5 Ways to Supercharge your Immune System

While spring is on the horizon and we’ll soon say goodbye to the usual seasonal illnesses such as the cold and flu, this past year has made us more aware of the importance of a healthy immune system. Regardless of the warming temperatures, this is definitely no time to neglect your immune system.

But where should you even begin?

We’ve got you covered with five natural ways to supercharge your immune system and keep your body healthy this spring!

1. Incorporate Probiotic Foods into your Diet

Nearly 70% of your immune system is located in the gut, so it should come as no surprise that improving your overall gut health will give your immune system the boost it needs. Luckily, this can easily be done by incorporating probiotic foods into your diet.

Probiotics, the healthy microorganisms that help maintain the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut, are found in fermented foods. Yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha are just some examples of fermented foods that can be added to your meals.

If fermented foods aren’t for you, no problem - there are many different options for probiotic dietary supplements as well.

2. Try and Immune-Boosting Smoothie

We all know about the benefits of eating a healthy diet containing nutrient-dense foods, but what about those of us who don’t enjoy munching on our fruits and veggies?

There’s an easy and delicious solution!

Try an immune-boosting smoothie and reap the same benefits. Smoothies are a great way to sneak a variety of nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and iron, into your diet. These nutrients are crucial in the overall growth and function of the body’s immune system.

Smoothies also have the added benefit of being easily prepared ahead of time. Just chop your desired fruits and vegetables, then put individual portions into small freezer bags. When you are ready for that immune boost, just grab the prepped smoothie pack, add a liquid of choice, and blend until smooth.

Aim for recipes like this Sweet Green Smoothie or these 12 Healthy Smoothies that contain leafy greens (vitamin C and iron), citrus fruits (vitamin C), or milk and yogurt (vitamin D and zinc) to get the much-needed nutrient boost that your immune system desires.

3. Meditate

Research shows that stress negatively affects the body’s immune system processes, resulting in a weakened immune system. To combat the impact that stress has on our bodies, learning proper techniques for stress management is crucial.

Meditation, one of the more common methods of managing stress levels, is the practice of focusing your thoughts and attention on the present. By doing so, you are drowning out the everyday stressors in your life. The result? A clearer and less stressed mind.

But where to begin?

Guided meditations, such as those found on YouTube and Headspace, are a simple way to dive right in without previous experience. A 5-10 minute session can have you on the path to a less stressed mind and more robust immune system in no time!

4. Walk your way to a Supercharged Immune System

According to a 2019 review in the Journal of Sport and Health Science, a moderate exercise routine has been shown to have many benefits associated with the immune system. Exercise not only reduces stress levels but also results in an increase of immune cells for up to 3 hours post-workout. These immune cells circulate the body and destroy threats, such as viruses and bacteria.

Cycling, kickboxing, or even a brisk walk are wonderful ways to enjoy activity. Aim for 30-60 minutes at least three times per week, and you’ll reap the benefits of a stronger immune system.

5. Incorporate CBD into your Routine

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the organic plant compound found in the hemp plant that works with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system’s primary purpose is to maintain the body’s internal stability and therefore plays a role in many bodily processes such as immune system responses, sleep, and stress.

According to this 2018 study of CBD users, two of the primary uses for CBD are anxiety and sleep disorders, both of which negatively affect the body’s immune response.

If getting restful sleep is a frequent struggle, try our Melatonin CBD Oil Softgels. Each softgel capsule combines the benefits of 25mg CBD and 1mg melatonin to promote relaxation and a healthy sleep cycle.

If you’re looking to relieve stress and anxiety, try our NEW USDA Certified Organic Full Spectrum CBD Oil (.3% THC) or our CBD Bath Bombs.

For a double dose of calm and relaxation, meditate while soaking in one of our CBD Bath Bombs at the end of a long day. This immune-boosting combination will help you restore peace and promote a restful night’s sleep.

Still not sure which products are right for you? No problem!

We offer complimentary virtual and in-store CBD consultations, where we will walk you through questions you may have about products and dosing. Our mission is to ensure that we provide you with educated information so you feel confident you have chosen the right product.

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