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Tips for Boosting Immunity

We’re ALL talking about our immune systems now, and rightly so. There is no time like the present to remind ourselves of a few key elements of immune support.

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  • Sleep, baby, sleep.

    1. Sleeping plays a huge role in immune health. When you don’t get enough high-quality sleep, you are more likely to be vulnerable to viruses, and take longer to recover. Research shows when you sleep, your body releases healing chemicals such as melatonin and cytokines that play a role in protecting you when you have an infection. On average, most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night, while children need 10 or more.

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    2. De-stress as much as you can.

      1. Sometimes telling ourselves not to feel stressed is easier said than done. But, studies show that chronic stress is detrimental for the immune system over time. What can we do about it? Well, anything that can ease tension may help: taking a hot bath, writing in a journal, mediating, exercising, and expressing gratitude are just some ideas. Also, sipping teas such as green tea with its L-theanine, and herbs such as passionflower and hawthorn berry have been shown to calm the body and mind. 

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      2. Drink elderflower tea.

        1. The herb elderflower has been used for eons (seriously, back to the ancient Egyptians) as a medicinal plant to support wellbeing and protect against infections. We know through modern science that is it BRIMMING with potent antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals. This is probably why it has loooooong been touted as one of the best herbs to support the immune system. We love it so much, we were excited (!!!) to include it alongside lemongrass, collagen and super herbs in our newest flavor, Lemon Lime.

          For more immune tips, read Dr. B’s Nerd Alert highlighting some of her favorite cold and flu preventions here.