By Tiffany Paige, Contributing Editor
Your immune system is a sophisticated computer, elegantly communicating and coordinating many functions throughout your body. It protects you from illness, infection and disease, and some 70% to 80% of your body’s immune system cells are located in your gut. There are natural ways to support it and even boost it to keep it running optimally strong. Remember, prevention is always better than treatment. Here are some easy ways to keep your immune system army working for you:
Stay Hydrated – A great habit to start is adding fresh squeezed lemon to your water (room temperature-to warm) in the morning. It has many health benefits including a rich source of vitamin C, which aids in immune system deficiencies, maintains ph balance, cleanses the liver; and lemons’ anti-inflammatory properties help fight respiratory tract infections. The list goes on.
Breathe - Deep breathing is a simple, yet highly effective way to lower stress, calm the nervous system and strengthen your immune defenses. Did you know that stress lowers your immune system? In through the nose (take in as much air as your lungs can hold), out through the mouth, relaxed and steady. Try a few.