Winter is coming and so is cold and flu season. Is your immune system ready for battle? Here are three simple suggestions to help boost your defenses against the bugs that are out there, using natural medicine and techniques:
- Probiotics: Did you know that a good portion of your immune system is located in your gut? Healthy gut flora is essential to a strong immune system. Not only does the healthy bacteria in your gut help digest your food, it also helps correct deficiencies and increase a powerful type of immune cell called ‘T-Cells.’
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D receptors are located on our immune cells in our body, which can help modulate our immune response to viruses and bacteria. Additionally, living in the Pacific Northwest, most of us tend to have low Vitamin D levels in the winter. To maintain adequate levels, I recommend taking 5,000 IU of Vitamin D per day during the winter season.
- Exercise: Most of us know that exercise is essential for improving overall health due to its positive effects on the cardiovascular system, total body weight and blood pressure. However, it is also beneficial to our immune system due to promoting circulation, which allows immune cells to move freely through the body in order to do their jobs more efficiently. I recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise 5 days per week.