7 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System
- Posted on: Nov 9 2017
Watery eyes, fatigue, dry cough and frustrating headaches can only mean one thing…fall allergy season is here. For some, it means allergies are even worse. On top of this, the weather is constantly changing, we’re exposed to more and more cold and flu viruses and of course, more allergens. Right now, more than ever, it is so crucial that you focus on beefing up your immune system.
A strong immune system helps your body fight off all of these common allergy symptoms, as well as ward off cold, flu and sinus infections.
Common allergy symptoms:
- Post nasal drip
- Itchy eyes
Just as you work towards building up strength and muscles, the same persistence is required in building your immune system. Debilitating fatigue, itchy eyes, annoying cough and obnoxious headaches all mean one thing…allergy season is in full swing. The pollen is floating in the air, leaving that thick, yellow coating on our cars and worse, attacking our immune systems. Right now, more than ever, it is crucial that you focus on beefing up your immune system so that you can stop suffering through spring time and start enjoying all the beautiful and fresh aspects that this time of year brings.
A strong immune system gives you the ability to fight off common colds, sinus infections, flu viruses and even allergy symptoms, such as post nasal drip, cough, sneezing and itchy eyes. However, just like building strong muscles, you have to really work to build up a strong immune system, too.
So what can you do? Follow Dr. Shel’s tips for building a strong immune system:
- Rest. I cannot stress this enough. Getting plenty of sleep each night, at least 7 hours, will do wonders for your health, especially your immune system. Not enough sleep paired with stress can have a negative impact on your adrenal glands, causing too much cortisol, the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can weaken your immune system and in turn, cause you to be more apt to these allergy symptoms, as well as cold and flu viruses.
- Detox. The health of your entire body relies on the health of your gut, and this is especially true when it comes to your immune system. By eliminating toxins from your bloodstream, your body is able to function more optimally, which means the ability to fight off allergies. By following a safe and effective detox plan, such as the 14-Day Detox, your body will be able to rid itself of these harmful toxins and bacteria.
- Add probiotics. If there were one supplement I could never go a day without, it would be probiotics. Supporting overall gut healthy, these beneficial strains of bacteria support overall can, in turn, keep your immune system strong all allergy season long. Just like a multivitamin and vitamin D, probiotics should always be a the base of your daily vitamin routine. Not only do probiotics promote gut and immune health, but they also help improve your skin, can help with skin health and digestion, too.
- Get outside. The sunlight you’re exposed to when you’re outdoors triggers the body’s natural production of vitamin D, an essential hormone that strengthens the immune system. While it may be getting a little too chilly to spend long periods of time in direct sunlight, I still encourage you to try to get outside for at least 10-15 minutes a day. In this short amount of time, your body is able to produce a fair amount of its own vitamin D. That being said, while your body can produce it’s own vitamin D, it is most likely not sufficient amounts for a strong immune system and therefore, additional vitamin D supplementation is necessary. If you’re not already taking a high quality, medical-grade vitamin D, I highly recommend you get started on this one today. All you have to do is take one capsule weekly.
- Always add garlic. By simply adding extra garlic into your diet through cooking, you can boost your immune system naturally! this powerful nutrient is an excellent antimicrobial agent and immune booster.
- Never skip vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the most versatile nutrients on the market. This super nutrient also acts as an antioxidant and antihistamine, which means it helps to block the allergy reaction in individuals, and in turn, boosts the immune system. This super nutrient is a natural antihistamine, which helps to block the allergy reaction in individuals, as well as boost the immune system. I recommend at least 4,000-6,000 mg of vitamin C daily and upwards of 10,000 mg when you come down with a cold or sinus infection. While this may seem excessive to some, it works, and because vitamin C is water soluble, anything that your body doesn’t need or use is simply excreted through your urine.
- Get routine vitamin IV therapy. By receiving your nutrients intravenously, not only do you avoid taking an excessive amount of pills, but even better than that, your body absorbs 100% of the nutrients, allowing them to work to their maximum potential. Vitamin C and Myer’s Cocktail are two incredible vitamin IVs that not only boost your immune system, but provide you with optimal energy levels and help detoxify the body as well, and also provide your body with the hydration and metabolites it craves. I get both of these weekly, sometimes twice a week during cold and flu season, to keep my energy and immune system boosted and highly recommend you consider doing the same.
What will you do to boost your immune system during cold, flu and allergy season? If you believe you may be suffering from seasonal allergies, take our complimentary online allergy assessment today to see if allergy treatment could improve your symptoms. Take the assessment here.