No one likes the idea of being sick. No one wants to have the flu, the cold, or even a weak immune system. We are all so busy in our lives that we can't afford to be weighed down because we don't feel good. There is nothing worse than having that lingering cough, sneezing every couple of seconds, running a high fever yet you're freezing, constantly blowing your nose, or simply struggling to breathe.
Here are simple, yet effective, ways to boost your immune system!
1. Sleep eight hours a night (or at least try to).
Sleep is key. It won't matter what other steps you take to boost your immune system if you aren't getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can result in an increase in stress, lower your immune system, and make you feel run-down.
2. Drink a lot of water.
Getting enough sleep and drinking enough water are the two main staples of being healthy. Just like with sleep, other methods or any tips and tricks to boost your immune system will be ineffective and useless if you don't do the two most basic yet necessary things. Being dehydrated leads to a whole other set of problems, all of which you want to avoid!
3. Take vitamins.
Vitamins are a wonderful addition to your daily regimen. It's easy to take and easy to incorporate, especially because it can be provided in a pill form or as a gummy. Personally, I really enjoy the gummy version just because they're so delicious and fun to eat. You can take specific vitamins (such as Vitamin C or Vitamin E) or take a multivitamin.
4. Airborne or Emergen-C as a preventative measure.
If you feel yourself coming down with something, or if you're feeling particularly weak, take Airborne or Emergen-C to give you a little boost. I actually have one friend who takes Emergen-C every couple of days as a preventative measure. I try to only take it when I feel myself coming down with something. Regardless, this is a very helpful addition in order to prevent sickness or to use when you're actually sick.
5. Drink herbal teas!
Tea provides an amazing way to boost your immune system, simply because it's packed with antioxidants and offer other benefits, depending on the type of tea. I really recommend Green Tea. If you don't like the flavor of it, try Green Tea with Jasmine or Green Tea with Pomegranate, which offers a little kick (flavor-wise) and offers added benefits. Chamomile Tea, Lemongrass Tea, and Ginger Tea are also great options!
6. Wash your hands regularly.
This may seem like a no brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people don't wash their hands as much as they should. You should obviously wash your hands after the bathroom, when cooking, when you touch something dirty, etc. It is really important to wash your hands often though, even if you just shook someone's hands or touched a doorknob, simply because there are so many germs everywhere and on everything. Many people also touch their face regularly, so you don't want to touch someone's hand (who knows what they touched or if they washed their hands) and then touch your lips.
7. Eat regularly.
This is also very important, basically as important as getting enough sleep and drinking enough water. If you don't eat sufficiently throughout the day, you will feel sluggish and you're not getting the necessary nutrients. It won't matter if you drink tea or take vitamins if you aren't eating enough to support yourself.