The immune system is your body’s natural defense against pathogens, viruses, and bacteria, so it’s important that you keep it functioning at its best. Immune function is based on many different lifestyle factors including age, sex, genetics, and stress levels. The good news is that there are proven ways to improve your immune system and keep yourself protected at all times.
Get Out and Exercise!
Exercise is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. So, it should come as no surprise that regular, moderate exercise would improve immune function. The data says it all –– there is a clear inverse relationship between moderate exercise training and illness risk.
How much exercise do you need? Experts suggest that people should aim for a goal of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. This includes activities like running, cycling, hiking, and walking.
Prioritize Your Sleep (Quality and Quantity).
We spend a third of our lives in bed, yet so many people neglect the importance of high-quality sleep. Getting into a regular sleep routine will work wonders for your overall health and quality of life. But it also keeps your immune system optimized to perform.
Studies have shown that people who don’t get enough sleep are more prone to illnesses, viruses, and disease throughout their lives.
A couple of ways to improve your sleep quality are:
Go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day. This helps to align your body with your natural circadian rhythm. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Less than seven hours has shown to have a detrimental effect on immune function, energy, and memory.
If you struggle with falling asleep –– or maintaining a restful sleep through the night –– our Chill Out blend is the perfect way to wind down and the end of the day and get your body primed for relaxation. It contains powerful ingredients like Reishi, Chamomile Extract, and Valerian root which have all been proven to relieve stress, promote relaxation, and improve sleep quality.
We’re made of 60% water, so it’s no surprise that adequate water intake is necessary to keep the body functioning optimally. Among the many functions of water in the body is carrying oxygen to the cells in the body, which keeps everything operating at its best.
Water also works to flush toxins out of the body. You use water to wash your hands and shower every day, but we don’t often think of the internal cleansing that’s happening when you drink enough. Drinking enough water keeps bacteria and toxins from building up in your body.
So, how much water should you drink? According to The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, adult men should drink 3.7 liters per day and adult women should drink 2.7 liters per day.
Add Functional Mushrooms to Your Routine.
If there’s one thing functional mushrooms are great at, it’s boosting immune function. Here are a couple of powerful options to ramp up your immune function and keep yourself protected:
Known as the Queen of Mushrooms or Mushroom of Immortality, Reishi is a powerful adaptogen with a rich antioxidant profile to enhance immune function. It’s renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to stimulate white blood cell production, which are the foot soldiers of your immune system.
Turkey Tail has a long, valued history and is one of the most researched functional mushrooms for its immune-boosting properties, anti-cancer potential, and support for a healthy gut microbiome. It contains an abundance of antioxidants, phenols, and polysaccharide peptide –– all of which contribute to a healthy, strong immune system.