Hand washing, masks, and social distancing are effective methods of protection against COVID-19 and other illnesses. However, it seems we’ve forgotten about our bodies’ natural defenses and abilities to fight off infections, diseases, and viruses. While immune systems do fail sometimes, there are several ways to strengthen them to give our bodies the best chance at fighting against illnesses.

Here are five simple practices to naturally boost your immune system:

1. Sleep well

There’s a reason we feel more tired when we are sick—the body is working extra hard to fight off the illness. Resting your mind and body provides your cells with the energy they need to keep fighting.

If your goal is to prevent sickness, sleeping for at least eight hours a night is ideal. This can be a challenge for many, but the key is to create a nightly routine that prepares your mind and body for sleep. A good bedtime routine consists of:

  • Limiting screen time at least an hour before bed
  • Have a light snack or calming tea
  • Take a warm bath or shower
  • Do yoga or stretching
  • Read a book

Additionally, make sure your room is at a comfortable temperature, has minimal light, and clutter-free.

2. Eat whole foods

Unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and legumes provide necessary nutrients and antioxidants to keep our bodies healthy and strong.

Anti-inflammatory whole foods reduce chronic inflammation that can lead to various health conditions.

Fibrous plant foods improve immunity by balancing the gut microbiome and keeping harmful bacteria from entering the digestive tract.

3. Exercise

Light exercise is extremely beneficial for the immune system. This includes walking, jogging, light hiking, strength training, and swimming. These exercises boost the immune system by:

  • Increasing blood flow
  • Relieving stress
  • Draining the lymphatic system
  • Reducing inflammation

Talk to a doctor about which type of exercise might be most beneficial for your overall health and wellness.

4. Reduce stress

This is much easier said than done—we know—but managing stress levels is a major game-changer when it comes to maintaining a strong immune system. Chronic stress imbalances immune system function and can suppress the immune response in children.

Here are some practical tips to reduce stress:

  • Journaling
  • Yoga
  • Find a calming hobby
  • Regular exercise
  • Limit caffeine

Be sure to take 30 minutes a day (at least) to do something you enjoy.

5. IV infusion therapy

Have you noticed IV drip bars popping up lately? It isn’t just a trend—it really works! IV infusion therapy helps patients with all types of health and wellness needs, including those who want to boost their immune systems.

IV infusion therapy offers incredible support to the immune system—even better than vitamins and other oral supplements. IVs deliver vitamins, amino acids, hydration, and essential nutrients directly to the veins, bypassing the digestive system. This way, the body absorbs 100% of the nutrients, rather than only 20% of oral vitamins and supplements.

At an IV drip lounge, patients have the choice of several infusions, including an immune booster. These infusions hydrate and detoxify the body and strengthen the lymphatic system. In addition, vitamin C immune boosters also increase bone health, boost energy, improve skin, and offer adrenal support.

Interested in experiencing the benefits of IV infusion therapy? Our team at The BioMed Center New England would love to have you! Contact Vitality IV today at 1-401-443-4007 to schedule your first visit.