and it never happens Betsy! I’m a big believer in vitamin C too.

  10. I don’t think my kids would eat cabbage Marissa. Will you kids eat it? My guys are all about broccoli, so I’ll stick with it!

  11. Good idea with the kombucha Micaela. Do you make your own?

  12. So true Karen!

  13. I agree Lindsay. My workout seems to help the most with stress management, especially this time of year!

  14. Of course you do Anna! You’re an amazing gardener. I’ve learned so much from you.

  15. I feel like whenever I’m at crossroads in life or feel lost….I always get sick. I try to meditate and take care of myself its just so difficult to get motivated! Thanks for sharing these tips!
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  16. Hi Kylie, That’s so true for me as well. Whenever my immune system is compromised everything breaks down! Meditation helps me through tough times. I don’t meditate daily, only when I feel a need. Hope you stay healthy this winter!

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