The arrival of spring brings with it the lush beauty of flowers and trees bursting with life, the return of wildlife to the landscape, and the warm, sunny weather compelling you to venture out from your wintertime hovel. It also, however, brings with it the propensity for allergies, colds, and flu as well as injuries like insect bites, sunburn, and muscle and joint issues caused by overexertion. All this makes spring's approach the perfect time to bolster your immune system in preparation for these common eventualities. With that goal in mind, here are some powerful and simple tips for greeting this new spring with a healthy immune system:
A healthy diet is essential to being able to manage the daily stresses that arise in life. By eating a balanced diet of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and natural fiber and limiting or altogether avoiding sugars, salt, chemical additives and preservatives and saturated fats, you can better ward your body against invading viruses and bacteria and arm yourself against the damage they can wreak. Ensuring you get an ample supply of the essential daily vitamins and minerals like copper, iron, zinc, selenium, and folic acid and vitamins C, A, E, and B6 is also paramount to immune health.
However, healthy your diet, if you're constantly under stress, no amount of nutrition will be enough to prevent its harmful effects on your immunity. Some simple ways to relieve stress and better support your body's ability to prevent and heal from illnesses and injuries include:
From the foods you eat to the activities you engage in the very air you breathe, your body is continuously barraged by free radicals. Free radicals attack cells, impairing their function, exposing them to disease, and causing them to die. Antioxidants are natural substances that help your body's cells to prevent and lessen the damage free radicals cause. While many foods contain antioxidants to some degree, it's not often enough, or even the right antioxidants, to combat the particular onslaught of free radicals today's modern lifestyle and post-climate change environment has promoted.
Astaxanthin is one of the most potent known antioxidants, more powerful than omega-3 fatty acids, krill oil, CoQ10, and vitamin C. Found naturally in lobster and shrimp, this one antioxidant is known to prevent and slow the progression of damage to the brain as well as reduce and slow the physical impacts of aging. It also can reduce and relieve inflammation, thereby enabling the immune system to work better at healing the body from illness and injury. Farlong Pharmaceutical's A. supplement contains 12 mg of this potent all-natural antioxidant per single-serving softgel.