Is your immune system ready for winter in South Africa?
Winter is coming. Fast. While, many of us welcome the colder months, the biggest downside to the cooler weather is the rise of colds and flu! It’s not so fun walking past people in the shops or sitting near people that are coughing and snorting – and then thinking: is it my turn to get sick?
Your immune system is amazing. It works hard to keep you healthy. But, we’re at that time of the year where it’s going to have to work even harder to keep you healthy.
How can you help your immune system?
Be proactive. Follow the tips below for a healthy and strong immune system.
Ditch the hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer kills germs that cause illness. Yes. But, according to many studies only hand sanitizers with 60 to 95 percent alcohol are effective at killing germs. Ones with lower alcohol concentrations may cause germs to become resistant to sanitizers.
And, to top it off, washing your hands with normal soap and water is more effective. So, instead of using sanitizer, opt for washing your hands with soap and water, frequently of course.
Take care of your digestive system
A large percentage of your immune system lives in your gut. By taking care of your digestive system, you can build and protect your immune system.
You can take care of your immune system by:
- Chewing your food properly. A specific type of immune cell can be stimulated in our mouth when you chew, according to a study done at the University of Manchester. It can also help you digest your food properly and absorb nutrients from the food you eat – and your body needs more when you’re sick.
- Help your body out with a digestive enzyme blend, such as Digest It. Digestive enzymes aid digestion, which helps improve nutrient absorption, alleviate bloating and support overall digestion.
Own a dog – if you have one, cuddle him
This isn’t a joke. A dog is man’s best friend for so many reasons. A research team at the University of Arizona is currently investigating the link between bacteria found in dog’s saliva and your health. As it currently stands, it seems as though the cultures found in the saliva may be just what your immune system needs.
But, until the study brings out solid results, what we do know for certain is, dogs reduce depression and boost moods. This alone has a profound effect on your immune system.
Add “Indian Ginseng” to your diet
Since ancient times, Ashwangandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used to treat health problems. Ashwangandha addresses issues, such as stress and fatigue, which affect your immune system.
It’s powerful immune protection, energy enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties will give you the boost you need to stay healthy this winter.
Take a medicinal mushroom supplement
Medicinal mushrooms have been used for milleniums by various cultures around the world. Thanks to the advancement of modern science, we’re now discovering some of the fascinating healing powers of medicinal mushrooms. When taken the right way, medicinal mushrooms can prevent and treat illnesses.
Sfera Advanced Mycology Full Spectrum Mushroom Complex is a supplement that possesses potent ingredients to help your immune system.
It’s loaded with powerful antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, including vitamins A, C, D and E, selenium and uric acid. Shiitake, one of the ingredients gives this complex powerful immune boosting effects. It strengthens your immune system by increasing the amount of the body’s natural killer cells. It also contains Reishi, which promotes a strong immunity to disease. By taking it daily, you can fend of sickness and, if you’re already sick, it can help you get better faster.
There is so much more to this amazing supplement. You can read more about the amazing ingredients here.