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It’s that time year again when cold and flu can take over an immune system. Unfortunately, most of us take our immune system for granted until we become aware of its function when it starts to fail in its ability to provide protection.

The immune system is very important for optimal health, protecting from foreign invaders you are constantly exposed to, such as: viruses, the common cold, bacteria and other toxins.  Following are three ways to boost and optimize your immune system, protecting you from these attacks.

1. Evaluate your lifestyle.

85% of chronic illness and disease comes from an unhealthy lifestyle. A lifestyle full of metabolic waste (processed foods, excessive caffeine, alcohol) will bog down digestive functions as well as other organs like the liver and kidneys. This prevents you from properly eliminating waste. Never forget that the immune system becomes overloaded in the face of an unhealthy lifestyle.

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Instead, boost your immune system with a nutritional plan that is rich in fresh and raw fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables are full in vitamins, antioxidants and other micro nutrients that aid in healing and keeping the body well. Lean proteins and good fats such as avocado, coconut oil and olive oil also help boost your immune system.

2. Maintain regular exercise.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is also a detoxifying organ, similar to a third kidney. When adding activity that increases the amount of daily sweat, you increase your detoxifying capacity. Simply going for a brisk walk can increase the amount of toxic waste that your body eliminates.

Through the process of sweating, elimination increases and it eases up the immune system. Exercise also improves digestion, increases endurance by strengthening the heart and circulatory system,  increases energy, and helps burn fat and retain lean muscle mass.

3. Get plenty of rest, sleep and relaxation.

The quality of sleep is very important for physical recovery and a healthy immune system. To maximize healing, it is important to manage staying away from a hyper-vigilant lifestyle. Being chronically stressed can dampen or weaken the immune system.

In our busy lives, the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight component of the autonomic nervous system) usually rages out of control, breaking the system down and weakening immunity. Scheduling time into your lifestyle for a 5 to 10 minute daily meditation, a personal or family vacation, or a walk in the woods to enjoy mother nature are all ideas on how to put relaxation back into your lifestyle.

When we relax, the parasympathetic nervous system (the restoration and relaxation component of the autonomic nervous system) has a chance to become balanced.

One Final Tip

You can’t use supplements to fix a poor lifestyle! Start with cleaning up your lifestyle first. Once you’ve taken a good look at that, move into nutritional supplementation next.