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Is a Season of Stress Damaging Your Ability to Stay Healthy?

There’s something besides viruses and bacteria that can weaken your immune system and make it more difficult for you to stay healthy - stress. Every season can be one that brings on a different type of stress.

When the fall season rolls in, it brings with it back to school and the holidays. There’s Thanksgiving and then Christmas. While these can be times of celebration, more often than not, they bring in a lot of stress.

Unmet expectations during holidays can cause stress. Many people have a picture of what they’d like the holiday to be like, but inevitably, it falls short. There can be family strife, relationship issues, or work deadlines that are tighter due to the holidays.

Many people also experience a lot of financial pressure. It can be stressful and expensive to spend the money to travel to be with family during the holidays. On top of that, there are gifts to buy for relatives, friends and coworkers.

The demand on your time increases, too. All of a sudden, the number of commitments you have to deal with can double. It seems that there’s always something to take care of, another store to visit or a purchase to make.


You may start to feel that you’re running yourself ragged. This can easily cause stress and anxiety during the holidays. You want to enjoy them, but you’re too tired physically. If there’s drama or family strife going on, you can also end up worn out emotionally and may find yourself just wishing the holidays were over.

During these winter months with less light, some people are affected with SAD, which can make everything feel even more stressful and depressing. Other seasons bring other challenges.

During the summer when the kids are out of school, if you work full time and your kids are younger, then you have to deal with childcare issues. You may find that you’re having to pay more money for childcare....

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Eat Strategically During the Seasons to Help Your Immune System

It’s beneficial to choose the best foods to eat each season that will boost your immune system. When your immune system is strong, you’re less likely to get sick, regardless of whatever is going around.

There are plenty of great foods that can aid your immune system. During the fall, you can find an abundance of pumpkins. This food is loaded with plenty of vitamins. For example, it’s rich in vitamin A.

This vitamin is necessary to help with your body’s cellular health - including boosting the ones for your immune health. Make sure you eat plenty of squash as well. This vegetable is also loaded with vitamin A.

Plus, it contains a B vitamin, which can help fight against the winter blues. Don’t neglect eating fruit in the fall, even though some may not be as plentiful as they are in the summer.

One fruit that you should have plenty of during the fall are apples. Be sure to eat the skin, too - since apples contain flavonoids that fight inflammation and boost immune health.

In the winter, many people stop eating the foods that help the immune system and that’s a mistake. There’s plenty of produce that you can choose that will help keep you healthy through the season that’s known for colds and the flu.

Eat a diet that’s rich in vitamins, like kale. This is plentiful for antioxidants and other nutrients that boost immunity. Have some spinach and other leafy greens, too. These foods contain plenty of vitamins - including the important vitamin C....

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Seasonal Sleep Changes

You may not realize that when seasons change, so does your ability to achieve good sleep. There are physiological changes that take place. For example, as the days get lighter and longer, this affects the amount of melatonin in your body.

Less melatonin means less sleep. In the spring season, Daylight Savings Time can disrupt your sleep. The changing time can throw off your sleep schedule. You can also have trouble sleeping due to the allergies that this season often ushers in.

In the summer months, the light also causes sleep changes. A lot of people find that they develop insomnia when summer hits. That’s because, just like in spring, your melatonin levels are altered.

The amount that you have in your body lessens when it’s light out and this is what affects your circadian rhythm. In the fall and winter, there’s not as much sunlight and people aren’t outdoors as often.

This can cause drops in the amount of vitamin D your body has. Once this level drops, the body doesn’t have as much of the neurotransmitter responsible for producing melatonin.

If the vitamin D level drops low enough, it can even bring on SAD. It’s important that you get enough sleep. When you don’t, it impairs your immune system because sleep boosts your T cells.....

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Stock Up on UV Rays Whenever Possible

The changes that happen in your immune system in the seasons have a lot to do with how many UV rays you’re exposed to. In the summertime, it’s a lot easier to get access to UV light.

This is another reason why illness is less prevalent. When the days are warm and the weather is good, you’ll find more people outside. They’ll work out in the yard, and engage in outdoor activities like swimming.

More time is spent outdoor than inside. The exact opposite happens when winter hits. The majority of people want to stay inside where it’s warm. The overcast skies and chilly weather just don’t have the same pull that the warm, sunny days have.

But that’s exactly what the body needs. To be soaking up sun. When you have exposure to UV light, it works to help boost the body’s production of vitamin D. In turn, this vitamin is what works to aid the body in being able to process other helpful nutrients and vitamins.

Plus, it works as a warning to the body’s immune system when there’s an infection or viral invader. Sunlight boosts your T cells through your vitamin D. This is why your immune system is stronger in the summer months.

It’s also why you need to make sure you get or replicate that light in the winter as well as during the other times of the year. You can do this by planning outdoor activities regardless of the season...

