Immune System Booster
As we transition seasons viruses are running rampant trying to survive through the temperature changes by infecting as many people as they can. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) North America is seeing a pretty large rise in the seasonal cold virus during this time of year and millions are missing at least 2-3 days of work at any one time.
You should probably be asking why this time of year is especially bad? Is it just the weather or is there another link?
Well without a doubt this time of year the weather is usually rainy and stormy in most parts of North America and when most people are indoors viruses have the greatest ability to spread. But is there more to this puzzle?
Well for the most part during these months there is a culmination of stress factors from work, school, and social relationships…and with stress our immune system is seriously compromised.
With this in mind we want to boost our immune system as much as we can so what measures should we take?
The Ultimate Immune System Booster
Let’s put together an ultimate immune system booster package to make sure our bodies can fight the seriously negative side effects of infections from viruses and bacteria.
Obviously sleep plays a major role in our ability to recover from the days stress, so we must do whatever we can to have a good nights sleep reaching the 8 hour mark. The less sleep we have the less time we give our system to flush out the toxins and regenerate damaged cells.
If you find you are having trouble sleeping the most natural supplements to help without causing addiction include Melatonin and GABA. Numerous double blind studies have found that both Melatonin and GABA extract help people fall asleep quicker, reduce the number of awakenings during the night and improve the overall quality of sleep. Two of the most trusted brands include Muscle Pharm Bullet Proof and Shut-Eye.
What about fruits like oranges and berries? You bet, citrus fruits and berries are high in the antioxidant Vitamin C which help prevent our cells from being damaged by bacteria, viruses and environmental toxins. A great start to your day is to include a fruit smoothie protein drink which will give your immune system a boost for the rest of the day. I like to add some vanilla whey protein, a couple tablespoons vanilla yogurt, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup water, some ice cubes and frozen berries. Yum! (I use Optimum 100% Natural Whey because it mixes really well and tastes great).
Boost some more? You can take your fruit smoothie shake and add a little of the amino acid L-Glutamine. Glutamine is an amino acid that is in high demand by our bodies because it used by our muscles to recover and also extensively by our immune system to maintain optimal performance. Again one of the most respected brands is Optimum Glutamine.
Immune System Booster Conclusion
With exercise, work and other dynamics our immune system is easily compromised during many parts of the year, and if you are finding yourself dragging your butt a lot then you know that you need a immune system boost. Follow the tips above – sleep, fruits and antioxidants, plus glutamine and you are going to do your best at preventing or quickly fighting off a cold.
Have any questions or other ideas on how you to boost your immune system? Please leave a comment below…