Does the new virus going around have you concerned? Are at increased risk of contracting the illness? We all want to know what we can do to be proactive in fighting viral or other types of infection.
First, rest. It’s hard to get good sleep during times of stress, but that’s exactly what’s needed. Your body is spending significant amounts of energy trying to help you manage stress, detoxify, and repair. Not getting adequate sleep will compromise your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections.
Second, eat immune support foods. In other words, eat whole foods you prepare at home. Eating whole foods supports your gut and the food is loaded with amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and other healing components.
A probiotic supplement will populate your intestinal tract with good bacteria. As the bacteria support your intestine and digestion, they also build your immune system. Since 70% of your immune system is in your gut, it makes sense to care for your gut when you’re vulnerable to immune stress. Look for a product that contains 5-10 strains of bacteria and also has a prebiotic for the bacteria to feed on.
Lastly, drink more water! Water is necessary for flushing toxins and optimal cellular function. Being dehydrated adds stress to your body that in turn causes cellular dysfunction. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
Eating healthy foods, taking a probiotic, and drinking plenty of water are not only keys to recovery, but also prevention. Give your body the tools it needs on an ongoing basis to decrease the likelihood that you’ll get sick again during the next flu season!
For more information or assistance with your immune system or digestive function, contact Kari Collett, RDN, LDN, CLT