Part 3: 14 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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Written by Jake Kastleman
 

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During this time of year, we are all looking to boost our immune systems. There are many things we can do to support our immunity and to experience a life of vibrancy and color. Here, we’ll give you the last 4 of the 14 in this series:

11. Slow down, be still, and connect
12. Get your vitamin C
13. Take a life inventory
14. Get enough sleep
 
Let's rock and roll! 
 
 

Slow down, be still, and connect

One of the greatest things that you can do for your immune system is to connect spiritually every single day. This could include meditation, prayer, reading inspiring and uplifting words, spending time in nature, and more!  When you take time to slow down and connect to something higher than yourself, you will experience more vitality and rejuvenation.

 

Get your vitamin C

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, so it is excellent for detoxifying the body which is excellent for immunity. One of the keys to health is getting toxins out of your body - vitamin C helps with this.

Vitamin C is also highly beneficial for stress. Vitamin C directly interacts with gene HIF1a, a gene that regulates the expression of over 100 stress-related genes. As we know, stress has a major impact on the immune system. So vitamin C is important for your health!

While taking a vitamin C supplement can be beneficial, it is far better to get vitamin C in the form of whole food, as there are many other nutrients which vitamin C combines with to absorb properly in the body. These other nutrients are present in foods as they are found in nature.

That’s because mother nature knows what she’s doing!

Our Boost blend is loaded with vitamin C naturally occurring in whole fruits and vegetables. It is an excellent addition to your diet for immune support. The fruits and veggies in Ruvi Boost include:

  • Mango
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Butternut squash
  • Kiwi
  • Orange

Ruvi Boost also contains phytonutrients like Alpha and Beta Carotene, Anthoxanthins, and many others found in the fruits & veggies in the blend. 

 

Take a life inventory

It is good sometimes to take a step back and look at everything you have going on in your life. Stress depletes your immune system’s ability to protect you.

What types of things might you be involved with, or what people might you be interacting with, that are unnecessary causes of negative stress? Consider removing some of these things from your life so that you have more time for other productive and uplifting things and people.

It is also important to know that not all stress is bad. Stress can be purposeful, motivating, and be the side effect of living a meaningful, purposeful life. When you have a cause, or a person, worth fighting for, that type of stress is not necessarily negative.

 

Get enough sleep

Did you know not getting enough sleep can result in a 50% reduction in your body’s ability to produce antibodies? It’s seriously important to get that sleep! (But hey, don’t stress out about it, as we all know what that does to your immunity. Occasionally you may need to sacrifice that sleep for more important things!)

Did you know that your gut bacteria have a sleep cycle? They literally run on a circadian rhythm (a ‘sleep clock’), just like you do. As it turns out, most living organisms have one, even little microscopic organisms.

Since your beneficial gut bacteria play an integral role in your immune system response, it is important that you sleep enough, and sleep on a regular schedule as often as you can. This not only keeps your circadian rhythm regular and healthy, but it also keeps the circadian rhythm of your gut bacteria regular.

This is also dramatically impacted by when you eat. If you eat really late at night or before you go to sleep, then your gut bacteria will not get the opportunity they should to sleep, as they will be busy processing the food you've sent down to them.

Kind of creepy huh? But also seriously cool when you think about it! You have an entire civilization inside your gut counting on you for their well-being. Who knew you had so many friends inside of your own body? (Too far?)

Of course, you don’t have to be perfect. But sticking to a schedule that is the same morning and evening within about 15-20 minutes can seriously help you and your gut bacteria to get quality sleep - hence improving your immunity.

We hope you enjoyed this article! As always, make sure to eat your whole fruits and veggies every single day! Ruvi contains 4 servings of 8-10 whole fruits and veggies in every single packet. Nothing added, nothing taken out - just the real stuff! All you gotta do is pour, shake, drink. Mother Nature’s medicines in the palm of your hand! 




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