As we welcome the arrival of cold and flu season, it's time to support your body's first line of defense—your immune system. Doing so will not only allow you to enjoy the upcoming holiday season with friends and family but also ensure your continued well-being.
In this blog, we'll explore some top tips to support immune health throughout this season.
Top Three Ways to Support a Healthy Immune System
The importance of maintaining a robust immune system extends beyond avoiding seasonal sniffles; it directly impacts overall wellness.
From staying hydrated and embracing a sleep routine to adopting a healthy diet and considering key supplements, we'll guide you on a path to enduring health and vitality.
1. Stay Hydrated
Water is essential for transporting nutrients throughout the body, including those that support immune function.
Staying hydrated also helps flush toxins from the body, which could increase your risk for infection, and helps you regulate body temperature, which is critical for the healthy functioning of your immune cells.
2. Stabilize Your Sleep Routine
Getting enough sleep helps support your immune function by allowing your body time to rest and repair. Similarly, if you don't get enough sleep, it can have a negative effect on your immune response. Set a goal of getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
To establish a healthy sleep routine, try going to bed and waking up at the same time, avoid your phone or bright screens, and try reading or writing in a journal to clear your mind before bed.
3. Healthy Diet
One of the fundamental pillars of immune health is undoubtedly a nutritious and well-balanced diet. The food we consume provides the essential building blocks and fuel that our immune system needs to function properly.
- Avoid processed foods and high sugar intake: These foods contribute to inflammation and can weaken your immune function.
- Get adequate protein: Consuming high-quality protein containing all of the essential amino acids is important for tissue repair and immune health.1*
- Consider supplementing your vitamins and minerals: Research suggests that vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and zinc play a role in healthy immune system function.2 It can be difficult to track vitamin intake from foods, so consult with your healthcare provider to discuss adding a high-quality multivitamin to your daily regimen.*
- Maintain a healthy gut: Fiber-rich foods and foods with natural probiotics like yogurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables can help support a healthy gut microbiome, which plays a key role in immune function.
Don't forget to schedule and attend your regular medical check-ups, and may you enjoy a healthy and joyful autumn season!
1. Kelly B et al. Cell Metab. 2020;32(2):154-175.
2. Shakoor H et al. Maturitas. 2021;143:1–9.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
This blog is for information and education purposes only. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your bariatric surgeon or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions in regards to a medical condition. A qualified healthcare professional can best assist you in deciding whether a dietary supplement is suitable based on your individual needs.