From October to the end of March, we are more susceptible to the influenza virus. There are multiple contributing factors for this, but the one that we want to focus on is the one we influence – our lifestyle.
The average American consumes 57 pounds of added sugar each year, per person. Consider the amount of added sugar consumed in the period between Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Combine this with the colder weather, lack of sunshine, and more time spent indoors around potentially sick people; it is no wonder our immune systems cannot keep up.
Luckily, there are ways you can improve your immune system functions and reduce your risk of contracting influenza.
Here is what our functional PharmD, Dr. Carrie Beth Smith recommends:
- Do not let your healthy habits slip! Keep drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest. These are the foundations of a healthy, properly functioning immune system.
- Make an effort to get outside for a breath of fresh air. Not only does being in nature boost our immune system functions, it also reduces our stress levels! While getting outside is ideal, if this is not an option, Dr. Carrie Beth suggests trying a Sunlighten ™ sauna session. In addition to heating the body, near-infrared light also stimulates white blood cells and increases antibodies against germs by increasing cellular energy production!
- Fill your body with vital nutrients. If you have a hard time consuming nutrients on a regular basis, it can be even more difficult to do so during the holidays. For this reason, our PharmD recommends 360 Jumpshots – specifically the immune boost! If you use the Jumpshots to fight your risk of influenza, she recommends one Jumpshot weekly through the end of flu season. While we cannot guarantee that the immune boost will protect you from the flu, it will give your body essential nutrients to help promote your health.