Cold and flu season is here. I know, I know – we don’t want to talk about it, either. But the truth is, the more we all know about fighting these nasty little bugs, the better we can fight them.
So, what tips and tricks really help our immune systems tell these nasty, annoying bugs to screw off? Luckily, there are quite a few immunity boosters out there -- some are tasty... others are quite fun.
We’re leading with the best remedy first. Sex can actually help your immune system fight off bugs. According to WebMD, “people who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders.” Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania discovered this awesome tidbit of information. The study discovered that “college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often.” Well then. Your place or mine?
2. Bee Pollen
Honeybees really are mother nature’s gift. This supplement is incredibly effective at keeping your immune system running smoothly. It contains a high amount of nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids, and protein. Get your daily dose by sprinkling a spoonful atop some steamy oatmeal on a cold morning. If you don't have a favorite oatmeal recipe, we've got you covered: 6 Oatmeal Recipe Upgrades You Have to Try.
3. Sweet Potatoes
You probably knew that sweet potatoes were good for you, but did you know that they are also powerhouse immunity boosters? According to Prevention, your skin serves as a vital part of your overall immune system. To stay healthy, your skin needs a lot of vitamin A. Luckily, sweet potatoes are filled with vitamin A. Eat about a half a cup of this vegetable a day. (And, bonus: these veggies are now in season.) Try the following sweet potato recipes this week:
And don’t forget this tried-and-true advice, either: People who get plenty of sleep and maintain a healthy diet tend to be healthier overall. So, if you've been forgoing a good night's rest in order to bang out an extra hour of work, stop that bad habit right now. You can most likely do the work tomorrow (and the end product will be better if you're fully rested). And we know -- it's hard to stay away from candy and home-baked goodies this time of year. But the more whole foods you eat, the better off you'll be.
Do you have any favorite immune boosting recipes or tips you’d like to share? Add them in the comment section. We all could use the advice!
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