3 Essential Tips To Strengthen Your Immune System As Summer Ends
When it comes to keeping your immune system healthy and strong, many people don’t realize that the season plays an important role in determining which methods are most effective to strengthen your immunity. However, each season is different, and it’s critical to prepare your body for the cooling down of temperatures that comes along with the transition from summer, to fall, and eventually, winter. Here are three simple ways to strengthen your post-summer immune system.
While this is a generally good rule of thumb to follow year-round, it’s particularly important when it comes time for the seasons to change. Steering clear of alcohol and caffeine – or at least keeping your intake to a minimum — is sure to give your immune system the boost it needs to prepare for the temperature transition. You should also make an effort to drink more water and stay as hydrated as possible.
Cook Using Natural Ingredients:
This is another tip that’s healthy year-round, but the end of the season makes a great time to improve your efforts to cook with natural ingredients only. Hip and Healthy says, “Cooking from scratch as much as possible also minimizes processed foods and helps reduce sugar which is often hidden in foods and has actually been shown to reduce white blood cells. Make sure you get good quality protein in every meal (eggs, oily fish, nuts, seeds, quinoa, probiotic yogurt, etc.) to help deal with higher levels of stress hormone cortisol that can down-regulate the immune system.”
Cleanse Your Liver:
There are many foods that can help detoxify certain areas of the body. The liver, for example, can be cleansed and nourished by eating plenty of the foods that act as liver tonics, such as garlic, artichoke, turmeric, and ginger.
Ultimately, these tips will help keep your immune system healthy, but if you do fall ill during the transitional season, consider visiting a walk in clinic or urgent care facility. A 2010 study by the Rand Corporation found that nearly one in five visits to hospital ERs could be treated at urgent care centers, potentially saving $4.4 billion annually in health-care costs. For more information about finding an urgent care facility near you, contact AFC/Doctors Express.