Boost Your Immune System in 3 Days
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There are few things as important as your immune health. Our immune system is what allows our body to combat disease and infections so that we can maintain a normal or good state of health. If you have a low immune system, you are more likely to be prone to ill health, fatigue and infections. If this is you, do not fear, there are so many wonderful ways that you can support your immune system naturally so that long lasting, sustainable health can be achieved.
In this blog we guide you through a simple 3 day process to help give your immune system a boost. We recommend integrating these positive habits into your lifestyle going forward so that you can maintain your immune health long term.
Day 1 – Up Your C’s
Vitamin C is one of the most effective ways of boosting your immune system. Vitamin C is in fact an essential nutrient for over all bodily functions as it makes up the fundamental building blocks of all growth and repairs.
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid which is essential for most basic bodily functions such as absorption, immune function, wound healing, bone and teeth health as well as blood vessel maintenance. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and so helps the body release toxins from the body while also being a vital component in the production of collagen, which make up our muscles and connective tissues.
Low levels of vitamin C can lead to a cascade of health issues. Severe lack of vitamin C can cause scurvy which includes symptoms such as swelling, loose teeth, bleeding gums, tiredness and anemia. And no, not only pirates get scurvy, everyday people can get it too!
It is wonderful to know that Vitamin C is found in a variety of delicious foods. You can find vitamin C in:
- Citrus foods such as oranges, lemons and naartjies
- Bell peppers
- Orange juice
- Red Cabbage
- Kiwi fruit
- Tomato juice
Just to name a few.
It is recommended to get a daily 75 mg of vitamin C in your diet but not to exceed 2000mg per day. Aim to incorporate at least one or two of the above in your daily diet to ensure that your daily requirement is met.
You can also up your C’s by taking Avalife
You can also up your C’s by taking Avalife VITA-C
Day 2 – Water, water and more water
Your body is made of approximately 60% water, while the brain is approximately 73% water. Thinking of your body as a water system helps a lot to understand just how important water is for our health and essential bodily functions.
Our bodies cannot function without water. Water plays a vital role in every single function that takes place in our bodies. The fact that a person can only live 3 days without water is a clear indication as to how essential water is for our survival.
Here are a few vital benefits of drinking water:
- Facilitates the entire digestive process
- It brings essential nutrients to the cells of the body
- It flushes out toxins from the body
- Stabilises blood pressure
- Supports all neuro-functions
- Protects the joints, organs and bones
- Hydrates the skin
- Regulates body temperature
On average, women should drink 2.7 liters per day while men should drink 3.7 liters per day to stay well hydrated. If you are engaging in a lot of exercise, are sick or live in a warm environment, this should be increased.
The best way to make sure that you are getting your daily amount is to alway carry a 1 liter water bottle with you and sip it throughout the day. You can then keep track of your intake by ensuring you refill the bottle at least 2-3 times a day. Drinking this amount of water can also greatly assist with weight loss because it helps give the body a sense of nourishment and feeling full.
Day 3 – Move your body
When it comes to understanding health, it helps to think of your body as a machine. In order for the machine to work, it needs energy input to get all the necessary parts moving and if the machine doesn’t move for a while, the parts begin to become rusted and harder to move as time goes by. It is exactly the same with your body: ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’.
Any form of movement you can do, is a gift to your body. It helps to improve circulation, stimulate your nervous system, increase heart rate, detoxifies the body, keeps the joints healthy and active, helps move lymph fluid and increases the oxygen levels in the body. It is incredible the numerous benefits of a simple walk or dance around the room.
Exercise is a very personal thing and while some people may love going to the gym, others prefer swimming, walking, cycling, dancing, tennis or kick-boxing. The easiest way to stay consistent with your exercise or movement routine is to find a form of movement that you love.
It is recommended to do 30 minutes of focused exercise or movement a day but find what works best for you. If you can’t do 30 minutes straight, do two sets of 15 minutes or 1 hour three to four times a week. Joining a group or doing movement with a friend or partner is a great way to keep you consistent and motivated.
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Medical News Today | Vitamin C: Why is it Important. | Medically reviewed by Alan Carter, Pharm.D. — Written by Joseph Nordqvist — Updated on January 4, 2021 | https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219352
USGS | The Water in You: Water and the Human Body | By Water Science School May 22, 2019 | https://www.usgs.gov/special-topics/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-human-body#overview
Harvard Health Publishing | How much water should I drink? | By Harvard Medical School | March 25, 2020 | https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-water-should-you-drink