5 Easy Ways To Boost Your Immunity A powerful immune system is the best gift one could ask for. By adopting a healthy and active lifestyle over time, you will achieve better wellness inside out and boost your immunity. What is the role of our immune system in our daily lives? If our healthy bodies are a thriving city, we can think of the immune system as a robust wall that protects our bodies from invasion. You usually don’t notice them when they’re working well. It’s only when they’re not performing at their best or not functioning at all that you notice them. Here’s what your immune system is doing for you daily: 1. Fights disease-causing germs like bacteria, viruses, parasite and fungi and eliminates them from the body. 2. Targets and neutralizes harmful substances from the environment. 3. Fights changes to the body which could potentially cause diseases like cancer. What can you do? If you’re looking to boost your immunity, the good news is that it’s pretty easy to level it up. You don’t have to make big lifestyle changes. Rather, at LVL we believe that it’s essential to take small steps to improve yourself in every way. These include proper nutrition, optimal exercising among a few. Here are five ways to supercharge your immune system: 1) Increase physical activity Simple acts like going on a morning jog, taking a 10 minute walk around the office (or your block, if work-from-home is your new normal!) after lunch, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a big difference. Exercise promotes all circulations in the body which is responsible for sending out the right antibodies to the target location (antibodies are the protective substances your body produces in response to fighting a foreign substance). As published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science, exercising improves metabolic health and defense activity by promoting anti-inflammatory response. It also improves immune regulation which delays the onset of age related dysfunction. 2) Load up on fruits and vegetables Add fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins C and Vitamin E, plus beta-carotene and zinc to your diet. Studies show that these components are beneficial for the immune system. The brighter their colour, the better: carrots, kale, berries, citrus fruits, spinach, and apples are some examples. This is because flavonoids and natural-pigments give these fruits and vegetables their bright colour. These substances have antioxidant and cell-protective properties which help control oxidative stress in the body (oxidative stress occurs when you don’t have enough antioxidants to fight free-radicals which ultimately leads to cell and tissue damage). Fruits contain natural sugars which are much healthier to consume than added/artificial sugars. This is because added sugar reaches your bloodstream faster and spikes up your blood glucose levels faster. In the case of fruits, the sugar in them is accompanied with healthy components like fibre which delays the absorption of these natural sugars into your blood. So, the next time a sugar craving hits, reach for a fruit instead! Excess sugar will negatively affects the immune system cells. 3) Get enough shut-eye We all love to sleep. But are you getting enough sleep everyday? Cytokines are the type of protein which target infection and inflammation thereby protecting you. When a person is sleep deprived, it is scientifically proven that the body produces less cytokines which weakens immune response. This is why we have to make sure to get the recommended amount of sleep each night: seven to eight hours for most adults. If we don’t get enough shut-eye, we risk producing lesser antibodies to fight infection. Turmeric milk will supply ample amounts of antioxidants which will protect you against sleep deprivation and damage to cells. Don’t forget to whip up your turmeric latte for a good night’s rest! 4) Take time to relax Some think that de-stressing is only meant to relax the mind, but it does wonders for our body, too. Did you know that already? Overproduction of cortisol due to increased stress levels can aggravate inflammation in the body due to which immune response is weakened. This leads to the risk of developing chronic diseases. So when you meditate or allow yourself to have some quiet time without any distraction, you are supercharging your immune system! Ashwagandha, a superfood is shown to help in stress management. Try it out for yourself! 5) Get the nutrients you need All of the above said, it’s no secret that the right nutrition is your magic ingredient to make everything work. Whether you want a good night’s rest or a good workout, your body needs the right kind of fuel. Organic superfoods are becoming increasingly popular for their science backed health benefits which can do your body wonders. There seems to be a superfood solution for almost all your problems. Your immunity depends on all the above factors and you’ll certainly downplay it if you miss out on either one. It’s important to ensure that your food intake is nutritious and the rest is history – you’ll have more stamina for your day, better workout performance and a good night’s rest! In our busy lifestyles, it has become pretty difficult to find time to make everything happen. It’s alright, you’re not alone in this. That’s why we came up with our superfood drink mixes – an easy and convenient way to boost your immunity (Natural Immunity+) , power up your workouts (Plant Protein+) and increase your focus (Raw Focus+). All you need to do is pour, shake and drink! Similarly, superfood powders can be easily incorporated into your diet. LVL’s 100% organic baobab powder is made from a tangy fruit that’s full of alkalising and energising nutrients. It has high amounts of antioxidants that help boost the immune system. It’s easy to use, too: just add a scoop of baobab powder to a bottle of water for a hydrating drink before or after a workout. Other superfood powders which are a must-have to boost your immunity include ashwagandha, turmeric and cacao powder. GET THE WHOLE RANGE! Simple things that turn into daily habits can spell a big change in ensuring we level up our immune system. In time, we’ll reap the rewards as we live a better, healthier life!