6 Ways to Boost Your Immunity Naturally

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming a widespread and growing public health concern, ‘boosting your immunity’ has become even more of a buzzword than it already is.

In light of current news, good hygiene, giving extra consideration to those who are immunocompromised, and taking extra good care of our immune response are some of the necessary measures we all need to take to protect ourselves and each other.

Besides washing your hands and practicing social distancing, follow these other lifestyle tips to boost your immune system.

1. Prioritize Sleep
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sleep is essential to keeping our immune system strong. Even just 1 night of inadequate or poor sleep quality lowers your body’s production of immune cells. Go ahead and make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary and do what you have to do to relax before bedtime to ensure you get quality zzz’s.

2. Replenish your Vitamin C
We can’t have an article about boosting your immunity without mentioning Vitamin C. It goes without saying that you need to have this antioxidant on hand to counteract immune-dampening free radicals. Where Vitamin C is concerned however, more isn’t necessarily better, but more frequently is.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble Vitamin, meaning your body excretes the Vitamin C it doesn’t need or absorb at a given time. Instead of loading up all at once on Vitamin C, have it frequently instead to replenish your daily needs. A glass of orange juice in the morning and a Vitamin C supplement after lunch are more ideal to give your body a daily dose of Vitamin C instead of 1 large single serving at once.

3. Stay Hydrated
Another obvious way to enhance your immunity and keep it strong is to stay hydrated. Why exactly? Drinking adequate amounts of fluids keeps your lungs moist. This moisture is needed to help clear out any unwanted toxins in them which otherwise make it an environment for infections to thrive.

 

4. Avoid Inflammatory Foods
As if inflammatory foods in themselves are reason enough to not eat them, you want to avoid inflammation to ensure a healthy and strong immune response to infections.

So keep away from inflammation causing foods such as refined sugar, trans fats from junk food, and artificial ingredients and additives such as nitrates from packaged food to maintain a healthy and strong immune response.

5. Lessen Cortisol
Make it a daily practice to allow your mind and body to relax and unwind. This can be from sitting quietly and mindfully eating a healthy meal, taking a long warm bath, going for a run, journaling etc. Time to relax allows your body to normalize it’s cortisol levels. Where boosting your immune system is concerned, you want to balance out your cortisol levels naturally because too much can physically disrupt and slow down your body’s natural ability to heal itself. This is why so many diseases are linked to stress and improve when we prioritize time to relax.

Consider a stress supplement and pair it with breathing exercises which can be especially helpful if you’re having a difficult time relaxing.

6. Load up on immunity boosters
Vitamin C isn’t the only nutrient you need for a strong immune system. Eat healthy and incorporate these other nutrients as well to keep your immune system strong:

  • Turmeric and Ginger- Powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that are especially good at warding off colds and other viruses.
  • Garlic- Contains allicin and Sulphur which have been shown to boost the disease response of white blood cells especially where viral infections are concerned.
  • Zinc- Zinc is an important mineral that helps keep the immune system strong and can promote faster recovery from existing infections.
  • Vitamin D- Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to higher susceptibility to various and frequent infections so ensure you supplement with Vitamin D and/or get your daily exposure to sunlight.
  • Fish Oil– The long chain fatty acids found in fish oil have shown the ability to strengthen and enhance existing immune cells. The EPA and DHA found in fish oil also reduce the body’s susceptibility to illness thanks to their anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Probiotics– Probiotics help to boost an immune system and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria which can lead to infection in the body.

Check out these healthy recipes as well that will help ward off infections if you need any immune-boosting inspiration for the kitchen.

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How to Care for Your Hormones

Hormones are essential to our good health. Like breathing clean air or eating fresh food, we tend to not be fully aware of the quality of these things unless we don’t have them, and then we realize just how important it is for our quality of life.

When it comes to our hormones, look to them as an indicator of your overall health status as well as a reflection of your lifestyle. While many people are resilient to life’s stressors and unhealthy habits and don’t suffer from hormonal imbalances, there’s a significant amount of people who suffer from hormonal imbalances that can correlate directly to their lifestyle.

Promote hormone balance by ensuring you get an adequate amount of these nutrients:

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3 fatty acids, like the ones in fish oil are especially good for female hormone balance as omega 3 fatty acids help with PMS and irregular periods by helping to balance out excess testosterone, increase serotonin and help to harmonize estrogen and progesterone ratios.
  • Fiber, fiber, fiber: Focus on a high-fiber diet, which is doubly beneficial as fiber containing foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) contain a host of phytonutrients which help to nourish the body to carry out all the necessary functions for adequate hormone production and secretion. Fiber is needed to help ‘sweep’ your body clean and cleanse it from excess hormones, particularly estrogen, which otherwise could cause imbalances.

