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With the winter season in full swing, many of us may be seeking ways to boost our immunity. Or, you may be simply looking to start the new year with a fresh start and a cleanse.
Our immune system's ability to fight off disease directly correlates with our lifestyle and habits. It is a result of our health history, diet, as well as mental state. Our immune system is constantly working to either prevent or fight illness—when a threat is detected, various cells work together to conquer the invader. However, our immune system's ability to fight depends on many factors within our lifestyle.
Since our immune systems rely on a variety of factors, here are the different ways in which you can help support it and thrive!
Our diet plays a huge role in the strength of our immune system; these (super) foods in particular have properties that will do wonders for your body.
amounts of vitamins and minerals, as well as antibacterial and antiviral qualities. Containing high levels of vitamin C (which is the best fighter vitamin!). Lemons are definitely one of the most powerful ways to aid in your health. Add some into your next cup of tea!
Garlic is known to be the go-to fix for many conditions, as well as being one of the top ways to strengthen your immune system.
Garlic contains a compound called alliin, which turns into allicin when crushed. This compound has been shown to boost the response of some types of white blood cells in the body, which helps with seasonal cold and flu.
Studies have shown that garlic may reduce the risk of becoming sick in the first place, as well as shorten how long you are sick and severity of symptoms.
Raw honey is full of antioxidants! Antioxidants help protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. It also naturally creates small amounts hydrogen peroxide, which is an antiseptic.
Of course, we all know eating our greens is important. Green veggies—specifically the dark greens, are full of vitamins C, K, and folate, which are all great immune system boosters.
Regularly drinking tea is another great way (and one of the easiest ways) to boost our immune systems. Full of natural antioxidants and immunity boosters, as well as, anti-inflammatory properties.
Did you know green tea is packed with antioxidants such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)? EGCGs are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage.
Green tea is also a great source of the amino acid L-theanine, which aids in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T cells.
Our Golden Turmeric, Ginger Glow, Puritea and Be Well blends are specifically targeted at strengthening your immune system. They all contain natural ingredients that have proven health benefits. Tea paired with a healthy diet and physical activity will help maximize your natural immunity and overall well-being.
Not only must we prioritize our physical health if we want to maintain a healthy immune system, but we must also focus on our mental health. Our mental state can affect our immunity, since stress is scientifically proven to weaken our immune system and cause health issues to arise. When we are stressed, our body's ability to fight off antigens is reduced, which increases our chances of getting sick.
Getting adequate sleep is essential to maintaining a strong immune system. Creating a bedtime ritual can help steer you away from negative habits such as staying up late or prolonged screen time before bed. It may be as simple as setting a "wind-down" reminder on your phone and turning do not disturb on. Using essential oils is another soothing method that pairs perfectly with a cup of tea! Speaking of sleep... our Sleep Well blend was made to help you relax and get the most out of your sleep.
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