Have you ever walked past someone in public at the exact time they sneezed or coughed? All the cells in your body go on red alert, you hold your breath, run for safety and douse yourself in antibacterial all-the-things?
And then you wait and see if it got ya. 🙏🏻
Hopefully, you’re already doing everything you can on a daily basis (especially at this time of year) to boost your immunity in an effort to avoid getting run down or sick. Admittedly, I don’t think about it much during the summer, but when fall arrives, I’m in full-on “boost immunity” mode.
5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity
A healthy immune system relies on a healthy lifestyle in its totality, so remember that everything you do to boost your immunity works together to help you stay strong and avoid illness.
I’m sharing 5 ways to boost your immunity as part of a #Ricola sponsored series for Socialstars.™
Technically, that means getting regular exercise, something we should all be doing. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure and contributes to maintaining a healthy body weight. If you’re like me and hate going to the gym, you can still take a walk outside and enjoy the fall color display. If the weather is frightful, jog or walk in place while you watch TV or read a book. I’ll pick up the pace during commercials too! Just do something active for at least 20 minutes every day.
Get enough sleep.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone knows this, but sleep is often the first thing we give up. Why do we do that to ourselves? We really need at least 8 hours of sleep nightly to keep our immune systems in fighting form. I finally gave in to this, and I’ve been getting a regular 8-9 hours of sleep for the last year. Best thing ever.
It’s difficult to eliminate stress completely, but there are ways to minimize it. Exercise is a great stress reliever! Allow yourself down-time to decompress, and make sure you’re balancing work with relaxation as much as possible. Music and laughter are also excellent stress busters.
Maintain a healthful diet.
A healthy immune system needs proper nourishment. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat should be the overall goal. Incorporate foods that pack a nutritious punch like yogurt, broccoli, garlic, citrus fruits, spinach, green tea and almonds.
Choose the right vitamins and supplements.
The best reason to take vitamins and supplements (in my opinion) is to round out what you might be missing in your daily diet. In general, a good multi-vitamin will cover you, but during the fall and winter months, I take extra C or an immunity product.
This year, I’m adding new Ricola Herbal Immunity to my arsenal. It harnesses the power of herbs, ginseng and vitamins B6, B12 and C to boost immunity strength and fight fatigue. (I have all of the individual supplements on hand, but it’s way easier for me to keep a stash of the lozenges in my purse than it is to carry around three different pill bottles.)
Ricola Herbal Immunity helps you stay well so you can bring your “A Game” all season long! Developed by master herbalists in Switzerland, one of the world’s healthiest and happiest countries, the lozenges are available in two varieties: Honey Herb and Citrus Herb. Look for them in CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid stores nationwide.