7 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

We’re well into cold and flu season, but there’s always time to boost your immune system.

Read on to get to know your immune system and ways you can boost your immune system naturally.

Your Immune System & Why It’s Important

The immune system’s goal is to keep us as healthy as possible. 

It’s defined as “a complex network of cells, tissues, organs, and the substances they make that help the body fight infections and other diseases.”[1]

Your immune system is always learning, which is called acquired or adaptive immunity. When exposed to a new germ for the first time, your immune system tries to fight it off. You may get sick, but once your immune system learns the new germ, it will remember it and be able to fend it off if it were to ever return.[2]

When your immune system is healthy and strong, it can better fight off all the harmful stuff and protect your body. So how do you maintain a healthy immune system?

7 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System

Boosting your immune system naturally can be as easy as making a few lifestyle changes..

Keep reading to check out a few of them: 

Get Enough Sleep

Health and sleep quality are closely linked. 

A study found that adults who get fewer than six hours of sleep each night are more likely to catch a cold than those who sleep more.[3]

Enough quality sleep can help strengthen your immune system—Have you noticed that when you’re sick, you tend to sleep more? That is because it allows your immune system to fight the illness.[4]

If you’re having trouble getting quality sleep, practice good sleep hygiene, like limiting screen time, keeping your room dark, using a sleep mask, and trying to go to bed at the same time.

Get Your Body Moving

Moderate exercise is the name of the game. 

Moderate exercise can boost your immune system. It can also help reduce inflammation and aid in regenerating immune cells regularly. But keep in mind, prolonged and intense exercise can suppress your immune system. So go easy on yourself.[5

Try bicycling, swimming, jogging or brisk walking, or (light) hiking. 

Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration can lead to headaches, which in turn, can lead to hindering your physical performance, mood, focus, heart and kidney function, and digestion. These issues can cause you to be increasingly susceptible to illnesses.[6] Staying hydrated is essential for your overall health. 

How much water you should drink generally depends on you—drink when you’re thirsty, stop when you’re no longer thirsty. Increase your water intake if you intensely exercise, work outside, or live in a hot environment.[7]  

Change Up Your Diet

Healthy eating provides the nutrients you need to support your immune function.[7,8] Here are a few things to implement into your diet:

Whole Plant Foods: Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds

These foods have nutrients and antioxidants that can help combat free radicals and decrease inflammation. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the duration of a cold, as well.[9,10]

Fermented Foods: Yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, natto.

These foods are rich in good bacteria—called probiotics—which your body needs to maintain a healthy gut.[11] Research shows that all of that good bacteria can help your immune cells tell the difference between healthy cells and harmful organisms.[12

Healthy Fats: Olive oil, salmon, chia seeds

Healthy fats may help boost your immune system’s response to harmful germs by decreasing inflammation. Chronic inflammation tends to suppress the immune system.[13]

Limit Added Sugars:

Recent evidence suggests that refined carbs and added sugars play a role in obesity, which can increase your risk of getting sick. Limiting those foods can help decrease inflammation and help with weight loss, which results in a reduced risk of chronic health conditions.[14,15,16,17]

Ideally, your sugar intake should be less than 5 percent of your daily calories. 

Managing Stress

Short-term stress is important for the body in terms of establishing survival mechanisms during fight-or-flight situations. Long-term stress, however, can promote numerous health issues, such as inflammation and imbalanced immune cell function. Therefore, managing your stress levels is a major key component of maintaining a healthy immune system.[18,19]

Do whatever makes you happy and puts you at ease. Mindful practices you can try include journaling, yoga, or meditation. Try escaping for a minute in a book. If you think you would benefit from it, try talking with a therapist or counsellor.  

Break Unhealthy Habits

While sometimes it’s easier said than done, breaking unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking excess alcohol can play a role in boosting your immune system.

Smoking and excessive alcohol use tend to make your body less likely to fight diseases.[20,21]

Supplements

In some cases your immune system just needs a little help. Studies have shown that adding some supplements to your health routine can help strengthen your immune response. 

Here are a few to keep in mind:

Vitamin C: 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help protect your cells against free radicals. Your body doesn’t produce vitamin C on its own. Therefore, you need to get it from your diet or through supplements. 

While vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds, it can help when you have one. One study showed that taking vitamin C daily can help reduce the duration of colds by 8 percent in adults and 14 percent in children.[22,24]

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Vitamin D:

Vitamin D has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help support immune health.

If you’re deficient in vitamin D, your chances of getting sick can increase. Therefore, supplementing with vitamin D can help counteract this problem.[23] 

When combined, vitamin D and vitamin K are a true power couple. D and K vitamins are well known for being modulators of the immune system, acting as anti-inflammatory powerhouses, and even supporters of healthy immune responses.[26,27,28]

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Zinc and Magnesium:

This nutrient is found all throughout the body and is important for immune and metabolism functions. Supplementing with zinc has been shown to help reduce the longevity of a cold by 33 percent.[25,29]

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Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is a staple product in many kitchens, and it also comes in supplement form. For centuries, Apple Cider Vinegar has been used as a remedy for numerous health concerns, including gut health, immune function, digestive health, and more.[30]

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Probiotics:

Remember those probiotics we discussed earlier? If your diet is lacking in fermented foods, a probiotic supplement can with your immune function. 

Research has shown that probiotics’ proprietary blend helps reduce levels of harmful bacteria to promote immune function.[31,32,33]

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Multivitamins:

Multivitamins are your all-in-one health supplement. Those that contain optimal levels of vitamins B6, C, and D provide antioxidants and immune support. 

Evidence suggests that a multivitamin may improve immune function, especially in those 55 and older.[34]

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