Fall is my favorite time of year; I love the changing leaves, playoff baseball, the occasional pumpkin-spiced confection, and of course a runny nose. I don’t love the runny nose part, but I thought it was one of those things I’d just have to suffer through year after year during my favorite season. As I’ve gotten older the severity of my allergies has diminished, and I believe cleaning up my diet over the past few years has really played a part in improving my allergies.
During my college days, I remember a lecture in which the professor compared the body’s immune system to a big bucket, and each ailment or illness (even minor ones) a person experienced was the water. So if your immune system is efficient at fighting off minor illnesses, and you’re not impacted by any serious ailments, your bucket is pretty empty and you feel great and have boundless energy. On the flip side, if your immune system is less efficient it will take your body longer to recover from minor illnesses resulting in the “bucket” filling up with “water” until the point it “overflows” and you’re overwhelmed.
To make an even better point, nourishing your immune system not only could help get rid of those seasonal allergies but could also help protect you from more serious communicable diseases that are more common during the colder months, the flu being top of the list since Lauren and I both suffered through 103° fevers for over a week last winter.
Best of all, a healthy gut is key to a healthy you, since it’s all connected. There are links between gut health and chronic conditions such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease. It may sound like a stretch, but consider roughly 70% of the immune system can be found in the gut. It makes sense that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said “let food be thy medicine”. Eliminating processed foods and taking steps to nourish your existing gut microbiome can be one of the greatest things you can do for your health because the impacts of an unbalanced immune system can be so widespread and far-reaching.
Eating an inflammation-reducing diet, like the keto diet is a great way to balance your immune system, but that’s not enough for many of us. Whether our immune system is fighting off a predisposed genetic disease, or simply the repetitive daily stress we all experience, or maybe it’s the cocktail of toxins in each breath we take, boosting your immune system is one of the best ways to protect your health.
The new Gut Connection Immune Balance supplements from Country Life Vitamins are a great addition to your daily routine to facilitate gut health and immunity. In fact, the entire Gut Connection line deserves your consideration if you aren’t feeling your absolute best every single day. Each of these supplements is unique and they all include a clinically studied prebiotic whole food fermentate to nourish your own unique gut bacteria to improve the health of your gut microbiome and boost your existing probiotics.
Let’s chat about 8 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY THIS FLU SEASON:
Supplement – Along with Immune Balance from the new Gut Connection line by Country Life Vitamins, Vitamin C is a huge immune-boosting vitamin that can help ward off stress and illness. A good multi-vitamin and Vitamin D are also a good idea. Chat with your doctor for the dosage amount that’s right for you.
Wash your hands often – According to the CDC; Handwashing can help prevent 1 in 5 respiratory illnesses and 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses.
Wash your hands right – Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse and Dry. 20 seconds, minimum! I know I’d rather spend 10 extra seconds washing my hands than a week in bed with the flu.
Get Outside – I know it’s cold, but try to catch some rays during the short days to avoid a Vitamin D deficiency which could lead to a weakened immune system.
Exercise – Treadmills are boring, so mix up your gym routine or head to the slopes and for a combo of tips #3 and #4, either way, regular exercise is an immune-boosting powerhouse.
Eat Well – Include plenty of immune-boosting foods like red bell peppers, garlic, ginger, mushrooms and turmeric. Bone broth is a great way to nourish your gut as are adaptogens.
Stay Hydrated – Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Green tea is packed with antioxidants so I like to add a cup or two to my daily routine as well.
Relax – Avoiding stressful situations is sometimes unrealistic, so make time to do something for yourself to calm your nerves. It could be meditation, yoga, taking an afternoon nap it doesn’t matter as long as it’s beneficial to you.
Have a tip you’d like to add to the list? Leave it in the comments below!