Learn to Love Water
Drinking at least sixty-four ounces of filtered water every day is a great way to keep the immune system up and running. Water keeps toxins flushed out, as well as helping your body maintain its regular functions.
If you are developing cold symptoms, drink a glass of water every hour for six to eight hours and your recovery time could be cut in half, according to some statistics!
*For every ten pounds over your ideal body weight, add an extra eight ounces of water.
Take a Walk
Walk, walk, walk. Getting plenty of exercise on a daily basis is a sure fire way to keep your immune system up to speed.
Most experts recommend thirty minutes of fast-paced walking at least three times per week.
Sweating is your body’s way of cooling the body down, but it also releases harmful toxins from your system.
Vitamin C, Baby . . . a.k.a Ascorbic Acid
Vitamin C is the most recommended vitamin to boost immunity. It is also listed as ascorbic acid, which is its chemical name, on many nutrition labels.
At the onset of a cold, many doctors recommend taking 3,000 mg of Vitamin C. Then, reduced to daily dosage.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, meaning excess amounts will be filtered out by the kidneys.
Always consult your doctor when unsure about dosages, even with Vitamins and herbs.
Stop the Stress
Reducing daily stress is one of the top ways to boost immunity.
How do you reduce stress?
- Walk, jog, or run daily
- Laugh (real or fake laughter works the same)
- Take four to five deep breaths throughout the day (inhale through nose, exhale through the mouth)
- Take a time out: take at least twenty minutes out of your work day to pray, meditate, or just be still.