Amidst all of the fear surrounding viruses especially during the winter months, we thought we’d put together a few helpful ways for you to strengthen your immune system during these challenging times. Here are some of our favourites:
- Eat Plenty of Fresh Fruits!
Fruits are nature’s best lymphatic cleansers which are integral to your immune system. Your lymphatic system is the first line of defence against disease, transporting and filtering lymph fluid containing antibodies, lymphocytes - as well as bacteria and waste products to be excreted. It’s important to keep this system flowing so that our body’s can eliminate the harmful waste that makes us sick! Fruits are also high in vitamin C which offers potent antioxidant support in the face of free radicals and environmental oxidation.
2. Contrast Hydrotherapy
A simple trick you can do when taking a shower is alternating the hot and cold water. You’ll want to do this at a 3:1 ratio in length of time. Turn the shower on as hot as your can stand it for 3 minutes and then as COLD as you can for 1 minute. Alternate this 2-3 times and always finish with cold. This does wonders for enhancing your circulatory system, increasing white blood cell count, and stimulating detoxification!
3. Dry Brushing
Not only a fantastic way to get your skin glowing, dry brushing with a natural bristle brush will also stimulate your lymphatic pathways and encourage movement. Did you know that 1/3 of your body’s toxins are excreted through your skin? It’s actually your largest organ of elimination and dry brushing assists with unclogging your pores to prevent any backlog or congestion. By encouraging this removal of toxins, this supports healthier skin, stronger immunity and vitality!
4. Take Your Vitamins
Our HAIRtamin Advanced formula has several KEY ingredients for boosting immunity. Here’s what they do:
- Vitamin C: not only an important antioxidant but also plays an essential role in immune defence by supporting cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune response.
- Vitamin D: supports the innate immune system and homeostasis in the body by modulating the stress and damage response. Since it can be harder to get vitamin D in the winter months depending on how far away you are from the equator - this vitamin can be vital to supplement!
- Zinc: affects multiple aspects of one’s immunity and it has been shown that those who are deficient in zinc are more susceptible to a variety of pathogens. Zinc plays a crucial role in the normal development and function of cells mediating nonspecific immunity (i.e. neutrophils and natural killer cells).
- Folate: folic acid helps to make and repair DNA, giving it a key role in cell-mediated immunity. In fact, the “blastogenic response” of T lymphocytes is decreased in folate-deficient humans and animals (Dhur, 1991).
- Turmeric: excellent for the immune system due to its anti-inflammatory affects and ability to act as an immune-modulator. It’s especially helpful when your body is undergoing higher periods of stress, for example, flu season.
- Aloe: with its antimicrobial, anti-viral, and antioxidant activities, aloe is your immune system’s bestie! It’s also been shown to stimulate part of the immune system called macrophages, which garble up unwanted invaders in your bloodstream. Phew!
- Selenium: a powerful antioxidant that helps to lower free radical stress on the body, selenium reduces inflammation and enhances your immune response.
5. Get a good nights sleep!
There is no replacement for the immune-boosting properties received from a deep and restful sleep! Did you know the time you go to bed makes a difference too? The most regenerative sleep happens from 10pm-2pm as 80% of your growth hormone is produced during this time. This hormone is imperative to a strong immune system and whole body regeneration (it’s when your detoxification organs are also working at their highest). Aim to start winding down for bed early if you can and get your well-deserved beauty sleep!
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