With fall allergy season upon us and cold and flu season right around the corner, it’s time to make sure you are taking the proper steps to keep your immune system strong and healthy. With a busy home life and a hectic work schedule, you don't have time to be sick. You don’t want to have to spend time at a doctor’s office, either.  That’s no fun. The best thing you can do is to strengthen your immune system naturally to help you fight off germs and allergies.

The Immune System

Your immune system is responsible for protecting your body against foreign substances such as viruses, bacteria, infections and disease. It is the defense system of the human body and is made up of entire organs and vessel systems like the lymph vessels, but also of individual cells and proteins

The inner and outer surfaces of the body are the first barriers against pathogens or germs. These surfaces include the skin and all mucous membranes, which form a kind of mechanical protective wall.

The immune system is made up of organs that control the production of certain defense cells, the lymphocytes. Bone marrow and the thymus, a gland situated above the heart and behind the breast bone, are primary lymphoid organs.

The secondary lymphatic organs are the place where the defense cells do their actual work. These organs include the lymph nodes, the spleen, the tonsils and other specialized tissues in the mucous membranes of the bowel, for example. In these places, the defense cells have constant contact with pathogens. (1)

8 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System for the Fall

1. Wash your hands often. After being in public places and touching door knobs, hand rails, etc., always wash your hands. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds in order to get them clean of germs and viruses. 

2. Get good quality sleep. Lack of sleep disrupts the normal production of white blood cells, a crucial component of the body's immune system. Try to go to bed a little earlier each night. Being well rested will help balance hormones and lower stress, which supports optimal immune function.  

3. Manage stress. Stress takes a toll on your body and can weaken your immune system. Take steps to de-stress whenever possible. Try yoga and meditation.

4. Eat organic fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables supply dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and are sources of phytochemicals that function as antioxidants, phytoestrogens, and anti-inflammatory agents to keep you healthy. (2)

5. Exercise regularly. Staying active helps keep your immune system healthy. Get outside and go for a brisk walk several times a week. You don’t have to run a half marathon, just get up and move. Go dancing, run on the treadmill, play a sport, or lift weights. 

6. Eliminate refined sugar and simple carbs.  Did you know that just 1 teaspoon of sugar can lower immune function by about 25%? Avoid soda and sugary foods. Simple carbs get quickly converted into sugar, so stay away from pasta, chips, cookies, bread, muffins and donuts…you get the picture. Switch to natural sweeteners such as stevia and Sweet-N-Natural.

7. Drink a lot of water throughout the day. Water supports healthy detoxification. Add fresh lemon slices to your water which will help flush viruses and bacteria.

8. Take Vitamins to support a healthy immune system. Fight allergy and cold and flu season naturally with the most optimal forms of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that boost and protect your immune system. Here is a line-up of immune-boosting vitamins for the whole family: 

PowerPak

Dr. Hotze's PowerPak makes taking vitamins easier than ever. Including all of your essential vitamins and minerals in daily, convenient vitamin packets, Dr. Hotze's PowerPak provides you with the most pure and high-quality nutrients that you need to fuel your body, boost your immune system and live a happy, healthy life.

Each packet of Dr. Hotze's PowerPak contains:

  • 3 Energy Formula Multivitamins
  • 1 Omega Complete Fish Oil Softgel
  • 1 L-Carnitine (500 mg)
  • 1 Vitamin C Capsule (1000mg)
  • 1 Magnesium Citrate tablet (200 mg)
  • 1 Antioxidant Blend capsule

Start taking action today to protect you and your family from getting sick and make this the best fall ever!