Stress, lack of physical activity, a bad diet, unhealthy lifestyle – all of these factors can weaken our body’s defense against unfriendly bacteria, viruses, and diseases. A strong immune system needs to be maintained throughout the whole year, not only during winter time. By changing the way we eat, what we eat and how much we move, we can change the fate of our immune system and benefit from it greatly. So, in order to do that and be at our best possible, happy, healthy self, all you need to do is follow these eleven easy steps. Here is what you need to do.
A strong immune system needs to be maintained throughout the whole year
In order to achieve a good, strong immune system, here are some simple tips and tricks to incorporate into your daily life.
While sugar isn’t necessarily evil, sugar found in highly processed foods should be avoided. Try to lower your consumption of sugar and highly sugary foods and drinks to a minimum. These types of foods alongside processed meats, chips, and treats weaken the immune system.
Sugar found in highly processed foods should be avoided
Fermented foods are packed with good bacteria and probiotic properties. They are a must. These foods will help the gut function properly. There is plenty of choice when it comes to such foods, so you can easily find what you enjoy and incorporate it into your diet. Try out some kombucha, or kimchi. You can also go for some pickles, kefir, or olives. Experiment and find what you like best.
These foods will help the gut function properly
Include More Onions And Garlic
Garlic and onions are high in fiber and probiotics. Both of these are amazing to keeping good gut health. And since, around 70% of the immune system is found inside the guts, this makes them an excellent immune stimulant. Not only that but they are also great at keeping bacteria at bay and have great antifungal and antivirus properties. Make sure to add more into your diet.
Garlic and onions are high in fiber and probiotics
Ginger And Other Spices
You can’t have a strong immune system without ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, thyme, and cayenne peppers. Not only are they all amazing spices that bring out the best in dishes, they also have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Too much inflammation in the body can cause chronic diseases and problems in the long run. That’s why adding such spices can do wonders. They also have antifungal and antivirus properties.
Too much inflammation in the body can cause chronic diseases and problems in the long run
We all know that consuming plenty of vegetables is a must when it comes to maintaining a healthy life. Try including more green veggies into your daily diet. They promote good digestion and keep the immune system working at it’s fullest. Add them into salads, soups, smoothies and more.
Try including more green veggies into your daily diet
Ah, this delicious, golden liquid does wonders for the body. Bone broth has plenty of benefits. It’s high in collagen to keep your skin looking young, it’s great for bone health, and it’s high in amino acids which are great for strengthening the immune system.
Bone broth can do wonders for the body
Not only is coconut oil delicious, it’s also believed to help maintain a strong immune system. However, keep in mind that, like most things in life, this is only true if you consume it in moderation. So, skip out the butter for some coconut oil. Add it into desserts or use it as a cooking oil. There are plenty of uses for it.
Coconut oil is super versatile
Make sure to not forget to include zinc in your daily life. Not only does it strengthen the immune system, it’s also very significant to maintaining healthy, glowing skin, promoting good bone health, aiding in reproductive and heart health. Eat more nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, mushrooms, broccoli and more.
Zinc can be found in many foods
Vitamin C and D
Vitamin D and C are super important for our immune system, bones, collagen synthesis and to keep our mood swings at bay. While you can take multivitamins or different supplements in order to get your daily dose, you can also get it from foods. This includes fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, fish, dairy and just by going out and enjoying the sun for a bit. However, do not stay in the sun for too long, as it can cause cell damage and rid you of your youthful skin.
Different foods have different vitamins
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Having plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is a must. Not only are they great for lowering “bad” cholesterol levels, they also promote heart, brain, nail, hair, uterus health and a strong immune system. You can find them in supplement form or search out for foods, such as avocado and salmon, that are high in them.
Having plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is a must
Both green and blue spirulina have many benefits. This alga can be found in powder, or capsule form and are an amazing superfood that helps out the immune system. You can easily add them into smoothies, desserts, drinks and more.
Spirulina is a superfood
These were 11 easy steps to follow in order to have a strong immune system and be healthy all year round. In order to live a good and long life, we need to maintain a certain level of healthy habits. So, try to incorporate as many of these as you can into your daily life.
These were 11 easy steps to follow in order to have a strong immune system