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Your Immune System Changes with the Seasons

When the winter chill sets in, you may have heard people talking about how they have more body aches and health issues. Certain health problems, such as arthritis, act up more in the winter months than in the warmer spring or summer ones.

That’s because when the seasons change, your immune system does too - at a cellular level. This can be particularly hard on certain diseases that are autoimmune in nature, but even someone who has no current health problems can find themselves struggling during seasonal changes.

That’s because the parts that make up the immune system are busier at different degrees when it’s the summer months versus when the season changes to winter. In the summer, these parts of the immune system work more aggressively in the way that they function.

This activity helps to squash reactive symptoms that stem from conditions such as arthritis as well as health issues such as the common cold. But when winter hits, the immune system doesn’t work as aggressively.

It’s much easier for an inflammation to hit and get the upper hand. This is why, when you’re exposed to an illness, you’re more likely to get it in the wintertime...

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RECIPES TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM – Excerpt of the “Supercharge Your Body” eBook

Breakfast

Breakfast recipes can be as simple as eating a fruit salad, fruit juices, or fruit smoothies. Here are a few other ideas.

Blueberry smoothie

2 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of plain kefir (or replace with yogurt)
  • ½ cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of other berries (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
  • 1 Brazil nut, slice (optional)
  • 4–6ice cubes

Instructions

Place all the ingredients in the blend in the order listed except for the ice cubes. Pulse a few times, then add one ice cube at a time, pulsing 4–6 times in between. Blend until smooth and serve....

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21-DAY PLAN – Excerpt of the “Supercharge Your Body” eBook

The following plan is to help you build a healthier lifestyle that can help you maintain a robust immune system. The 21 days are divided in three weeks, and each week, you will add a little something to help you build on your new healthy lifestyle.

Before you start this plan, ask yourself how ready you are to make that lifestyle change. Your motivation to change will be the number one reason if you can maintain the 21-day plan.

Answer the following questions to assess your change readiness.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not motivated, 10 being highly motivated), how motivated are you to disconnect from the digital world?

1       2       3       4       5       6       7       8       9       10

If your answer was below 10, what would help you move one score higher? In other words, what would make you more motivated to change?....

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ESSENTIAL OILS – Excerpt of the “Supercharge Your Body” eBook

While you’ve learned about supplements in chapter 4, there are other ways that natural medicine can be helpful in boosting your immune system. Aromas from essential oils can help you boost your immunity and prevent illnesses while eliminating antigens. The three oils that we will present to you in this section are eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is known to help to fight the common cold and respiratory issues. You can use it in a diffuser to help clear the breathing airways, or you can also add a couple of drops to your bathwater. This oil is also a great antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic. Eucalyptus oil is also known to stimulate the immune system. Although, like many oils, you have to be careful about how to use them. In this case, Eucalyptus oil is not recommended for infants and pregnant women....

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SLEEP AND RENEWING THE BODY – Excerpt of the “Supercharge Your Body” eBook

Sleep and Renewing the Body

Sleeping is, by far, one of the best remedies to help the immune system fight off any disruptive bug in your body. Sleep is crucial for the body’s production of cytokines. Cytokine is a protein that reduces inflammation and infection in the body.

Sleep is critical to ensure a healthy immune system that is always ready to fight any bacteria and viruses. The recommended sleep hours are seven to nine hours per night to rest and regenerate the body adequately. If some days you are unable to get the recommended dose of sleep, try to do one or two naps of 30 minutes during the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system can’t function optimally. Here are a few ideas to help you improve your sleep.

Create a Routine

It is proven that a routine will trick your body into falling asleep at a specific time. Try to observe yourself, is there a time when you are tired? If so, make sure you go to bed before that time. Create a routine that allows you to complete everything before that time and go to bed. You can also set an alarm that will tell you that it’s time to prepare yourself for bedtime. That way, you are less likely to forget what time it is and be more successful at implementing a routine. A bedtime ritual is an excellent addition to your....

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EXERCISING AND DETOXIFYING – Excerpt of the “Supercharge Your Body” eBook

Exercising and Detoxifying

Based on recent research, exercising can be beneficial to the immune system as we age. According to studies, daily activity can strengthen the immune system across the lifespan. Another interesting finding is that not only does frequent exercise boost our immunity, it also seems to delay its aging. Allowing us to maintain an optimal immune system as we grow older. Daily exercise can be as simple as a 20 to 30-minute walk. You can also add yoga or Pilates to your routine.

Stretch for Relaxation

Since the body immunity respond better when the body is relaxed (as mentioned in the previous chapter), it is only logical to help the body relax with stretches. Stretches like the forward fold can boost the immune system by bringing blood flow into your sinuses and release its congestion. Stretches can be done in the morning and in the evening; you only need a few minutes of stretches for your body to benefit.....

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