Earlier this week my family and I got news that my second grader would be able to go back to school (almost) full time starting in April (should we choose, which we are). He is super excited for a taste of normalcy and we’re happy to have him go back. While he does go to school a couple hours a day at the moment, these will be longer days and larger class sizes. He may even have to switch teachers, so a whole new group of kids he’ll be interacting with. That got my brain going about what can we start doing now to make sure his immune system is solid and so is the rest of ours in the family. More and more things will be opening up , so now is the time. I did a live on Insta last night on this very topic and would now like to share with you all!
Brief note about your immune system
Before I start off I want to talk quickly about the immune system itself. Now, most people that get sick ASSUME their immune system is not working. That if they had a healthy immune system they would not be getting sick at all, well, that’s not exactly the case. Our immune system needs to be strong to FIGHT whatever foreign comes into our body. If it’s fighting, then it’s working! So those symptoms you are feeling is a sign that your immune system is responding. Having it in balance is what will keep it fighting and could also shorten the length of your illness.
Okay, enough about that – let’s get to the good stuff.
1. Choose the right fruits and veggies
Yes, we all know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet, but what are the ones that are most beneficial? Below is a list of that will help ensure your cells are functioning properly and protect them. This aids in a balanced immune system. So, add these to your shopping list:
- Citrus (careful though of canker sores!)
- Dark leafy greens (unless your doctor has otherwise advised)
- Garlic (anti-viral properties)
2. Do not avoid healthy fats
“Fat” is a scary word. Sometimes we see even the healthy ones as “the devil”, but they really do play an important role for your body. Add these to your list:
- Fish high in Omegas – think Salmon, tuna and makerol
- Raw nuts
- Raw nut butters
3. Stay hydrated
It has been shown that water helps deliver nutrients to your cells to keep them healthy. Water also has the ability to help remove toxins from your body – keeping your immune system in check. And something new I learned? Being propery hydrated may improve your quality of sleep! Which brings us to number 4.
4. Get those Zzzzzs
Sleep can do so much for us, yet so many of us lack in this area. Our lives are constantly on overdrive, but if we burn ourselves out – it’s not going to help us one little bit. Yeah, maybe we got the bedroom repainted and shower tile installed all by ourselves pulling all – nighters between work, school, kids…..but not that doesn’t necessarily lead to better health. (Although, that could be argued). Do your best to stay with a consistent sleep schedule and if quality is sleep is what getting you down – there are things you can do for that as well. I’ll save that for another day.
5. Say goodbye to refined sugar and processed foods
Now, I’m not saying you have to eliminate because sometimes that’s just not realistic. Hell, it’s not like I do. But I aware of how much my family and i were consuming and cut back. These items do not provide you with the necessary nutrients that you need to fight off all the yucky things floating around in the world. This can also help with the quality sleep I talked about above.
6. Manage your stress BEST YOU CAN
This I know is a given and you’ve heard it a million times over, but what I want you to take away from this is the part where I say “as best you can.” I don’t know about you, but whenever I read about stress they make it sound so darn easy to get a handle on it. Just do this and this and that and voila! No more stress. I’m pretty sure we all know what we need to do, but again – completely reducing stress is not realistic, nor is it easy. That’s why I say do the best you can. And if you find yourself stressed…..don’t stress about being stressed; it’s okay!
7. Get moving
Another given and I know you all know this is important. So be like Nike and “Just Do It.” It doesn’t have to be crazy like running 5 miles a day or grunting and lifting like a mad person. Just do SOMETHING.
8. Add supplements
I recently wrote about why adding supplements into your diet is a good idea. Knowing what your body needs and why and then having an easy , consistent way to get those things in, is crucial. Don’t guess, don’t assume. Want help getting started? Click here.
If you put all these things together you’re likely to have a more balanced immune system. Simple things we can do that we probably already know, but always a nice reminder. Just like this one…. be sure to wash your hands!
Be happy and healthy!😘 April