3 Tips to Boost Your Immune System Naturally & Improve your Health

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Do you get sick often and are at your wit’s end about how to stop this from happening time and again? Or maybe you’re just keen to bolster your immunity and leaving nothing up to chance, especially in light of the rampaging pandemics around us like the coronavirus, and most recently monkeypox. If so, then it’s time to give your body’s defense system a hand with these 3 powerful tips that are sure to set you on your way to a more powerful Immunity supplement. Take a look

Make a healthy meal plan your top priority  

Think of food like your immune system’s ammunition. Poor nutrition is the equivalent of bringing a knife to a gunfight while fueling your body with the right nutrients is akin to arming your immunity with the latest in self-defense weapons.

Some fruits our compounding pharmacy recommends include: 

  • Red bell peppers 
  • Broccoli 
  • Citrus 
  • Garlic

Broccoli may not have been a household favorite in many homes growing up, but there’s a reason parents were so adamant about its inclusion during dinners. That’s because broccoli is packed with many important minerals and vitamins, namely E, C, and A. To avoid losing too many nutrients during cooking, experts recommend steaming. 

Red bell peppers, on the other hand, have a leg up on most fruits in terms of Vitamin C, in fact tripling the Vitamin C composition in your typical Florida orange. Additionally, their beta-carotene will improve your eyesight and skin while increasing protection against common diseases.

In terms of meats that are proven immune boosters, consider incorporating the following into your menu: 

  • Poultry 
  • Shellfish 

Shellfish is a criminally overlooked food whenever people are rounding up compilations of foods that are great for your Immunity supplement yet it makes for a powerful addition to mealtimes. Shellfish such as mussels, lobsters, crabs, and oysters pack enough zinc to power your immune system to new levels.

Poultry is a more popular food choice for healthier meal plans, and there’s more to it than the placebo effect that has over the years become attached to chicken soup. True to its billing, chicken can offer relief for various cold symptoms, and it’s packed to the brim with vitamin B-6, which is a catalyst for red blood cell formation. 

Leaning toward a single food type or nutrient won’t do you any favors so be sure to mix it up and try out different foods.

Exercise more to bolster your body’s natural defenses

Exercise may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about improving your immune system, but it can work wonders in many ways. 

For one, exercise is great at relieving stress and clearing the mind. An accumulation of stress can inhibit the strength of your antibodies and make your body more vulnerable to disease. More specifically, the number of lymphocytes in the body dwindles in the presence of corticosteroid (stress hormone) thus increasing your susceptibility to disease. By inducing stress-busting hormones, working out strengthens your body’s natural Immunity supplement. 

Other ways that exercise contribute to a stronger immunity is by: 

  • Raising your body temperature 
  • Improving sleep patterns 
  • Reducing inflammation 

When we’re sick, our body instigates a fever to raise the core temperature to make it uncomfortable and unfavorable for bacteria and pathogens to thrive. In a similar concept, some researchers suggest that exercising raises body temperature during and even considerably after the completion of a workout, which helps realize similar benefits. 

While the jury is still out on the above theory, exercise has been proven to help you sleep better which has been substantiated to improve your body’s defenses. Not only can it help you sleep longer but it can also improve the quality of your shuteye. Sleep loss takes away from the body’s natural strength, due to the increased generation of inflammatory cytokines and the resulting reduction in antibodies.

Fortunately, just 150 minutes of aerobic workouts, moderate-intensity, should put you on the safe side. This is according to findings of the US HHS department. If you’re a weekend warrior, the same research suggests you should be fine with a weekly routine of 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity.

Take your vaccines and kick your bad habits to the curb 

If your immune system is a pushover, vaccines can be the big brother you need. Even if your body’s natural defenses have no qualms about squaring it out with infections, vaccines can help further tilt the battle in your favor, ensuring pathogens are no match for your boosted immunity. 

It doesn’t have to be flu season before you get your influenza vaccine. The proactive approach is the best way to prevent disease. Aside from your yearly flu shot, other vaccines we recommend you keep up with include the: 

  • HPV vaccine 
  • Tdap/Td vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccine

Of course, it helps to talk with your physician first, to work out what vaccines you may need depending on your lifestyle, health conditions, age, and travel patterns. Speaking of the coronavirus vaccine, our compound pharmacy offers COVID-19 booster shots, with the possibility of same-day appointments. Get in touch with us to learn more.

As for bad habits that do your body’s defenses no favors, we highly discourage: 

  • Smoking. Nicotine can have adverse effects on your body’s ability to produce B-cell antibodies. A PLOS One study further ads that e-cigarette vapor damages your lungs and paves the way for diseases
  • Excessive drinking. Too much alcohol can lower your white cell count, which isn’t good news for your immunity. 

If you aren’t keen to waste any leave days nursing yourself back to health, it may be time to consider quitting smoking and drinking.

Supplements are awesome too

If a cold has you under the weather, Zinc lozenges can help you beat it faster, and may even ensure you don’t catch it in the first place. ECCG, otherwise known as epigallocatechin, can also help shake off a bad case of a viral infection quicker, and the same goes for many other supplements you can get at Bay Life compounding pharmacy. Why not check out our 24-hour immunity supplement? It contains an all-in-one multi-vitamin formula to take your body’s defense system to the next level. Try it out today.