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5 Ways to Prioritize Your Immune System this Season

There are many things to love about Fall- a colorful new palette of leaves, longer nights, and of course, college football playoffs. But the Fall also brings stronger winds, scores of allergens, and the annual case of everybody’s nightmare, the flu.

Even if you feel like you’re in good health right now, these tips will keep your immune system functioning at its optimum level:

 

  1. Get Vitamin C from natural sources

Yes, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit are good sources of Vitamin C, but did you know you can get more bang for your buck by consuming leafy greens like spinach kale and brussels sprouts?

  1. Don’t skimp out on sleep

In order to produce flu-fighting antibodies, you need to give your body quality rest. That means going to bed earlier so you can switch on your REM cycle to rebuild tissues, turning off the lights and finding a comfortable temperature. According to Prevention Magazine, the average adult needs between 7 to 9 hours of sleep.

  1. Walk for at least 30 minutes every day

The sad truth about a busy workweek is that many people are too tired to find time to exercise after a long day at work. But movement is essential for a healthy immune system because it helps to shift your white blood cells back into circulation.

  1. Consume oregano oil regularly

Oregano is one of nature’s miracle herbs and its oil is no different. Oregano oil acts like weed-whacker for your gut, helping to get rid of the bad bacteria that could be wreaking havoc in your digestive system. It’s best to take a dose of 200mg three times a day.

  1. Crunch it up

In order to support your liver who’s job is to detoxify and process everything you consume, it’s important to eat cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous veggies like kale, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower aid your liver by helping it to flush out toxins.

 

Have any immune boosting tips to add? Comment below!

 

(Photo Cred: Psych Central)