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A Comprehensive Approach to Immunity

We’ve all heard the classics. Take your vitamins, eat your vegetables, wash your hands – and you won’t get sick.

At Caravan, we encourage you to go above and beyond, and take every precaution to build up that first line of defense – the immune system.

How can you build immunity from the inside?

Fitness: Regular exercise can contribute to good circulation. Good circulation allows for the immune system’s cells to easily move though the body and to efficiently and effectively do their job.

Try a fitness class like Cardio Boost, or a Power Yoga Flow to get those cells circulating. 

Sleep: Ever heard of cytokines? It’s a protein that regulates immunity by targeting infection. Cytokines are critical to regulating the immune response. Lack of sleep causes the body to produce and release fewer cytokines.

Find a practice like Meditation for Sleep or Evening Unwind that supports deep, restorative sleep, and make those cytokines! 

NutritionA strong, healthy, and effective immune system requires regular nourishment. Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, B6, and B12 are all important for a micronutrient dense and balanced diet to help support your immune system.

Check out Gut Health 101, Detox your Liver, or Food Combinations to learn ways to effectively nourish your body. 

Reduce Stress: Psychoneuroimmunology is an entire filed dedicated to the relationship between immunity and the mind. Excessive stress is doing you no favors, especially when it comes to your health. The state of your mind effects the state of your health. Bottom line, stress weakens your immune system, relaxation strengthens it.

Find relaxation and reduce stress through Tapping Tricks, Stop and Breathe, or Color Breathing.

 

For more information about boosting your immunity from home click here.

 

References 

American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, www.apa.org/research/action/immune.

“How to Boost Your Immune System.” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.

“National Sleep Foundation.” National Sleep Foundation, www.sleepfoundation.org/.

“Support Your Health With Nutrition.” EatRight, www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/support-your-health-with-nutrition.