The immune system is a complex network of cells, organs, and structures that defend the body against bacteria, disease, and infection. It can also help our bodies defend and fight off toxins. Although our immune systems are naturally well equipped to defend and protect our bodies all on their own, there are a few things we can do every day to help strengthen and support our immune health.
Make immune system health a central part of your daily routine with these seven simple tips to help strengthen and support the immune system all year long.
1) Add CYTO+ to Your Wellness Routine
You may be wondering, “What is CYTO+?”. CYTO+™ is a patented technology that creates a shield inside our cells that defends against incoming toxins by working with and bolstering our primary chemical processing engine, P450.
Translation? What’s a P450?
Our CYTO+ technology helps the body’s key chemical defense system, the P450 enzyme system, to target and eliminate toxins in the body. (How cool is that?) The P450 system protects us from a wide variety of “attacks” by enabling the body to naturally identify and discharge everyday toxins, in particular, those that have evaded the body’s natural defenses and taken up residence in our cells.
Not only does our CYTO+ prevent toxins from wreaking havoc on our bodies, but it also offers the most effective blend of ingredients to help protect our cells from toxins. The patented technology behind CYTO+ helps to regulate glucose in our cells and creates the ultimate defense system for the body.
By having CYTO+ in our cells, we are essentially addressing the root problem of toxicity in our bodies as opposed to the symptoms that come from them. Think about it: Why find a temporary solution with an immune-boosting supplement when you can drink hellowater® Defense Powered by CYTO+ and address the root cause of an illness instead of solely the symptoms alone? It’s a no-brainer! Our crafted blend of electrolytes, vitamins, and beneficial botanicals provide everyday support for our immune systems. Plus, it tastes delicious!
CYTO+ protects your cells for up to 48 hours but we recommend healthy active people drink one bottle of defense per day to build and maintain the ultimate defense system in their bodies. However, if you are more exposed to toxins, our team recommends drinking two bottles of defense per day to decrease toxin absorption.
Tip: Enjoying a night of cocktails? We recommend enjoying one bottle of defense before a night out. You will feel a huge difference in the morning! (You’re welcome.)
2) Eat Nutrient Dense Food
Eating nutrient-dense foods and superfoods for the immune system is another wonderful way to support overall immune health. Focus on foods like fermented foods, fibrous foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables as well as foods that are naturally high in Vitamin C. Fermented foods that contain probiotics can impact a person’s overall health, while prebiotic foods, like bananas and oats, can help strengthen the immune system.
3) Fill Up with Fiber
Over 70% of the immune system lies within the gut, which is why gut health is an important factor to consider when supporting our immune system. An easy way to improve gut health, and potentially immune health, is by drinking and eating more sources of fiber.
Dietary fiber is the part of plant-based food that mostly passes through our digestive system without breaking down or being digested. The USDA recommends daily fiber amounts for adults up to age 50 at 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men, while women and men older than 50 should have 21 and 30 daily grams respectively. Unfortunately, the average American only consumes about 10-15 grams of total fiber per day.
Incorporating more fiber-rich beverages and foods into our daily diets and regular routines is a delicious way to support gut health and immune health.
4) Focus on Gut Health
Since 70% of the immune system lies within the gut, gut health is an important factor to consider when supporting our immune system. One of the best ways to support gut health, and thereby strengthening the immune system, is by focusing on digestion. This means mindfully eating by slowly chewing food with each bite and reducing sugar consumption.
Water helps keep our bodies well hydrated, which in turn allows our body’s cells and systems to run optimally and smoothly. Hydration is also key to maintaining a healthy body composition, which is why it’s important to sip water throughout the day. Get an extra immune boost by adding fruits that are naturally high in vitamin C and have a high water content to your daily diet. Think of fruits like kiwi, orange, berries and watermelon.
You can also stay hydrated and cool off with a batch of homemade popsicles made from your favorite flavors of hellowater® combined with fresh fruit slices. Not only is hydration important, but it is also important to focus on supplying the body with enough electrolytes.
Electrolytes are essential for our cells and organs to function properly. They balance the amount of water in our bodies and control our pH levels. To make sure we are receiving an adequate amount of daily electrolytes, focus on foods that are naturally high in electrolytes. Foods like bananas, coconut water, and dark leafy greens are all great options as are tomatoes and yogurt.
6) Reduce Stress
Our immune systems are always hard at work defending our cells from foreign invaders, which is why it is important to help our bodies by reducing stress as much as possible. Whether it’s immersing yourself in the community with family and friends, walking in Mother Nature, or simply relaxing after a long day with a bath, downshifting is an important lifestyle factor to help protect our immune health.
Sleep is incredibly important to proper health, including immune health. Try to clock 6-8 hours of quality sleep every night. If catching some quality zzzs is challenging, consider adopting a nighttime routine. Create a nightly tea time, curl up with a good book, or try some light stretching or meditating. Remember to turn off all electronic devices.
Give your immune system a boost with these seven tips and keep your immune health a central part of your daily health and wellness routine all year long.