8 Steps To Support Your Family's Immunity

There are many great ways that have been shown to help us support our body’s immunity. And the great part about these immune health tips is that they’re either fun things to do anyway or they’re beneficial in other ways as well - which makes it easier to accomplish all your goals!

 

Here’s a handy list of 8 things that may just give you the immune support that you and your family are looking for!

 

 

1. GET THAT SLEEP

Lack of sleep can weaken immune systems! Make sure to get the shut-eye your body needs to prevent this from happening.


Sleep needs can vary per person, but most adults should get about 8 hours of sleep per night while children should get anywhere from 8-17 hours per night depending on age.

 

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2. GO <INSERT YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE HERE>!

Whether it’s walking, running, swimming, or bicycling, getting moderate exercise may help your body by increasing white blood cell activity — part of your immune system!

Be careful not to overdo it though; if you participate in very long, intense workouts, you may actually decrease immunity. 30 minutes daily should do it!

...and if you’re able to spend your workout time outside, great! But if not, don’t forget that there are many options available for getting your daily exercise while staying safely indoors.

 

3. EAT RIGHT

In order for your body to function at its best, you need to supply it with good things! Studies show that people who eat lots of fruits and veggies get sick less. It is also suggested to eat a balanced diet containing foods that are high in antioxidants. Our food choices are the nutrients we give our bodies! 

 

4. SUPPLEMENT YOUR DIET

It’s not always easy to get the necessary nutrients! Life is busy and it can be hard to prepare good-for-you food all the time. This is where supplements can be helpful. Supplements are meant to do just that: supplement your diet.

 

Finding a good supplement can help round out you and your family’s diet to get all the vitamins and minerals you need.

Consult with a physician or healthcare provider to determine what supplements are best for you and your family. 

 

5. REDUCE STRESS (OR MANAGE IT BETTER!)

Chronic stress can cause problems for our immune systems. Too much stress hormone can lead to increased inflammation, and stress lowers the body’s amount of lymphocytes (white blood cells) that help us fight infection.

 

While we will never be able to completely get rid of stress, there are ways that we can help our bodies manage it to support our immune systems! A few stress management suggestions are meditation, working out, and connecting (virtually!) with others. 

 

During this period of social distancing and heavy media coverage of what can sometimes feel like a scary situation, it may be good at times to limit your time on social media and news sites. It’s important to stay informed, but if you find yourself spending too much time worrying about the current state of events, we recommend reaching out to your physician or a healthcare professional who may be able to lead you in the best direction.  

 

And remember that not all stress is bad for you...it’s long term stress that can cause the most problems.

 

6. GET CONNECTED

...to other people! Studies show that those who feel connected to others have better immunity than those who feel lonely. The interesting thing about this is that you can tailor it to you: it doesn’t matter if you’re close to lots of people or just a few, the connection seems to be what matters!


While we can’t hang out with friends and family like we used to right now, we can still use video chat. You can play a game together, chat about your day, or even watch a show together as if you were in the same room! And don’t forget how uplifting getting a card or letter in the mail can be.

 

7. HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE

Are you always dreading something? Do you have a habit of expecting the worst? According to one study, law students’ immune systems followed their outlook. When they were worried about school, their immune system followed suit and slowed down; when their outlook on school was good, their immune systems were better!

 

We may not be able to control our surroundings all the time, but maybe we do have a say in controlling our immune system by staying positive

 

8. HAVE A GOOD LAUGH

This is probably my favorite on the list! Laughing not only lowers levels of stress hormones in your body, but it also increases feel-good hormones such as endorphins.

What’s even better is that those stress hormone levels lessen even when you’re just anticipating something funny!

 

It's no accident that this list so closely resembles The Art of Health for Busy People. Overall health and immunity are closely connected. Eat right, get that sleep, stay educated on supporting immunity and don’t forget to laugh!

 

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