There are so many reasons to transition to a healthier lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is known to help with weight loss, reduce the risk of cancer, help manage diabetes, prevent heart disease and strokes, and strengthen bones and teeth. But can it improve your immune system? Experts say yes! To help you stay healthy, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite immune boosting lifestyle habits.
Eat More Greens
Most of us do not eat enough greens. Our diets are filled with processed foods, meat and unhealthy carbs. Did you know that leafy greens are supposed to make up most of your dinner plate? Greens are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and phytonutrients. They are amazing for your health! According to Amy Myers MD, adding more greens to your diet can boost digestive enzymes, protect your brain, make your skin glow, and even boost the immune system. Greens, such as moringa leaf, can support a healthy response to oxidative damage. Vegetables like broccoli, arugula, and kale can also boost the immune system.
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Whether it’s yoga, walks in the park, a run around the neighborhood, or weightlifting, physical activity can improve your mental health, strength, weight and your immune system. Houston Methodist says that exercise can improve immune function by boosting your overall circulation, making it easier for immune cells and other infection-fighting molecules to travel more easily throughout the body. Studies show that this can happen in as little as 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily.
Less Junk Food
Put away the cookies, donuts and other sugary snacks. Everything is fine in moderation, but sometimes we go a little overboard on sugary treats. Thrive Global wrote an article about research done at the University of Bonn that showed that junk food is correlated with a strong inflammatory response in the body, which results in an overly active immune system. Making us more prone to illnesses such as chronic inflammation, heart disease and diabetes.
There are so many benefits to drinking tea. According to Cup and Leaf, tea is known to protect heart health, boost energy, aid in weight loss, regulate blood sugar, and even aid in digestion. Gaiam reports that drinking green tea and camomile tea can help strengthen the immune system. Looking for a new herbal tea to try? pHion’s Alkaline Tea Blend has nine highly alkaline herbal ingredients for acid balancing, including chamomile, lavender, rose, rosemary, and more.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, all disease begins in the gut. But how true is this statement? Our gastrointestinal system contains 10 times more health-determining bacteria than the rest of our body. According to HuffPost, this protects us from infection, supports our metabolism, and promotes healthy digestion. The bad part: A majority of us have inadequate good bacteria and a lack of bacterial diversity, mainly due to poor diet, stress, exposure to environmental toxins, and overmedicating. This, in end, can cause hundreds of unwanted diseases.
Additionally, about 70 percent of cells contributing to the immune system are found in the gut, according to Doctor Microbiome. This means gut health affects how your body will respond to viruses entering the body. By following a healthy lifestyle, you can heal your gut. However, probiotics and prebiotics can also help strengthen the immune system. To make it simple, probiotics, which are live microorganisms, can help repopulate good bacteria and protect against bad bacteria. Prebiotics are a type of fiber that feed the good bacteria in your gut. Check out pHion’s probiotic blend and prebiotic fiber to see how we can help improve your gut health.
Looking for additional ways to improve your health and wellness? Check out our website to see how we can help you meet your health goals. And remember, before adding a new diet or exercise routine to your lifestyle, consult your physician to see the most effective way for you to stay happy and healthy.