Stress, lack of sleep, and even mild seasonal allergies can compromise your immune system making you vulnerable to infections.
We have you covered with 5 strategies to boost your immune system
Optimize your Vitamin D levels
Sometimes called the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Unfortunately modern-day living doesn’t allow people to get the direct sun exposure they need each day to manufacture a sufficient amount. Most people need to take 1000-5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily to achieve optimal levels.
Limit your sugar consumption
Sugar inhibits the activity of important immune cells therefore decreasing your immune system’s ability to function. The results of one study showed that the amount of sugar found in two sweetened beverages lowers immune response by 50% for up to five hours.
Get at least 6-8 hours of rejuvenating sleep each night
During the day, the stress hormone cortisol is at high levels in the body, suppressing your immune function. At night, cortisol levels drop, triggering cellular repair processes that are critical to optimal immune function.
Get regular, moderate exercise
Exercise increases circulation, which promotes the elimination of toxins and helps to move immune cells throughout your bloodstream more quickly. It also help reduces stress.
And The #1 Strategy Is
Acupuncture can regulate immune function while speeding up the healing of infection and normalizing the body’s immune response. It works by stimulating specific portions of the autonomic nervous system through selected acupoints. People that receive regular acupuncture treatments get sick less often!
“The characteristic that acupuncture enhances resistance is closely related with the immune system, which functions in defense, homeostasis, and surveillance. More and more research has revealed that acupuncture can regulate immunity, for example, to enhance anticancer and anti stress immune function and exert anti-inflammation effects. This may be the basis of acupuncture in preventing and treating later diseases.” 1 Liang
*Liang F, Cooper EL, Wang H, Jing X, Quispe-Cabanillas JG, Kondo T. Acupuncture and Immunity. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4540978/. Published 2015. Accessed April 8, 2020.
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