Five To Thrive-Cold & Flu, We’re Coming For You! Tips to Boost Immunity

Show Notes


Valerie discusses practical ways to boost immunity as fall approaches. She provides five tips each on sleep, diet, exercise, stress relief, and supplements to help listeners stay healthy. Valerie emphasizes the importance of sleep for recharging and repairing the body. She recommends sticking to a regular sleep schedule, winding down before bed, limiting exposure to screens, creating a restful sleep environment, and aiming for 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night.

Valerie also highlights the role of diet in strengthening the immune system. She suggests eating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, consuming probiotic foods like yogurt, incorporating immune-boosting superfoods, staying hydrated, and diversifying the diet with mushrooms, tomatoes, and nuts.

In terms of exercise, Valerie emphasizes the importance of regular movement for better health and immunity. She recommends brisk walking or other activities for at least 30 minutes a day, strength training with weights or resistance bands, practicing yoga for stress relief and improved circulation, and incorporating stretching for joint flexibility and blood flow.

Valerie discusses stress relief techniques, including engaging in hobbies, deep breathing, visualization, meditation, saying no to extra commitments, and focusing on positive aspects of life.

Lastly, Valerie mentions the role of supplements in boosting immunity. She suggests vitamin C supplements for immune cells and antibodies, vitamin D for strong bones and calcium absorption, zinc for cell growth and healing, probiotic supplements for healthy gut bacteria, and consulting with a doctor for personalized supplement recommendations based on lifestyle and blood work


00:21 Introduction to the podcast and topic of boosting immunity

00:52 Discussion about the arrival of fall and the start of sickness season

02:09 Five tips for optimizing sleep to boost immunity

04:41 Five dietary additions to strengthen the immune system

06:46 Five easy ways to incorporate exercise for better immunity

08:50 Five strategies for stress relief to support the immune system

10:08 Five supplements that can provide an extra boost to immunity

11:22 Reminder to consult with a doctor before making significant changes

12:14 Importance of scheduling an annual wellness visit with a doctor

12:49 Closing remarks and call to action for audience engagement 

Key Takeaways:

  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule and create a restful sleep environment for optimal immune function.
  • Eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, probiotic foods, and immune-boosting superfoods to strengthen the immune system.
  • Engage in regular exercise, including brisk walking, strength training, yoga, and stretching, to improve circulation and immune cell activity.
  • Practice stress relief techniques such as hobbies, deep breathing, saying no to extra commitments, and focusing on positive aspects of life.
  • Consider supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and probiotics to provide an extra boost to the immune system.

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