THE iKOR BLOG
5 SIMPLE WAYS TO KEEP UP YOUR IMMUNITY
By Jayme Mechur
March 13, 2020
We want to stress that this is not an exhaustive list, but a few ways that we know will help keep you on the straight and narrow. Health is a lifelong journey, we are here to support yours.
1. BOOST YOUR DIET
Double down on immunity boosting foods. We all know this, but citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli, blueberries, sweet potatoes, eggs, garlic and ginger are all super fighters. Focus on foods that contain Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B and Zinc. (Also, dark chocolate is always a winner.)
2. GIVE LOVE TO YOUR GUT
Did you know that almost 70% of the immune system is based in the gut? Boosting the good bacteria in your body is like a secret weapon that makes for a stronger ability to fight back.
• Fermented foods
• Apple Cider Vinegar
Any and or all of these options would make a great addition to your daily routine.
3. STAY HYDRATED
Drink water. All the water. At its core, water helps dissolve nutrients so they are easier for the body to absorb. Additionally, staying hydrated will help you eliminate toxins and other bacteria that could build up in the body. Make a chart, keep track, rewards yourself for hitting goals. Water does a body good.
4. KEEP IT MOVING
Exercise keeps the body strong, inside and out. You don’t have to hit up the Crossfit gym every day, moderate exercise boosts cardiovascular health and encourages production of new blood cells that activate the immune system. Go for walks, try yoga, take the stairs. Do what you can to get the blood pumping and help your body strengthen itself from the inside. Bonus: exercise is also a brain booster, so get sweating.
This could not be more important. It may seem like a luxury these days, but quality sleep keeps us strong and boosts our body’s ability to fight off bugs. Additionally, lack of sleep can lead to heightened stress hormones and more internal inflammation. 7-9 hours is still recommended. Don’t be a hero, get the Z’s you need!
Disclaimer: Supplements are great tools to help aid in decreasing daily stress and anxiety. It’s important to stay active and get outside when possible as it helps release endorphins. Many of the things listed above are great tools to incorporate into your daily routine. Human connections are also key. Should you not be able to hang out with friends during these times, reach out, call, video chat, etc. We’re all in this together and helping motivate each other is a great way to keep moving forward.