Now that the heat of summer is finally over here in Australia, it is time to welcome the cooler months of fall and early winter. We gladly don our beanies, knit gloves, and sweaters and get outside to enjoy the cool temperatures. However, during this transition time, our immune systems often become compromised and we end up with a cold or the flu.
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Reasons Why We Catch Colds
Interestingly, many strains of viruses and bacteria seem to thrive in colder temperatures. When these pathogens flourish, and we are exposed to them, then it is easier to catch the flu and cold if our immune system is low. During the colder months, people tend to stay inside more often with the house shut tightly.
When someone who is infected enters into the room, germs can easily spread. Sneezing and coughing can spread the germs and when someone who is infected touches objects, they spread those germs. Kids at school come home infected as well, and spread the germs amongst each other and throughout the house, leaving everyone vulnerable to catching the diseases.
Let’s take a look at several ways that you can boost your immune system so that you can give yourself a fighting chance to not catch a cold or the flu.
Get Enough Water, Sleep, and Exercise
Some of the things that you can do to prevent getting sick are actually pretty basic. Hydrate! When you drink water you are flushing out germs and toxins. Getting enough restful sleep is essential for maintaining overall good health. When you don’t get enough quality sleep, your immune system becomes compromised.
During sleep, your body produces a type of protein called cytokines and they help to fight infection and inflammation. With less sleep, you don’t have sufficient cytokines to fight off infections and you become more vulnerable to the germs that cause illness. Taking Isagenix Brain Boost and Sleep Support System can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested.
Exercise regularly, even if it is cold out. Physical activity may help to flush bacteria from your system, boost production of white blood cells that help to fight infection, and may even lower stress levels. Walking, bicycling, light jogging, and strength training are all good choices for exercising in the fall.
Adaptogens are found in certain plants and may be able to help boost the immune system. Adaptogens don’t necessarily have a specific action on the body, instead, they may support the bodies systems to function properly. Some studies have found that ingesting adaptogens can help support and balance the endocrine system as well as the adrenals which help fight inflammation and stimulate the immune system.
Ginseng is a very popular and effective adaptogen and many edible mushrooms have adaptogen properties. Isagenix Ionic Supreme is a powerful drink that you can take daily that has adaptogens to help support your immune system.
Certain edible mushrooms are also a great source of adaptogens. Reishi, Shitake, Cordyceps, and others, contain a substance called beta-glucans that may help to stimulate your immune system.
Fermented foods, such as Kombucha and sauerkraut have probiotics that help with gut health and may be important in supporting the adrenal glands. When your adrenal glands are compromised, and stress levels rise, your immune system may become compromised.
Get Enough Zinc and Antioxidants
Zinc is a mineral that has has been shown to reduce the duration of colds. While you can get zinc from eating certain foods, such as shellfish, legumes, nuts, seeds, and eggs, taking a zinc supplement such as Isagenix IsaImune with Zinc con often deliver results quickly and conveniently. IsaImune also contains blueberry and bilberry extract which contain antioxidants that help to fight off free radicals.
Other Isagenix Products
When it becomes difficult to find fresh greens and fruits, turn to Isagenix. Their IsaGreens contain over 30 vegetables, herbs and superfoods, as well as minerals, vitamins, and probiotics. Isagenix Fruits is a tasty supplement that features over 30 fruits that have been cold-pressed to preserve the nutrients that you need to keep your immune system strong and healthy.
Isagenix IsaLean Shakes are a fabulous meal replacement drink. IsaLeanShakes are chock full of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats for a healthy meal replacement drink. The added minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics are in perfect balance to give you a healthy meal.
By following these tips of exercising, hydrating, getting enough sleep and eating well, your immune system should be stronger. With a strong immune system, you have a better chance of fighting off colds and the flu this season.