These Simple Habits Can Help Boost Your Immune System Before Flu Season

These Simple Habits Can Help Boost Your Immune System Before Flu Season

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With the change of seasons we can expect more sweaters, lots of pumpkin spice lattes and gorgeous, crisp days for apple picking. Unfortunately, it’s also the start of cold and flu season which means we need to take extra care in preparing our bodies for the fight! See below for a few ways you can boost your immune system before flu season hits. 

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is one of those silly common sense things that everyone knows and rarely follows. We know you'd rather stay awake binge watching Netflix than dedicate the recommended 8 hours of rest each night, but ask yourself this: If you don’t allow your body time to recover, how can you expect to continue operating at full speed?

We recommend setting a bedtime alarm and finding a way to wind down each evening, whether that be with a cup of warm golden milk, a good book, a little journaling, or even that 5 minutes of meditation. Just establish a little ritual that tells your body it’s time to hit the hay.

Manage Stress Levels

Let’s be real, stress is inevitable and unavoidable. It’s how you prepare for and react to stress that makes all the difference, especially since our minds and bodies are very connected. We find all kinds of stress relief through daily exercise, yoga and meditation. On days when you’re lacking time, we recommend  pausing for 5 to 10 minutes at a time throughout the day to take deep, slow breaths. This type of breath work can be just what your body needs to calm down and refocus.

Read More: 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid During Meditation

Fuel Your Body

It’s important to feed your body nourishing food all year round, and this is especially true when the seasons change. We are big fans of matcha, taking daily Vitamins C and D, eating lots of seasonal veggies + dark leafy greens, and spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.

Staying hydrated with old fashioned H20 is also extremely crucial to keep your body’s immune system in tip top shape!

Detox and Cleanse

On top of maintaining regular hygiene practices, we also like to carry cleansing shower sheets in our bags that serve two roles — wiping away sweat post workout and cleaning our hands after touching various workout equipment.

We’re also a big fan of taking detox baths with essential oils and epsom salts (and sometimes sliced oranges or organic flowers). Epsom salts are an amazing way to remove harmful toxins from your body. Not to mention they’re a great way to de-stress and relax sore muscles after all your workouts.

A smoothie cleanse is a great way to reset and reenergize for the season, as well. It will fuel up your body with nutrients, and help flush out toxins from your insides.

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