4 Ways to Improve Your Immunity in the New Year
Now that the new year is almost upon us, one of the best things you can give to yourself is the gift of good health. With the pandemic still raging on, you need to strengthen your body and boost your immunity to diseases now more than ever. The best way to boost your immune system includes following these tips:
As most people stay indoors during the winter season, the lack of sun exposure could lead to vitamin D insufficiency. This vitamin is important because it produces the microbial proteins that fight viruses and bacteria.
Aside from vitamin D, you need to also load up on vitamin C and zinc, both of which contributes to the healthy function of your immune system. Many people fail to get adequate levels of these key nutrients through diet alone, so taking a supplement can help you fill the gaps.
Manage your stress levels.
Stress can make you more susceptible to illnesses. Unfortunately, the holiday season can take its toll on your mental health, and be a source of major stress. From dealing with toxic relatives to bingeing on unhealthy food, there are many variables that contribute to or result from added stress this time of year.
Once things slow down and celebrations have come and gone, take some time off to do meditations, breathing exercises, or journaling. These mindfulness exercises will address your anxieties, calm the mind, and lower your stress levels, allowing you to reset before the new year arrives.
Get quality sleep.
A sleep-deprived body will have a weaker immune system and be more at risk at catching a disease, which is why you should improve your sleeping habits. Aim for at least seven hours of sleep every night.
Of course, it’s not just the number of sleeping hours that’s important, but also the quality of sleep that you get. Establish an evening routine – taking a warm bath, drinking chamomile tea, lighting a candle, or turning on soothing music – to signal the brain that it’s time to sleep.
Load up on essential oils.
You can further boost your immunity by establishing a daily routine filled with essential oils. Eucalyptus is a natural breathing aid, while lavender has soothing properties. Both peppermint and tea tree have therapeutic effects on the body. As a natural immune booster, you can also try LaCura’s powerful blend of wild orange, clove, ginger, and lemon oils to ease respiratory congestion.