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Monday, February 20, 2017

Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System

We all can benefit from some immune-boosting tips, especially since flu season is near its peak. And, given that substance abuse wreaks havoc on your immune system, people in recovery may want to go the extra mile to keep their bodies going strong. But beyond getting the flu shot, what can you do to fend off illness? 

Here are some everyday ways to boost your immune system this season and beyond.

  • Eat a rainbow of colors. The brighter the colors, the more antioxidants, which are powerful friends to your immune system. Find new ways to get fresh fruits and veggies into you diet — for example, sprinkle berries on your oatmeal, add fresh spinach to a sandwich or snack on some bell peppers with hummus. And skip the processed stuff — foods high in polyunsaturated fats tend to suppress the immune system.
  • Let some fresh air in. Crack your windows in the rooms where you spend the most time. This will help circulate the air and get the germs out. 
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Sleep deprivation is linked to poor immune function, so do your best to practice smart sleep habits. For instance, try to maintain a constant wake and sleep schedule, even on weekends. 
  • Take care of your smile. Good oral hygiene means brushing and flossing each morning and night and going for regular check-ups at your dentist. This will help prevent any infections in the gums and teeth, which can increase inflammation levels in your body and weaken immunity.
  • Make relaxation a ritual. Making deep breathing, meditation, yoga or tai chi part of your every day can keep your immune system strong by lowering inflammation-causing stress hormones.
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