How To Boost Your Immune System
There are times throughout the year when we all struggle with a compromised immune system. If it feels like you’re constantly fending off colds or feeling below par, read on to discover five simple ways you can boost your immune system and feel better.
Balance your gut
Keeping your gut balanced with plenty of good bacteria is essential when it comes to staying healthy and fighting fit. When there’s an overload of bad bacteria in the gut, it can lead your body’s immune system to turn and start attacking its own cells. Containing 20 billion of the world’s most well-researched and effective multi-strain live and active bacteria, Workshop’s Probiotic + Prebiotic fights off unfriendly organisms that can cause imbalance and promotes the growth of good bacteria. Add half a tablespoon into 250ml of water or milk alternative for a fast gut-boosting fix.
Add turmeric to your food
Upping your intake of anti-inflammatory foods is a sure-fire way to boost your immunity. Try adding turmeric to curries and soups or switch up your nut milk latte for a turmeric latte instead. Excellent at modulating the immune system and adjusting responses to stressors accordingly, it’s also high in curcumin which studies have shown can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage.
Stick to your workouts
Even working out as little as 20 minutes at a time can have a positive effect on your immune system. Known to lower stress and anxiety and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, exercising helps to promote white blood cells in the body which fight disease and infection.
Get plenty of sleep
Neglecting to get a decent night’s sleep won’t just leave you feeling foggy the morning after, it can have serious implications on your overall health and wellbeing, especially if you make it a habit. Not only can poor sleep quality and quantity impact how susceptible you are to getting sick, it can make your recovery afterwards harder too. Not enough sleep can also cause an increase in inflammation, cortisol levels and cardiovascular disease long-term, so try and aim for a minimum of seven hours each night no matter what.
Drinking plenty of water helps flush toxins from your body which could otherwise compromise your immune system. Water also helps to carry oxygen to your body which is key for properly functioning systems. For an extra boost add a multi vitamin to your bottle; Workshop’s Multi Vitamin Formula is rich in potent antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress and ward off cellular damage.