Managing Your Stress
Chronic daily stress can wreak havoc on your immune system. Be sure to give your internal defense system the best chance to protect you by promoting calmness on a daily basis. Whenever you feel anxious, simply change your focus to watch the flow of your breath in and out. Take daily walks, preferably in natural settings. Finally, spend a week getting eight full hours of sleep each night. At the end of a week characterized by doing all of these, see how much better you feel.
Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
We've all heard it's important to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily, but what's the specific benefit? Perhaps the biggest is supporting immune health. The phytochemicals and antioxidants in fresh produce help to fuel the immune system, and eating fruits and vegetables in place of processed carbohydrates and refined foods will reduce stress on the body, a double victory for your white blood cells.
Make Immunity Soup
In the middle of winter, warm your heart and soul - and boost your immune system - with a nourishing soup featuring three garlic cloves, one tablespoon of minced fresh ginger, four ounces of shiitake mushrooms and two cups of broccoli florets. Simmer these four ingredients in a simple base of six cups water and two tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce – dress it up with more vegetables if you wish.
Bring calm and peace to body and mind - and improve immune function - by practicing regular meditation. This ancient art comes in a variety of forms; experiment to find the one that works best for you. There are numerous resources to get you started. Do an Internet search for meditation systems or guided meditation scripts. Your immune system will love you for it.