5 Daily Habits to Keep Your Immune System in Top Shape

Immune health is no longer just a seasonal thing—it’s officially a strategy we’re implementing all year round. And trust us, it’s much easier to do when you enlist these five daily habits into your regular routine.

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1. add Supplements To Your Breakfast Routine

Specifically the Elderberry Zinc Immune Support* Syrup from MegaFood. It's an ideal breakfast companion thanks to it's tasty flavor (though it can be taken any time of day) that provides 100 percent of your daily value of zinc, which is essential for healthy immune function.* The syrup also includes elderberry and aronia berry—two superfruits that provide additional phytonutrients. It’s great for anyone in the family as long as they’re at least four years old, and it’s certified organic, non-GMO project verified, vegetarian, gluten-free and made without dairy and soy.

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2. Get Some Fresh Air

Fact: Stress alone can wreak havoc on your immune health. Studies show that chronic stress “raises catecholamine and suppressor T cells levels, which suppress the immune system.” Not great, to say the least. So when a chaotic week is getting the best of you and you need to unwind, simply step outside. Scientists have discovered evidence that being outdoors, in nature, is good for combatting stress because of the positive effects increased oxygen levels have on the brain, as well as the reduced inflammation that comes along with a strong dose of vitamin D. So whether you take your dog for a walk, go for a run or quite literally just smell the roses in your backyard, make time for nature every day.

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3. swallow A Supplement

We know, we know, it’s tough to remember to take a bunch of vitamins. But with Daily Immune Support* supplements from MegaFood, you're getting four essential nutrients for immune health (vitamins C, D, zinc and astragalus) all in one tablet.* The tablets are even made with real food from farmers who share their commitment to organic and regenerative agriculture. Plus, MegaFood is dedicated to producing quality supplements to help you thrive. That means these particular supplements are Non-GMO Project Verified and tested for 125+ herbicides and pesticides.

Take it from Erin Stokes, ND and Medical Director at MegaFood: "As a naturopathic doctor and a mom, I believe in 'food first.' Food is always our best way to obtain vitamins and minerals. However, in our modern world, sometimes we can't get all of the nutrients we need from food alone, even when we're focused on a well-rounded diet, which is why our Daily Immune Support is a great addition to help fill nutrient gaps."

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4. Turn On A Sound Machine

Just like stress, sleep is directly correlated to your overall health. So you’re a lot more likely to come down with something when you’re running low on rest than if you’re regularly getting a full night of z’s. Our favorite way to help get better shut-eye is enlisting the help of a little white noise. Whether you like the sound of soft static, gentle rain patter or even eerily soothing whale sounds, a machine that gives off a seamless sound all night long might help you get to sleep faster and stay that way.

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5. Wear Your (new) Workout Clothes

Of course, the clothes themselves won’t help your immune system. It’s the workout motivation factor we’re after here. We find that slipping into a fresh pair of leggings that make you feel good are more likely to convince you to fire up your fitness app and get moving, which is crucial for things like increasing blood flow, reducing stress and inflammation and even strengthening antibodies—all factors that contribute to a healthy immune system. If you're finding it hard to get motivated, consider joining a yoga or fitness class, either in person or virtually. That class time commitment can go a long way. Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water while you’re at it.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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