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Flu viruses can be found year round but more influenza activity starts to increase in October, peaking from December to February. So in order to end this year healthy and start 2019 off on the right foot, here are some simple tips to keep your immune system strong!
Every cell, organ, and muscle in your body needs water to function properly. Water helps remove toxins from your body through your urine and by keeping you regular.
Nourish Rx: Try to drink 1 to 1.5 liters of water to help support your body’s daily function.
Besides drinking water, ensure you stay hydrated by trying to add the following to your routine
Try eating as many different colored vegetables and fruits you can in order to ensure you are getting a diverse amount of minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are what give fruits and vegetables their beautiful color. They also have anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and potent antioxidant properties that help fight heart disease, cancer, and keep your immune system strong.
Nourish Rx: Try aiming for 5 different colors a day!
Some examples of phytonutrients include:
Zinc is an essential trace element that has many important functions in our bodies, from brain health to fertility. Zinc also helps strengthen our immune system by playing an important roll in the production and function of the immune cells that fight off infections . Since our body doesn’t make zinc on its own, it’s vital to make sure we are getting enough of it through food. Check out our article on zinc to find out the different food sources to add to your diet to make sure you’re getting enough.
Since 70% of your immune system is made in your gut, it makes sense that supporting a healthy gut microbiome is vital in strengthening your immune system and preventing illness.
Nourish Rx: Keep your gut healthy by:
3. Eating foods high in pre and probiotics like:
In addition to getting in the right nutrition, holistically support your immune health by focusing on getting adequate sleep, sweating it out 30 minutes a day, and managing your stress through meditation, yoga, or taking a hot bath, whatever works for you!
P.S Check out our Immune Boosting Pumpkin Muffins