As we enter into the heart of winter, it's an ideal time to take a look at your family's daily habits (and establish new ones) to support your overall health and wellbeing. Building and maintaining a healthy routine can make a huge impact on your immune health, and when the immune system is supported, everyone in your family (including you, mama) will be able to feel and be their best selves.
Here are immune tips for your household so you can feel your best and enjoy all this season has to offer:
1. Wash hands often
Washing hands often may be basic, but it's so important! Frequent hand washing helps reduce initial exposure to immune challenges. Just be sure to wash for 20-30 seconds with warm water and an antibacterial soap.
2. Get quality sleep
Often overlooked, but crucial for keeping the immune system in tip-top shape is getting enough restorative sleep. Adults should aim for at least 7-8 hours each night to recharge, and children typically need 9-11 hours. With busy schedules and long to-do lists, this is easier said than done. If you or your kids have trouble getting to sleep, try incorporating a healthy sleep routine, such as turning off all screens at least an hour before bed, taking a warm bath or shower and setting the same bedtime each night. Our bodies respond well to a regular routine.
3. Boost your nutrition
4. Take vitamin C
Don't underestimate vitamin C, a powerhouse in supporting a healthy immune response*. Vitamin C accumulates in certain immune cells that help make up our defensive team. Interestingly, the vitamin is also stored in adrenal glands, where it's used to make stress hormones. So, it stands to reason that when you're under additional stress, you may want to supplement with additional vitamin C*. Gummy vitamins are a tasty and easy way for families to get the boost they need.
5. Consider using elderberry
6. Take care of gut health
With 70-80% of the immune system residing along the gastrointestinal tract, there is a strong connection between gut microbiota and overall health. Simply put, when your gut bacteria are properly in balance, then you have a thriving population of beneficial bacteria supporting your immune system*. Look for a quality probiotic supplement like Women's Health Shelf-Stable Probiotics and Culturelle Daily Probiotics that can help support both intestinal health and immunity*.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is
not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.