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7 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health/Immune System

Now more than ever, improving and boosting the strength of your immune system is essential. Find simple changes to improve your immune systemů naturally.

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by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

If there is a silver lining from the pandemic, it's that we all need to be much more focused on our health and well-being, including keeping our natural immune system as strong as possible.

Some people may fear that they have to make too many changes to their lives... and, yes, some of those changes may take some adjusting, especially if you like eating out at fast food places or consuming processed foods. Even harder if you are addicted to sugar (and, yes, sugar is addictive), but if you want to live a full life and not depend on pharmaceuticals to keep you going, follow these tips.

Of course, before taking any of this advice, we recommend having a wellness visit with your primary doctor and get his/her input on ways you can improve your health and natural immune system.

Change What You Eat
The vast majority of medical experts now believe our immune system operates out of our gut -- which means we need to closely examine what we're eating. You should eliminate all the "white" food groups, including sugar, bleached flour, white rice. Replace sugar with natural alternatives such as stevia, xylitol, erythritol, and monk fruit. Cook and bake from scratch rather than buying processed foods and mixes. Stop deep-frying. Avoid most fast-food restaurants; make your own happy (and healthier) meals. Also remember to drink water, stay hydrated.

Exercise Daily
It's not the length or strenuous nature of a workout (though some of those are good), but simply the movement... even just taking a walk at your lunch break and using the stairs rather than the elevator is enough on a daily basis. If your health allows, then try to also include cardio exercise and strength-building exercises as well.

Implement Better Hygiene
The best thing you can do for your health is wash your hands with mild (ideally natural) soap and warm water... many times daily -- and always after being out in public and touching things others have touched. And in between hand-washings, avoid touching your face (eyes, mouth, nose, ears) with those unclean hands... it's a hard habit to break, but once you are conscious of it, you can make it more of a habit.

Spend Time in Nature
The natural world is not only beautiful, which helps lower our stress hormones, but all plants (and especially trees) give off phytoncides, which are chemicals the plants produce to protect themselves from germs and parasites. These phytoncides are mostly antioxidants, anti-depressants, and anti-inflammatory -- and have been found to encourage natural killer (NK) cells in the human body.

Reduce Stress
Stress can kill you... literally. Stress is the body's way of reacting to a physical or psychological challenge... and if you were not stressed before the pandemic and all its related issues (scary news stories of its spread. physical distancing and isolation, mask-wearing, product shortages, and the inoculation), you probably have been experiencing stress now. If we allow stress to linger and become chronic, it can lead to depression, difficulty sleeping, and higher blood pressure -- which can lead to triggering panic attacks, heart attacks, and strokes. Find ways to reduce stress by turning off the news, exercising, enjoying time with loved ones, and finding a new hobby.

Sleep Longer
Almost all studies show the value of sleep for the brain and the body, but all studies also show that most of us do not get the best or healthiest of sleep. Adults should average about 7 hours of sleep per night; children and teens even longer. Sleep reduces stress and inflammation while improving your memory and brain function. Your first goal should be going to be bed earlier or sleeping later, but after that, you really also need to examine the quality of your mattress, the temperature and lighting in the room, and the elimination of all electronic devices.

Consider Supplements
Vitamins C and D are essential, as are A, B, and E. Various minerals are also important, such as magnesium and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil supplements are key to fighting inflammation. Many of these supplements can be found in our foods, but with the increase in industrial farming and degradation of soil health -- along with the poor diets of many -- the foods we eat are often lacking some of these essential elements.

Final Thoughts on Improving Your Health and Immune System

It goes without saying that you should be doing all things in moderation, which includes drinking. In terms of smoking, you really need to quit entirely, but at least cutting back would be a start.

Want more tips for better health and immune support?

  • Why Gut Health Matters More Than You Think
  • 10 Ways to Ease Stress
  • 10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System
  • 12 Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep
  • Top Six Best Supplements for Health
  • The Live Saving Nature of Nature
  • 10 Easy Tips for Healthier Eating
  • 10 Quick Exercise Tips for Enhancing Overall Health
  • See also our article, Live Longer. Eat Healthier Daily. Best Foods for You, A-Z.

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    Avid wellness guru Dr. Randall S. Hansen Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., is an avid bicyclist, adventurist, environmentalist, and student of wellness and photography, with a mission of empowering others to lead great lives. He is Founder and CEO of EmpoweringSites.com, a network of empowering and transformative Websites. Dr. Hansen is also the founder and caretaker of this site, EmpoweringRetreat.com, as well as founder of EmpoweringAdvice.com, MyCollegeSuccessStory.com, and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Learn more by visiting his personal Website, RandallSHansen.com or reach him by email at CEO(at)empoweringsites.com. You can also check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

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