Stress management for hormone health


Oftentimes, stress is the culprit for sending your hormones out of whack. If you’ve experienced painful periods, skipped periods, hormonal migraines, and a rollercoaster ride of mood swings, you can bet that you’ve simultaneously had a lot of issues to deal with. For instance, that fight you’ve had with your partner could be the reason you had a headache 3 days later, that day you binged on fast food after a tough work day could result in a breakout or dull skin the following week, those early mornings and late nights that left you sleep deprived are likely the reason behind your moodiness.

These are all different forms of life stressors and without prioritizing some proper and regular time for self-care and recovery, stress can take its toll on our hormone balance as excess cortisol and adrenaline have the unfortunate effect to wreak havoc on the rest of our hormones.

If it hasn’t been obvious already, make it a priority, not a luxury, to allow your mind and body recover from stress on a daily basis. A monthly massage, a year-end vacation, or a weekend catching up on sleep won’t cut it, especially where your hormone health is concerned. Think of self-care as a ‘reset’ for your body to bring it back to balance on a daily basis.

Try the following stress-management tips, that are especially beneficial for your hormones:

1. Prioritize sleep:
Quality deep sleep is essential for hormone health. A good night’s rest is not just for your body to regain energy, but to also restore and repair itself, and yes that includes your hormonal balance.

2. Control your caffeine:
Caffeine has the wonderful ability to perk up slow mornings and get us going. Where your hormone health is concerned though, try schedule your morning coffee at least 3 hours after waking up and at least space it at the very least 6 hours away from your bedtime. The logic behind this is to not interfere with your body’s natural sleep and waking cycles as well as to not unnecessarily jack up your cortisol levels.

In the morning after waking, your cortisol levels naturally and steadily rise and decline throughout the day. Having caffeine too early in the morning or too late in the day, can raise your cortisol, more than what your body needs thus throwing it and your other hormones out of balance.

3. Meditate
Meditation is perhaps the quickest stress-management and selfcare technique one can utilize as even just a few minutes of meditation can help keep cortisol and adrenaline in check while simultaneously releasing feel-good hormones GABA and serotonin.

4. Incorporate Adaptogens
Adaptogens are a unique group of plants that have the amazing ability to bring the body back and keep it in balance. There are many different types of adaptogens, but two stand out for hormone health.

The first adaptogen would be Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha helps nourish all hormone excreting organs, helping to harmonize any imbalances and bring the body back to a healthier state. This is especially beneficial for a stressed out body.

Maca, is a Peruvian root, prized for its hormone balancing abilities by being able to nourish the pituitary gland. Maca is especially beneficial for women who suffer from hormonal imbalances in the form of irregular and painful periods.
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What Causes Hormonal Imbalances?

Hormones are often associated with puberty and a healthy libido, but the truth is, there are so many different kinds of hormones that are responsible for hundreds of bodily processes. Take care of your hormones, your body will thank you for it.

Here are some key hormones that greatly influence our overall wellbeing, and common symptoms that indicate that they may be off balance:

Cortisol:
Cortisol is the hormone our body naturally creates when we’re stressed. Although frequently antagonized, this hormone is crucial for energy and for our body to remain in an active an alert state. The problem with cortisol is too much of it, all the time, is what would be considered an imbalance (like anything). Symptoms of a cortisol imbalance would be feeling restless at night and tired during the day.

Estrogen:
An imbalance in estrogen, particularly too much estrogen is called estrogen dominance. As a primary female sex hormone, estrogen helps to regulate and keep a healthy reproductive system. When there’s an imbalance, too much estrogen can cause heavy periods, moodiness, and weight gain that’s difficult to lose. Too little estrogen on the other hand can cause joint pain and dry skin.

Progesterone:
Progesterone is a steroid hormone and is responsible for a range of bodily functions such as menstruation and pregnancy. Progesterone also helps to stabilize moods so an imbalance in progesterone can be indicated by anxious moods. Look out as well for frequent periods, an chronic tiredness as this could indicate a progesterone imbalance.

Testosterone:
Testosterone, often associated as a male hormone, is actually present and needed in male and female health. Testosterone is needed for a healthy libido, bone health, and muscle development. A testosterone imbalance is associated with fatigue, moodiness and low sex drive.

Thyroid:
A healthy functioning thyroid maintains healthy digestion, regulates the body’s metabolism. Iodine is a in integral nutrient for thyroid health and those lacking could experience an underactive thyroid with symptoms such as irregular periods, mood disorders, hair loss, and chronic fatigue.

