In the winter, more time spent indoors and dropping temperatures puts everyone at a higher risk of getting sick. But, by actively strengthening your immune system, you can enhance its ability to fend off infection. There are many ways to boost your immune system, including:
Eating a Nutrient-Rich Diet
Your diet plays a significant role in your immune health. A diet that’s rich in vegetables, leafy greens, citrus fruit, and lean protein can naturally enhance your immune system. If you’re missing out on vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin B, which are important nutrients for your immune system, you may want to discuss supplements with your doctor.
Getting Plenty of Sleep
When you sleep, your body gets the rest that it needs to stay in peak condition. If you’re sleep-deprived, your immune system won’t function at its best, leaving you more vulnerable to getting sick. So, make sure to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. If you have trouble falling asleep, start winding down an hour before heading to bed, making sure to avoid devices that emit blue light (especially your phone) during that time.
Moderate exercise increases circulation and can stimulate white blood cell production. This enhances your body’s immune function to help you better fight off illness. We recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day.
Stress reduces the immune system’s ability to fend off foreign invaders. So, managing stress well this winter will help maintain the strength and effectiveness of your immune system.
Massage therapy and chiropractic care can both relieve stress and anxiety. When you feel stressed out, it creates tension that you can carry in your body. One of the experienced doctors at the Rubin Health Center can release this tension and recommend treatments to help retain balance in your body. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!