How To Boost Your Immune System
Hi guys, this is Ivana. Today I’m gonna talk to you about boosting your immune system. So we’re kind of mid-way through that cold and flu season and maybe you’ve been sick already. If you find that you’re getting sick a little bit too often and for me even getting sick once a season is too often, but most people do get sick about three or four times. Think of all that time you have to take off work, all the time you spend catching up afterwards. It’s pretty miserable, right, so you want to avoid sickness where possible. So today I’ve got three tips for you to boost your immune system and to give you a better fighting chance this season.
So number one, reduce your sugar. Now I’m sure you already know that reducing sugar from things like cakes and cookies and chocolates and all those sorts of things, that’s important. Sugar actually depresses your immune system so it makes it more difficult for your body to fight off potential invaders like bacteria and viruses. So you want to reduce your sugar as much as possible in order to support your immune system. Unfortunately, your body also treats things like breads and grains and cereals you might still be having for breakfast as sugar. Basically it’s processed the same way so you want to also avoid bread and keep in mind that most dairy products, especially milk have a lot of lactose, which is also the milk’s sugar. So if you’re having a lot of those products and maybe you’re not having a lot of candy or cookies or stuff like that, but you are having grains and a lot of dairy, then that’s actually a lot of sugar that your body needs to deal with as well so you really want to cut back on that in order to boost your immune system.
The second thing is take Vitamin D. So most of us are a little bit low on Vitamin D especially this time of year. Vitamin D is produced when the sun shines on your skin and unfortunately we don’t get enough of that in the northern hemisphere this time of year and your body generally doesn’t store up enough to get you through the entire winter so most people will need to take a Vitamin D supplement in the winter time just to get their levels up to a reasonable level. So the best thing to do though is to go to your doctor and have a blood test done to make sure that your Vitamin D levels are indeed low. In general it can be safe to take about 1,000 IUs anyway, but it’s always best to check with your doctor and make sure that your blood levels are indeed low and then you want to get them up to a good level so that you can support your immune system.
Now the third thing you want to do is make sure that you’re getting enough sleep. So not having enough sleep really depresses your immune system and I know you’re busy. There’s so much to do, but it really is important to get 7-9 hours of sleep on a consistent basis so you can’t catch up on the weekend. It’s not really gonna help you. You need to get that 7-9 hours of sleep consistently in order to feel well rested and to benefit your immune system.
So hopefully you enjoyed my tips today. Reduce your sugar, get your Vitamin D and get enough sleep and if you follow those you’re much less likely to get sick this season. Hopefully that works for you. See you next time.