With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is worried about their immune system. While there is no sure way to predict how your body will reach to the virus, researchers do know that people with weaker immune systems are more likely to have more severe symptoms (1).
Now more than ever, it is important to keep your immune system strong and ready to react appropriately if you happen to be exposed to COVID-19 or any other bacteria or virus.
Did you know that there are some simple things you can do to keep your immune system at its best? Here are some natural, research-backed actions you can take on a daily basis to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
EAT PLENTY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Fruits and vegetables are packed with a range of different antioxidants that help to fight free radicals. Free radicals are components that, when found in large quantities in the body, can weaken cell function or even kill them off, making it easier for you to get sick. This is why it is important to keep them in check (2).
Fruits and vegetables are also high in vitamins and minerals that support your built-in immune system.
YOGA AND TAI CHI
Mind-body therapies Yoga and Tai Chi are both low-impact exercises that help to boost the immune system. One of the ways they can increase immune health is by helping to regulate stress (3). Stress, when it goes unchecked, can weaken the natural immune-system response, so you are more likely to get sick more often.
An initial study showed that mind-body therapies reduce markers of inflammation and influence virus-specific immune responses (4).
In order for yoga and tai-chi to have an influence on your immune system, you have to practice it regularly and often.
While it may seem strange to some, there is a large body of research that shows that there is a clear connection between the Central Nervous System (the part of the nervous system in charge of emotions and thinking) and immune response.
In other words, a positive attitude could help to improve your body’s response to a threat and will be more likely to fight off the illness and recover faster (5).
TAKE NATURAL SUPPORTING SUPPLEMENTS
Natural herbs like Eleuthero, Cordyceps, Astragalus, Reishi, Gynostemma, and Ledebouriella Root that have been used for generations in Chinese Traditional Medicine can naturally increase immune system response. In the TCM model, these herbs can lift QI, warm the spleen, and support the immune system response.
At Balance Blends offers a capsule, called Force Field, that contains these and other herbs from TCM in an effective combination that can help to support your immune system. The all-natural formula combines several complementary TCM herbs that can help to keep your immune system strong.
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