How can I balance my hormones?

Balancing your hormones is a lifestyle. While it’s difficult to navigate the complex web of hormones, how they interact with each other and affect your over health, a holistic approach always helps to improve symptoms of hormone imbalances. Seeking a doctor or a specialist, especially for extreme cases of hormonal imbalance, is ideal, but as the person living in your body, you too can take proactive steps to improve your hormone health.

1. Plug nutritional gaps:


Hormone imbalances can be linked to malnutrition. The body needs an adequate amount of nutrients in order to carry out thousands of bodily processes every day. Think of nutrients as gas and your hormone secreting organs as a car. Without gas, the car can’t move. Same for your organs, without adequate nutrients, hormone secreting organs such as the thyroid or ovaries, can’t go to make and release adequate levels of hormones.

Where nutritional gaps are concerned, assess your diet. Is it primarily a varied whole foods diet consisting mostly of plant-based foods? Or does your diet consist mostly of fast food and packaged meals? If your diet is the latter, a hormonal imbalance is a clear indication that it’s time for a change. Pair a nutrient-dense whole foods diet with a quality multivitamin to give your body the nutrients it needs to produce adequate levels of hormones.

2. Address Stress


Chronic stress puts a serious dampener on hormone producing organs due to the inflammatory effects of constant high levels of cortisol and also blocks them from being created, particularly our ovaries which is responsible for the secretion of estrogen and progesterone. This is partially why women who are chronically stressed also suffer from irregular or painful periods. Too much cortisol leads to an imbalance of female sex hormones.

With that said, it’s important to take time to relax and help your body lower cortisol levels on a daily basis to help ensure that your body is in the right state to release other necessary hormones. Whatever relaxes you, don’t only do it, but treat it as a priority. Even just 5 minutes of daily meditation, an hours worth of gentle exercise, or carving out 30 minutes for a healthy and nourishing meal can do wonders in keeping the body balanced.

3. Consider adaptogens


Adaptogens are a special group of plants that have the ability to help bring and keep the body in balance. This is done by nourishing the body accordingly to what it needs. For example, if you’re always tired adaptogens can nourish your thyroid to give you more energy whereas if you’re constantly feeing wired, adaptogens nourish your adrenals to help calm you down.

Where hormone balances are concerned, adaptogens like Ashwagandha help nourish all hormone excreting organs, helping to harmonize any imbalances and bring the body back to a healthier state.

4. Take fish oil


The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil does wonders for balancing hormones. Not only do they lower inflammation in the body but consuming omega 3 fatty acids also improves testosterone levels, increases serotonin, and balances out estrogen levels. This is why omega 3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for women experiencing PMS or irregular periods.

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All-Natural Ways to Promote Youthful Skin

Getting back or preserving your skin’s youthful appearance is all about improving your complexion. This can be done by focusing on restoring and slowing down the breakdown of your skin’s elasticity, firmness, hydration and plumpness.

While aging skin is generally taboo, know that it is a natural process of life and laugh lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging are beautiful too. Nevertheless, we want to focus on keeping your skin as healthy as possible, with the added benefit of looking younger.

Here are some all-natural ways you can promote youthful skin and prevent premature aging:

1. Be happy


As we all know, stress, especially chronic stress, negatively affects our physical and mental wellbeing, and our skin is no exception. It’s important to reduce stress because cortisol, the hormone our body creates under stress, dulls our complexion by breaking down collagen.

As we age, our skin creates less collagen, so it’s important to optimize collagen production by caring for ourselves the best way we can. Stress is essentially a mental issue that carries over into our physical body so it’s important to live a life that makes you happy, while having the right tricks up your sleeve to adapt and manage stress, thus keeping those cortisol levels down!

Do things that make you happy, where possible, as much as possible. Hug your loved ones regularly, treat yourself to a good meal on difficult days and don’t beat yourself up over any extra calories, take a moment to enjoy the morning sun, talk to your support system when things get overwhelming, indulge daily in self-care rituals, etc. Happiness is a choice, and a proactive one at that, so choose happiness and get that youthful glow.

2. Hydrate


A simple but often overlooked skincare practice is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. If you’re wondering how much water you should be drinking, simply half your body weight (in pounds) and drink that amount in ounces. So for example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should be drinking at least 60 ounces of water daily.

That coveted youthful glow is partially thanks to plump skin with a healthy moisture barrier that our body gets from adequate hydration. Don’t forget to pair your water with an adequate amount of minerals and electrolytes which you lose from sweat and exercise.

