Three Things You Never Knew About Your Immune System

It’s that time of year again, when everybody seems to have the cold or the flu. You don’t want to get sick yourself, but how much do you really know about your immune system? By getting to know the system responsible for fighting disease and protecting your health, you can maximize your wellness even during the winter.

These three surprising facts might change your views and encourage you to give your body some more TLC.

Sometimes Illness Symptoms Are Actually a Good Thing

When you get a cold, you most likely struggle with a runny nose and congestion. Though it seems like those symptoms are part of the sickness, they are actually indications that you immune system is working!

As soon as the rhinovirus invades your upper respiratory tract, your immune system generates chemicals called histamines that dilate your blood vessels and allow white blood cells to reach the infected tissue. This is very important, but in the process those inflamed blood vessels in your nasal cavity cause the unpleasant symptoms that keep you reaching for the DayQuil. Read More

The Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System This Winter

Winter is notorious for causing the rapid spread of disease. Without a strong immune system, you are almost guaranteed to catch the cold, the flu, or any other illness floating around. Only your immune system can block harmful organisms and stop them from wreaking havoc inside your body. Use the following tips to boost your immune system this winter and enjoy the holiday season without unwanted sick days.

Start Taking Probiotics

It might seem strange to add bacteria into your body if you are trying to stay healthy, but the surprising truth is that your body and immune system rely on healthy, productive bacteria strains to remain balanced and strong. Taking a probiotic each day will ensure your gut has all the bacteria it needs to strengthen your immune system, support the detoxification of your colon, and stop illness before it begins. Read More

Fall Allergy Season: What You Need to Know to Prepare

It’s that time of year again: just as you finally start to feel relief from the intense heat of summer, fall allergies strike with a vengeance. You don’t want to spend the next two months fighting allergy symptoms, so learn more about the most common allergy triggers to properly prepare your defenses.

Ragweed Is the Enemy

Ragweed doesn’t look dangerous, but about 75% of people who suffer from springtime allergies also experience strong allergic reactions to ragweed in the fall. This yellow flowering weed usually begins blooming in August and continues to cause problems until killed by a winter freeze. This means that in areas as hot as Florida, ragweed likes to linger.

If ragweed causes sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion as soon as you leave the house, make sure to monitor your local pollen count. Stay indoors as much as possible on days with high counts, especially during mid-morning and early afternoon pollen peak hours. Always keep car and house windows completely closed and locked to prevent infiltration, vacuum your carpets regularly, and remove your outerwear before you go inside. Read More

The Best Ways to Support Your Immune System During Allergy Season

If you have bad seasonal allergies, you known the instant that winter changes over to spring. As your eyes turn red, itchy, and swollen and you start to sneeze compulsively, you know that you’re in for a miserable few months. But there is some good news, too! By supporting your immune system now, you can minimize the impact of seasonal allergies and step outside each morning without trepidation.

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How to Boost Your Immune Support During Flu Season

Though the weather in Florida belies the fact that it is winter, the truth is that flu season is still in full force. It is never too late to strengthen your immune system in an effort to avoid the flu, but where should you begin? These three tips will get you started.

Get the Flu Shot

Though the flu shot doesn’t provide a guarantee that you will remain healthy, doctors agree that it can still help boost your body’s ability to fight the influenza virus. The flu shot is composed of dead flu cells, and those dead cells help your immune system fight the real flu when it creeps into your body. By protecting yourself, you are really protecting others as well because you are less likely to pass the flu onto other vulnerable people like children and the elderly. Read More

Supporting Your Immune System through Cold and Flu Season

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of your body’s immune system. You are exposed to viruses and bacteria every day, but you avoid becoming chronically ill because your immune system has the power to keep your body protected. During cold and flu season, however, your immune system needs some extra support and attention in order to work as efficiently as possible. The following tips will help you nurture your immune system all winter long. Read More

3 Tips for Coping with Fall Allergies

For many, it’s that dreaded time of year again. The time of itchy eyes, constant sneezing, and terrible congestion. Yes, it’s allergies, the dreaded “A-word” of the fall season. If you want relief, don’t look to common allergy medications that can have nasty side effects and leave you feeling even worse than you did to begin with. If you’re already suffering from allergies, you don’t need a medication that will leave you asleep at your desk. Instead, you should consider giving alternative and natural remedies a try. Read More

The Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System This Summer

Winter is notorious for causing the rapid spread of disease, but getting sick in the summer season is still completely possible. Your body’s ability – or inability – to remain healthy is dependant upon the strength and efficiency of your immune system. Every day, you are exposed to organisms with the potential to trigger disease in your body, and it is the responsibility of your immune system to block those harmful organisms from having the opportunity to wreak havoc. This is why it’s so important to support your immune system all year round, even in the summer. Read More

Are You Utilizing Probiotics to Keep Your Body Fine Tuned?

Just like a well-oiled machine, a nourished body can perform at optimal levels. One of the most important ways that you can nourish your body is to use probiotics on a regular basis. Unlike antibiotics, which kill the bacteria in your body in an effort to wipe away disease, probiotics restore your body with the healthy bacteria your gut and other systems need to drive. If you aren’t utilizing probiotics yet to maximize your health, now is the time to start!

The Role of Your Gut

The “gut” is a short for the gastrointestinal tract, the long tube that begins at the mouth and ends at the body’s back passage. This includes everything from the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and colon, which means that the gut is responsible for all of the mechanics that help you digest food. The gut helps to formulate enzymes to break down food, contract muscles needed to move food through the body, and much more.  All of this means that a malfunctioning gut can wreak havoc on the entire body. Read More

Use These Power Foods to Build Your Immunity this Winter

healthy-foodsIt’s impossible to overstate the importance your body’s immune system. The immune system can defined as a collection of structures and processes within the body that protect against disease and damage. Without a strong immune system, you are more susceptible to threats like viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s especially important to remember this in the wintertime when cold weather and holiday chaos can cause you to lose track of your healthy habits. By incorporating these power foods into your daily diet, you can nourish your immune system and keep it thriving. Best of all, they are such common items that they’re probably already sitting in your kitchen! Read More