Green Health: 4 Steps to Boost your Immunity

You already have a busy day at work, but then add to the mix, taking the kids to activities, marketing, appointments, preparing meals, doing housework, and all of the dozens of other things that we do every day as a parent. What does this equal? A lot for your body to handle. What can you do to boost your immunity and keep your body in tip-top shape? Here are 4 easy steps to take to boost your immunity, because you don’t have time to get sick, right?

1. Keep your Stress in Check
Think of how you deal with stressful situations. The way that you deal with stress directly affects your immunity. Try to relieve stress by practicing meditation or yoga, doing so several times a week can help to lower stress and boost immunity.

2. You are What you Eat
Eating a well-balanced diet rich in protein, leafy vegetables, low in saturated fats, and high in antioxidants can boost your immunity and your health overall. You can also look into vitamin and mineral supplements to keep your immunity high. Also, try to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day, more if you exercise extensively.

3. Get your Workout on
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day can help you stay healthy and keep your immunity in check. Exercise is also excellent stress and depression reducer. I know from experience!

4. Get Some Shut-Eye
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your immunity. You should try to get 8 hours of sleep a night. Remember sleep time is also the time that your body renews itself. Also, you deserve a good night’s rest, it is one of the best things that you can do for your overall well being.

How do you boost your immunity?

13 Responses to Green Health: 4 Steps to Boost your Immunity

  1. Avlor August 27, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Perfect timing as my kiddos head back to school and preschool! I’ll add Drink Water! (and lots of it!)

  2. Braggin' Rights August 27, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    I get a good night’s sleep. I take probiotics, my vitamins, eat only vegetables & lean meat: V8 w/flaxseed (ground) for breakfast, vegetables w/lean meat, (such as stir fry or salad)for lunch/dinner- this is generally my biggest meal of the day. then another serving of veggies for dinner, if I snack it is nuts, literally…

  3. Sweet Greens August 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi Avlor, I agree, that is exactly why I wrote the article. I was starting to feel a little run down and stressed out with school starting. I enjoy my summer schedule so much more than the school schedule. lol.
    Sweet Greens

  4. Sweet Greens August 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    Hi Braggin’ Rights,
    We also take probiotics. Eben’s favorite is Good Belly. You eat very well, good for you. I love nuts as snacks, they are filling and give a little boost of energy.
    Sweet Greens.

  5. one4earth August 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    very good points here. I think that a lot of people do not fully understand the risks associated with not getting enough sleep. I try to always get the 8 hrs 15 min that is recommended every night, but I know people (including my mother) who get 5 hours max. That is so dangerous and bad for you. They say that driving sleepy is like driving drunk.

  6. Kara Witham August 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi Jennie,

    I agree wholeheartedly with your #1. I think deep breathing is the cornerstone to well-being. When I’m stressed and not breathing very well, I try to pause just for even 2 or 3 minutes and focus on my breathing. It gets me back on track. What I do is take a super big inhale, hold as long as I can, then exhale as slowly as possible, and then start breathing as deeply and as smoothly as I can.

    This is something that we all can do without spending any money 🙂

    I have trouble keeping up with 2, 3, and 4, like a vicious circle, I tend to not eat so well and skimp on the workouts and sleep when I’m stressed.

    Laughing is supposed to boost the immune system, too, so goofing around is seriously important!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    p.s. I love that photo, thanks for introducing me to her work, I just added her to my contacts on my flickr.

  7. Sweet Greens August 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    Hi one4earth, I absolutely agree. I get at least 8 hours everynight and if I don’t I feel horrible. I agree that sleep deprivation is like drunk driving, very dangerous and horrible for your health.
    Sweet Greens.

  8. lancelonie August 27, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    Hmmm… I can almost feel the good feeling! Wonderful!

  9. Sweet Greens August 28, 2009 at 1:07 am #

    Hi Kara,
    You are right, #1 is the easiest. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I sit back and take deep breaths, it does any amazing thing for the way I feel and give me a better perspective.

    I have made working out a part of my daily schedule because it has had the largest impact on the way that I feel. If it wasn’t scheduled though, it probably wouldn’t happen. I also make it a point to get to bed on time, which can be tough.

    Love the laugh idea, laughing is super important and just makes you feel good.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, they are great.

    Love the pic too.

    Sweet Greens.

  10. Sweet Greens August 28, 2009 at 1:34 am #

    Hi Lancelonie, great feelings all around.
    Sweet Greens.

  11. BirchLeaf Designs - Wendy and Mojo November 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Then, after steps one through four have been followed, a little echinacea tincture and a spoonfull of garlic, ginger and honey! Simple chop up the garlic/ginger real fine and pour honey over it…you can eat this stuff on toast!

  12. PCB Manufacturer May 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Such a fabulous ideas you have shared here. Amazing! I appreciate that. Thanks for sharing this incredible stuff.


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