3. Exercise


There’s a reason why our skin glows after exercise. Apart from toxins coming out and increased circulation (hello all-natural pink flush), inflammation is lowered as collagen-breaking stress and cortisol is lowered due to the release of endorphins. Exercise overall makes our skin look younger, so if you haven’t prioritized exercise as a regular habit, know that your skin health benefits greatly from it.

4. Eat Skin-Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Foods


Here we are again with inflammation and bad skin. Where diet is concerned, following a skin-healthy anti-inflammatory diet could help turn back the clock on prematurely aged skin.

Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, leafy greens, turmeric, and skin-plumping antioxidant rich essential fatty acids like fish oil. All these foods, and a healthy varied whole foods diet provides the body with the necessary antioxidants to combat free-radicals that age our skin faster.

On the other side of an eating an anti-inflammatory diet, is to restrict or eliminate inflammatory foods, which could negate your healthy efforts. Trans fats found in fried and packaged foods, alcohol, sugar and refined carbs are all inflammatory foods best avoided to keep skin looking young.

5. Use Vitamin C


Vitamin C is a popular vitamin marketed for immunity, but this vitamin is also well known for its beautifying benefits. Vitamin C stimulates our skin to create collagen and protects existing collagen from breaking down.

Lucky for anyone looking to eat their way beautiful, Vitamin C is present in most brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Have yourself a serving of bell peppers, berries, mangoes, lemons and limes for a daily vitamin C kick. Take it a step further by applying Vitamin C to your skin to reap all the collagen-boosting and youth promoting benefits of this beautifying vitamin.

6. Incorporate Collagen


Collagen is having a moment in the beauty industry right now and for good reason: supplementing with collagen has shown improvement in overall skin hydration, elasticity, and density, meaning collagen genuinely improves skin health from the inside out and those supplementing with collagen can look forward to more youthful looking skin.

 7. Sleep


There are many professional opinions on how many hours of sleep an individual should get, but generally we recommended getting in a minimum of 7 hours of quality sleep every night and to not have a bedtime past midnight in order to reap all the skin-restoring benefits of a good night’s rest.

The logic behind this is you want to work with your body’s natural circadian rhythm, and not against it. Staying up late disrupts the natural release of your sleep hormone, melatonin, and results in producing more skin-aging cortisol.

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Here’s What Fish Oil Can Do for You

Curating a selection of quality supplements can be tedious work. Finding what works for you, what’s necessary and what’s even noticeably beneficial, even the most health savvy can become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of options there are when it comes to choosing supplements and correlating it to your specific health needs.

However, there is a supplement that does stand out that pretty much everyone would benefit from: fish oil. Fish oil casts a wide net of health benefits that even the most health-conscious dieters could find a boost in health benefits by incorporating it into their wellness routine.

Here’s what fish oil can do for you:

Support your endocannabinoid system


We’re starting with a lesser known benefit of fish oil and that’s its ability to support your endocannabinoid system.

Essentially, the endocannabinoid system is the body’s interconnection of enzymes, nerve receptors, and cannabinoids (chemicals in the body that help to regulate appetite, pain, brain function, and movement). The endocannabinoid system is responsible for managing and regulating pain in our body and promotes a healthy immune response.

Fish oil fits into the health of our endocannabinoid system by containing the very chemicals that our bodies need to produce endocannabinoids: omega 3’s. Consuming fish oil helps our bodies to create and maintain healthy levels of endocannabinoids that our endocannabinoid system needs to function at its best. This means healthier immune response, more efficient pain management, and better brain function.

Promotes heart health


Taking fish oil is good for your heart, both for preventative care and for healing care. When consuming fish oil you can look forward to experience a whole host of heart health benefits such as:

  • Protection for your blood vessels: Healthy blood vessels are essential as they’re the means through which blood circulates in our body. The healthier our blood vessels, the more easily blood circulates in the body, and the less strained the heart is in pumping blood. Fish oil comes into play here by helping to lower levels of artery-hardening triglycerides, which puts strain on the heart as it has to work harder to pump blood through hard artery walls. While a healthier diet and regular exercise is the foremost preventive factors in keeping our heart healthy, incorporating fish oil benefits the heart and compliments a heart-healthy lifestyle.
  • Promotes healing: For those who have unfortunately experienced some sort of cardiac issue, studies have shown that taking fish oil after recovering from a cardiac episode such as a heart attack, greatly lessened the chance of another heart attack. This is all thanks to the omega 3’s found in fish oil that are well known to help lower levels of cardiac disease and lessen the chances of sudden death.

