It’s that time again. Valentine’s Day will be here next week and store shelves have been stocked since just after New Year’s with heart-themed gifts for you to give your loved one. But what if you could give them something this year that would last much longer than just one day?
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you,” wrote A.A. Milne, a British author best known for his books about Winnie-the-Pooh.
Milne captured the way we feel about our loved ones perfectly, which is why their health is so important to us.
The immune system is the body’s first layer of defense against illness. So what better way to help them improve their health this holiday than giving them a gift that will boost their body’s immune system and help keep them healthy?
Here are 3 things you can do to boost natural immune support and help keep your loved one healthy:
1. Get Moving Together
Everyone knows exercise is an important part of being healthy, but did you know exercise provides natural immune support?
It’s true. Regular exercise (such as getting your heart rate up for 20 minutes three times a week or taking a brisk walk five days a week) increases the level of white blood cells (leukocytes), making it a great option for natural immune support.
Your loved one isn’t a gym buff? No problem. Find something fun you can do together. A dance class, trip to the ice-skating rink or a weekend camping trip are all great ways to get moving without hitting up the gym.
2. Relax and Reduce Stress
Chronic stress produces cortisol, which suppresses the immune system. Reducing stress lowers cortisol levels.
So help keep your loved one healthy by doing something on the 14th to reduce stress—a couple’s massage, for example, might be an enjoyable way to naturally reduce stress and support your immune systems.
Another option might be a meditation or yoga class. According to WebMD one study showed that people who meditated for an 8-week period produced more antibodies to a flu vaccine than those who didn’t—and they still showed an increased immune system response four months later.
Even catching a comedy together can be a great option for natural immune support.
According to a University of California study, laughing decreases the levels of stress hormones and increases a type of white blood cell. The study actually showed that even anticipating a funny event can have positive effects, so be sure to let him know your plans before the big day.
3. Give Necessary Nutrients
Unfortunately, even living a healthy lifestyle by exercising and reducing stress isn’t enough to prevent illness.
That’s where natural immune supporting supplements come in.
Give the gift of good health by giving your loved one supplements that provide natural immune support.
Options like Vitamin D, Vitamin A and AHCC all positively affect the immune system, which can help keep your loved one healthy by helping prevent illness from entering the body AND by helping defeat it once it’s there.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps regulate genes involved in the body’s immune system, especially those affecting the respiratory system.
One University of Copenhagen study found that Vitamin D helps activate the body’s T Cells (the killer cells of the immune system), taking them from dormant immune cells into killer cells, primed to seek out and destroy all traces of invaders.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A has also been shown to support the immune system in this way.
Additionally, as the level of Vitamin A in the blood increases,the concentration of natural killer cells and T-helper cells increase, helping maintain the anti-cancer and anti-viral abilities of the immune system.
AHCC is a mushroom extract that provides natural immune support by boosting white blood cell count — including the very T Cells that Vitamin D activates and Vitamin A promotes.
That makes AHCC effective in fighting a wide range of viruses (including boosting the effects of the flu vaccine, cancers (including helping one man stabilize chronic lymphocytic leukemia), alleviate the effects of chemotherapy, strengthen the liver, and more.
Have you given the gift of health to someone you love? How? Let us know by leaving a comment below.