Autumn is awesome, but it often comes along with flu and colds. We already picked some common tips to enjoy this fall, and now let’s talk about natural immune system boosters that help to fight illnesses easily. Don’t let your body struggle ’em all alone!
Immune system boosters in do’s and don’ts
- DO sleep enough. Because good sleep is the first thing your body needs to stay strong and healthy.
- DO breath fresh air. First of all, walk as much as you can afford. Also keep your windows open. It never causes cold, just the opposite!
- DO exercise. Choose activity that suits your abilities and lifestyle best. Try any kind of outdoor sports.
- DO eat healthy foods. Your autumn diet should be high in vitamins that you get from fruit and vegetables. If you take supplements, choose multivitamins rather than single ones.
- DO protect yourself from getting infected. Now it’s time to wash hands even more frequently.
- DO NOT allow stress to affect your mind and body.
- DO NOT drink too much alcohol.
- DO NOT smoke.
Immunity boosting superfoods
- chicken broth (in addition, it really helps when you already got cold or flu);
- fruits (especially citrus ones);
- vegetables (the best choice is seasonal);
- fish (first of all, salmon, mackerel and herring);
- shellfish (oysters, clams, crabs and lobsters);
Immune system and aging
Aging reduces immune response capability. As a result we are more likely to get infections, inflammatory diseases and even cancer when we get older. Furthermore, respiratory infections, influenza and pneumonia are a leading cause of death in people over 65 worldwide, science says.
Good news is that immunity in the elderly seems to be related to the diet. Among natural immune system boosters are iron, copper, zinc, selenium, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E. Later we’ll tell what foods are the best source of each one.