Boosts Brain Health


Did you know that the brain is mostly composed of fat? For healthy brain development, function, and preventive health, dietary fats are crucial. Fish oil, in particular is especially good for the brain precisely because the majority of fat that composes the brain is omega 3 fatty acids, particularly DHA.

Consuming fish oil highly benefits both the maintenance and protection of your brain health as well as boosting overall cognitive function.

Lowers Inflammation


There is a correlation between inflammation and low levels of omega 3 fatty acids. This is because omega-3 fatty acids are an anti-inflammatory.

Chronic inflammation cascades into a wide range of symptoms as our bodies undergo this perpetual state of stress. Depression, headaches, heart disease, brain fog, acne, dermatitis, upset stomach, and increased susceptibility to infections can all be traced back to some form of inflammation. This is why we find fish oil recommended in a wide variety of health topics ranging as a supplement for glowing skin, an immunity enhancer, healthier hormone balance, a brain function booster, to promote heart health, a supplement for healthy hair, a mood enhancer etc. This is all because of the powerful anti-inflammatory benefits omega 3 fatty acids have on the body.

Many people aspire to optimize their health as efficiently and effortless as possible. Adding fish oil into your supplement routine is arguably has the widest spectrum of preventive health benefits. If you haven’t started taking fish oil yet, find yourself a quality supplement and see the benefits for yourself.

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What happens to your body when you start taking fish oil

Fish oil, being exactly what it sounds like, oil extracted from fish, particularly fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring etc, is jam packed with an essential fatty acid that provides our bodies with a host of benefits. This fatty acid, known as omega 3 fatty acids, promote our health ranging from brain function, mood regulation, cardiovascular health etc.

If you haven’t incorporated fish oil into your supplement routine, here are just a few of its benefits that you can look forward to:

1. Lowers inflammation


Omega 3 fatty acids are a powerful anti-inflammatory. Study after study has shown that regular consumption of omega 3 fatty acids have the potential to prevent and treat inflammatory issues in our bodies such as eczema, high cholesterol, depression, heart disease, stroke and arthritis.

2. Have a healthier heart


Fish oil consumption has been linked to overall better heart health. This means lowering bad cholesterol levels, LDL, and increasing healthy cholesterol, your HDL. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits, fish oil can help lessen and prevent plaque in your arteries as well as reduce blood pressure. While fish oil is not the magic bullet for preventing heart disease, it certainly brings to it a wide range of benefits that contribute to a healthy heart.

3. Mental maintenance


Long gone are the days where everything had to be zero or low fat to be healthy. Now, fat is better understood and people are aware that all fats are not the same. With good fat on the rise, people are better understanding that fish oil and the omega 3 fatty acids it contains are beneficial for us, particularly our brain which is actually largely composed of omega 3 fatty acids, making consumption of omega 3 fatty acids integral in maintaining normal brain function.

Keep your mental health and moods in order by taking fish oil regularly. Consumption of omega 3 fatty acids have shown the ability to improve mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as slow down general age-related mental decline.

4. Gorgeous locks and glowing skin


Thanks again to the anti-inflammatory benefits that fish oil brings, you can expect less skin inflammation issues such as acne and eczema as well as healthier hair growth. Omega 3’s also are a large component of healthy skin and fish oil can naturally keep your skin and scalp hydrated from within, promoting healthy glowing skin and healthy hair growth.

5. Happier hormones


Omega 3 fatty acids are well known to help ease PMS symptoms and other menstrual pains. The combination of healthy fats and anti-inflammatory compounds make fish oil particularly beneficial for women because the omega 3 fatty acids nourish the ovaries and promote hormone balance all of which can help ease pain, stabilize mood swings, and promote a regular and painless menstrual cycle.

Bonus: You get an additional dose of vitamins
Fish oil is most famous for containing omega 3 fatty acids, but it is also a source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D. This is what makes fish oil such a wonderful addition to a supplement routine because Vitamins A and D are fat soluble, meaning you need to consume fat in order to absorb these vitamins efficiently. Fish oil is a perfect nutrient dense source and acts as its own bioenhancer, so you can optimally consume all the benefits fish oil has to offer.

Be sure to get a daily dose of omega 3 fatty acids from a varied and healthy diet. Seeing as our bodies cannot make this essential nutrient, eating fish and other kinds of seafood, nuts such as walnuts, seeds such as chia seeds and flaxseeds, and plant oils like flaxseed oil as well as taking a quality supplement rich in omega 3 fatty acids, you can give your body a healthy boost that will benefit you ranging from having happier moods to having a healthier heart.

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