Don’t Get Sick While on Vacation: How to Boost Your Immune System
If you asked your friends when they are most likely to come down with a cold or flu, they would probably respond with something like “during the winter, when we are all cooped up inside and everyone is sneezing and sniffling.”
While the wintertime is definitely the “classic” cold and flu season, it is quite possible to get ill during the summer months as well.
Many of us are traveling and spending time in crowded airports and on germy airplanes as well as being among lots of people at theme parks and other summertime destinations. In addition, we might skimp on rest and eat more unhealthy food while we are on vacation.
All of these factors can gang up on our immune systems and cause us to come down with a whopper of a cold or flu, even in the middle of July.
Fortunately, summertime sickness does not have to be a given; check out the following tips to stay healthy while on vacation or hanging out at home with your family:
What causes your immune system to be low?
Before we get into how to naturally boost the immune system, let’s look at what causes it to become weak in the first place. The aforementioned vacation germs and fast-food diet are major factor, as are not getting enough rest and not being as careful as we should with keeping our hands clean.
In the winter, we are so focused on washing our hands that our skin might even become dry from all of the anti-bacterial soap. We should be just as vigilant with washing our hands thoroughly with warm water and soap in the summer, and especially after being out in public and touching door handles and other surfaces.
How can I make my immune system strong?
To enhance your immunity, a multi-faceted approach is best:
- Start by trying to boost your levels of vitamin D3. Studies released by the Mayo Clinic have shown that if you are low in vitamin D3, you will have an increased risk of developing an upper respiratory infection. To get more vitamin D3 in your system, get outside and move your body around in the sunshine. If you are African-American, try to be in the sun for about an hour a day. If you prefer, or you live in a part of the country where it’s cloudy and rainy a lot, you can also take a vitamin D3 supplement.
- Exercise can also help to boost your immune system. What is incredibly reassuring about this tip is that you do not have to hit the gym for hours at a time. The National Library of Medicine found in studies conducted in 2008 and again in 2013 that something as simple as going for a brisk walk five times a week for five short minutes at a time could lower your risk of cold, flu and infection by 43 percent. As it turns out, all that huffing and puffing from fast walking can help to release bacteria in your lungs and raise your body temperature slightly, which can ward off bacteria just as a fever can.
- Drink teas enhanced with honey and health-giving herbs. Honey is a natural immune enhancer, and ginger and turmeric are antioxidants that have been found to boost the immune system.
- Be sure to get enough rest. When you sleep, this is when your body will repair itself and if you feel like you are fighting something, you will heal faster. If you start to feel rundown while on vacation, take an afternoon siesta and retreat to your hotel room for a 30-45 minute nap—you will probably wake up feeling much better.
What vitamins can boost your immune system?
Vi-Rid is a great place to start – it features a well-researched group of herbs including andrographis, lonicera and others that have been proven to combat virus and bacterial infections. If you combine this with Super Juice Blend, you will be giving viruses and bacteria an effective one-two punch that will help you keep you healthy not only during the summer months, but all year long.