Every day is a good day to take your immune health seriously. Did you know that your body attacks invaders, including abnormal cells, all the time to help you stay healthy? Here are a few tips to remember to keep your immune health humming throughout the year and especially as we head into the cold and flu season.
Learn to Manage Stress
Since we cannot avoid stress, learning to manage it can help mitigate its negative effects on the body. Chronic stress can increase cortisol levels, which subsequently affect blood sugar management, heart health and more.
Deep-breathing breaks throughout the day, mindful living, and paying attention to self talk are some of the ways you can keep stress at bay. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits also play a role in how well you manage stress.
Avoid or Limit Sugar
Sugar intake leads to weight gain, increased inflammation, and lowered immune system function. Did you know it can take up to four days to fully clear the body of just one tablespoon of sugar?
Sugar also plays another role in immune health. Candida, a yeast that most of us have every day, is fed by sugar, which can lead to unhealthy overgrowth. When the intestines, where much of immune health originates, are overflowing with candida, the good bacteria needed for a healthy immune have no room to flourish.
Don’t forget that simple carbs such as white bread, white rice and processed foods, break down into sugar very rapidly in the body. Also, liquid sugar, such as apple juice, provides much more sugar, which is more immediately absorbed, than choosing instead to eat actual apples. Compare the ten apples it would take to come up with a nice glass of apple juice to how many actual apples you might eat before you get full, add in the fiber from the apple, and you can see that eating an apple provides much less sugar than drinking apple juice.
Feed Your Immune System Well
Antioxidants, probiotics, green foods, whole, fresh foods and more offer great nutrients to help your body protect itself. Here’s a recipe for a Green Tropical Smoothie to help you get some of these nutrients and make it fun. To cut down on the sugar content, try using Greek yogurt that does not have sugar added. Thanks to Natural Factors for the following smoothie recipe:
Green Tropical Smoothie
1/3 cup of coconut milk
1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
1 cup of frozen pineapple
1/3 cup of frozen mango
1 frozen banana
2 cups of fresh kale of any kind
1 tbsp of flaxseeds
1 scoop of Whole Earth & Sea Fermented Greens–Tropical flavor
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
2. Shredded coconut as a topping can add crunch, but feel free to add any fun toppings you like.
At Betsy’s, we love to help you make the best supplement choices every day. We look forward to helping you get a head start on your cold weather nutrient needs at your next visit.
Betsy’s Note: This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Consult your healthcare provider before trying a supplement, especially if you take medications or OTC medications or have a medical condition.