It’s that time of year again. It’s cold, dark, and wet outside. It’s also flu season. You can escape the dreaded flu this year by keeping your immune system healthy. Eating right, exercising and getting enough rest are the 3 most important things you can do to keep your immune system strong. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, all high in antioxidants and immune boosting vitamins. Also, get at least 20 minutes of exercise per day. Exercising will help keep your body oxygenated. It will also help you fall asleep faster and to have a deeper, more restful sleep. A properly rested body is not as susceptible to viruses as a body that is in a chronic state of fatigue.
Another main immune suppressor is stress. Mental stress also causes very physical effects to your body. When you are under mental stress, your body is under more physical stress than you think. If you are feeling the effects of your own stressful lifestyle, try to relax with a yoga class, or meditation. The healing power of touch is also a wonderful and proven way to relax and unwind. Keeping your body in proper alignment and keeping your joints healthy gives your body that little extra boost to deter the effects of stress and today’s hectic lifestyle.