1. Get enough sleep

Sleep and immunity are closely related. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to illness. Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

Having good sleep hygiene is important to ensuring a good quality sleep.

Still having issues falling asleep? Consider these supplements to help you fall asleep.

Healthy foods help provide your body with the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals it needs to stay strong.  Eating high quality whole foods like whole grains, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables helps nourish your body. These foods are high in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin C which may help in preventing the common cold. Healthy fats like olive oil and the omega-3 found in salmon also help your body by supporting heart health and reducing inflammation that can suppress your immune system.

Interested in boosting your immune system further? Try these supplements:

 Moderate exercise can give your immune system the boost it needs to stay healthy. Being active is also associated with many physical and mental health benefits.

Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly or about 30 minutes daily five days a week. Moderate exercise includes brisk walking/jogging, bicycling, and swimming.

Hydration may not protect you from germs and viruses directly like washing your hands or using hand sanitizer but it is very important in overall health. Dehydration can affect your mood, digestion as well as heart and kidney function. When you are dehydrated these systems do not work well and therefore lower your bodies ability to fight infection. It is recommended that you drink 64oz or ½ a gallon of water daily.

Long-term stress is harmful to the immune system where short-term stress can be productive as it prepares your body to deal with challenges. However, finding the balance can sometimes be difficult. A few signs that you maybe more stressed than you realize are, hitting a wall in the afternoon, afternoon sugar cravings, feeling tired immediately upon waking, weight gain without a change in eating or exercise habits, a short temper, or dull emotions. (For more information on stress, check out our Adrenal blog) Finding ways to manage your stress is the key to good immune health. Ways to manage stress include meditation, exercise, yoga, adequate sleep, and mindfulness. If your stress is unmanageable, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, counselor, or therapist.

Still struggling with stress? Consider this supplement:

Smoking, including vaping harms the overall immune system and can make it more difficult for your body to fight off infections.

There is no FDA approved evidence to support the use of any supplements to treat or prevent COVID-19. However, studies do indicate that some supplements may help boost your bodies general immunity. Have more questions about supplements? Contact us and we will be happy to review your medications and make supplement recommendations.


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