Simple Immune Boosters That Pack a Punch
It’s officially cold and flu season, that time of year when you can’t go anywhere without hearing someone hack up a lung. No one likes getting sick, and let’s be honest here—you’re too busy to get waylaid by a cold! You’ve gotten your flu shot and you scrub your hands like you’re constantly prepping for surgery, but is there anything else you can do to help stay healthy? You bet!
- Get some rest. The importance of a good night’s sleep can’t be underestimated. When you’re sleeping, your body takes time to rest and repair in order to get you ready for the next day, not unlike the way your laptop installs updates overnight. If you’re constantly running around on next to no sleep, not only will you feel rundown, but your system starts to get rundown as well, leaving you more vulnerable to viruses.
- Get all of your vitamins and minerals. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet, and, to ensure you’re getting all your essential vitamins and minerals, why not start off your day with 2 oz of Vemma? Give your body the tools to keep yourself in peak condition!
- Move your body! Gray skies and sluggish weather can leave you feeling sluggish too, but resist the temptation to hide inside on the couch and get moving! Your body loves exercise and, in doing so, you’ll help keep your body healthy to fight off flu season.
- Consider boosting your garlic intake. Garlic breath isn’t great if you’re feeling amorous, but a 2009 study indicated garlic can enhance immune function and has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal activities—just make sure you have a toothbrush or some mints handy.1
- Take off your shoes in your house. The University of Arizona did a study about the various kinds of bacteria found on the bottoms of shoes and the results were pretty disgusting. When you wear your shoes inside your house, you run the risk of tracking in all sorts of gross things including E.coli and fecal matter.2 Think about those shoes you wore inside a public bathroom—do you really want those anywhere near your couch or your coffee table? This is especially important if you have small children at home who spend a lot of time on the floor and put their hands in their mouths. Don’t even give the germs a chance to get into your house by taking off your shoes as soon as you get home!
Even the best efforts can’t protect against everything, but hopefully these tips will give you the boost you need to keep yourself in good shape. This is a new year and a new you, so give your system a fighting chance during cold and flu season!
1 Iciek, M., Kwiecień, I. and Włodek, L. (2009), Biological properties of garlic and garlic-derived organosulfur compounds. Environ. Mol. Mutagen., 50: 247–265. doi:10.1002/em.20474
2 Wasu, Sonu. “Study Shows Wearing Shoes inside Your Home Invites Unwanted Germs.”KNXV, ABC15, 13 June 2017, www.abc15.com/news/state/study-shows-wearing-shoes-inside-your-home-invites-unwanted-germs.