16 Nov NINE Healthy Immune Tips to Ring-In the Holidays
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring. Yes, soon it will be Christmas season full of (online) shopping, cooking, cards and trying to juggle all of this while also continuing with your daily routine. Although this year’s Holiday season will be different from years past, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget about taking care of your own health.
Do these sound familiar?…
- You’re too busy to cook something healthy so you stop at the fast food drive-up window.
- You spend way more hours than planned shopping in stores and online for the right gifts.
- You worry about spending too much on gifts but you do it anyway.
- You stay up late baking cookies and preparing special meals.
- You worry about everyone else but forget about you.
Well, here’s the scoop. During this busy Holiday season, too much activity and stress can weaken your immune system. That means you and your family need to be extra cautious about supporting and maintaining your health. So here are some immune system supporting tips that can benefit the whole family, but be sure that you gift YOURSELF by following these suggestions as well.
Insufficient sleep has become so commonplace, many people don’t even think of it as a health problem, but it definitely is. When you don’t get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, the body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that work to prevent inflammation and infection. As a result, you’re more susceptible to illness because your immune system is less able to respond to invaders. Did you know that people who don’t get at least 7 hours of sleep per night are nearly 3x more likely to get a cold than others who sleep 8+ hours?
To get consistent sleep, turn off your electronic devices before retiring, ensure your sleeping environment is ideal and establish a nightly calming routine before turning off the light that’ll help you wind down.
There’s nothing like a good belly laugh to energize your immune system, and here’s how it works. When you laugh, your diaphragm helps push lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic vessels. The lymphatic system is involved in filtering and removing waste products from your body, including microorganisms, dead cells, and toxins. When you improve your lymphatic flow, it also means more lymph fluid passes through your lymph nodes, which in turn means you produce more lymphocytes (the “cleaning” cells).
Find many occasions to laugh every day. Watch funny videos or movies, get together with others who love to laugh, read comedic articles and books. Laughter really is fun and effective medicine!
Drink green tea
Doesn’t a cup of hot green tea sound soothing and energizing right now? Research shows that drinking green tea can help improve your mood, cognition, and brain function while also providing your immune system with a super boost. That boost is attributed to the polyphenols in the tea, especially the catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This catechin is a potent antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage throughout the body. Enjoy several cups a day.
Protect yourself in public
Remember simple, common tactics to reduce possible infection such as wearing a mask when out in public and have non-toxic hand sanitizer in your purse and car. Wash your hands when you get home from running errands. Avoid crowds and practice social distancing.
Relish healthy foods
Your body will thank you for keeping healthy, natural foods stocked in your refrigerator and pantry. Foods high in antioxidants are a must during the fall and winter months to help keep your immune system strong as well as assist in a better recovery if you happen to already catch a bug. Try to also limit or avoid sugary foods, trans fats, and alcohol. Yes, it won’t be easy during the Holidays so just try your best.
Enjoy vitamin A enriched foods like carrots, broccoli, red bell peppers, spinach and sweet potatoes to support immune health. Vitamin C foods such as citrus fruits, red bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries and tomatoes help stimulate the formation of antibodies. Nuts, seeds and avocado are great sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. Too little zinc in the diet is associated with immune dysfunction, so be sure to also try and eat beans, seeds, nuts, and fish. Amino acids in protein are essential for T-cell function, which protect the body against pathogens. Finally a healthy amount of protein sources such as beans, nuts, seeds, eggs, quinoa, and fish are also beneficial to round-out your healthy immune supporting diet.
Practice stress reduction
It’s well known that stress takes a significant toll on immune system function and efficiency and so it’s important to manage stress on a daily basis and even more so during the Holidays.
To help reduce stress, try some easy techniques:
One is deep breathing, which calms the nervous system. Remember the “4-4-4.” Take in a deep breath through your nose counting four seconds, hold it for four seconds and release it through your mouth for four seconds. Repeat several times and also repeat the entire sequence more than once a day.
Other quick stress reducers include stretching, yoga, tai chi, and meditation. Daily practice will produce the best results.
Exercise is really “movement medicine” because it has so many advantages, especially for supporting the immune system. For example, physical activity can help eliminate bacteria from your airways. Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones into the body, enhances bone strength, and reduces your chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease, among others.
So why don’t you exercise your right to a healthier immune system and stay physically active throughout the Holidays? Take time daily for things you enjoy: walking, jogging, dancing, biking, swimming, Zumba, lifting weights or yoga to name a few.
Maintain healthy weight
All of that tempting Holiday food can end up hanging onto your hips and thighs if you don’t exercise some restraint. Maintaining a healthy weight is one way to support immune function. To help keep off additional pounds, eat a light snack before leaving the house so you won’t be tempted to overeat. Bring healthy snacks with you to keep overeating in check and don’t forget your daily “movement medicine.”
Take colloidal silver supplements
If you enjoy the sound of silver bells ringing out during the Holidays, you may also like to know that another kind of silver may brighten your days. Colloidal silver supplements help support your immune system.
Silver’s been safeguarding human health throughout the world for over 2,400 years. Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, journals about silver’s beneficial properties dating back 400 B.C.
Research shows that colloidal silver can provide broad-spectrum benefits for the immune system. Colloidal silver is a naturally- occurring mineral containing a mixture of ultra-pure water and ultra-fine silver particles. It’s quick and easy to take and is safe for adults, kids and even pets. (That could include Santa and the reindeer as well!)
Natural Path Silver Wings colloidal silver products are the ideal choice for supporting immune system function. During the Holidays, think silver: not just the melodic sound of silver bells but the health benefits of colloidal silver supplements for you and your family.
These supplements are available in strengths ranging between 50ppm and 500ppm (parts per million). The higher the PPM, the greater immune support. The pharmaceutical grade amber colored liquid is easily absorbed because of its small silver particle size and are independent lab tested and verified which gives you added piece of mind.
Ring-a-ling in your Holiday season and every season with Natural Path Silver Wings colloidal silver supplements for optimal immune support.
Will you be naughty or nice to your immune system?
Choose nice and be sure your Holiday season includes Natural Path Silver Wings’ true colloidal silver cheer, hearty ho-ho-ho laughter and the other healthy lifestyle gifts to yourself and your family with immune supporting goodness.
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