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.
Sleep, baby, sleep.
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.
De-stress as much as you can.
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.