Summer Immune Health Boosting Tips
Now that this wonderful season is here, there are a few summer immune health boosting tips you can take advantage of to prepare yourself for the cold months ahead:
Sunshine, of course – spend 20-30 minutes a day outside between 11 am and 4 pm with as much unprotected skin as possible for it to produce vitamin D, stores of which have been depleted during the cold months of the year. Remember that your shadow absolutely has to be shorter than you for vitamin D to be produced in your skin. In 20-30 minutes your body will make between 10,000 and 15,000 IU of this sunshine vitamin depending on your age and skin pigmentation, which will boost your immune health over the course of summer if you do it daily. This will allow for vitamin D to be stored in your body for those dim winter months when only supplementation is possible.
For a short summary of vitamin D take a look at this quick guide posted here courtesy of and with the permission from VitaminDCouncil.org - Quick Guide To Vitamin D (pdf file will open in a new window)
- Exercise – when it is warm and sunny it is much more inviting to be outside and enjoy outdoor activities like walking, jogging, playing outdoor games, swimming, bicycling, or gardening. It is scientifically proven that moderate exercise elevates Glutathione levels in your body which in turn boosts your immune system.
- Healthy eating - in this season of abundance it is not difficult to include more fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet, especially all varieties of berries – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, tart (sour) cherries, elderberries, mulberries, and currants. So, eat more of these than usually. It is even more rewarding if you love to dig and grow fruit and veggies yourself. Instead of your regular lunch or even dinner try a bowl of fresh fruit and berries, or a vegetable salad with uncooked broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and parsley - all assisting in glutathione production and its proper functioning.
- Salmon season - wild salmon fishing season starts in April-May and lasts through July. Adding fresh wild salmon to your diet is a great way to consume natural astaxanthin that has been scientifically proven to improve the functioning of key glutathione enzymes - glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and glutathione reductase (GR) which help keep glutathione in its reduced (non-oxidized) state. Astaxanthin works better combined with fish oil - also present in salmon. More details are on our page Astaxanthin and Glutathione.
- Explore – summer is a perfect season to get off of the beaten path and try something new. Go find a local organic farm to pick your own produce. Find a local farm here: PickYourOwn.org and LocalHarvest.org
Or find a certified raw dairy farm where you can try and fall in love with raw cow’s milk (rich in all the enzymes and undenatured cysteine absolutely necessary for Glutathione production within your cells and completely lacking in pasteurized dairy), grass fed pastured beef, fresh cheeses (again, containing undenatured cysteine), and fresh eggs from free range chickens that still have their beaks, the way God intended. Find a dairy farm near you here.
If you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, NYC tristate area, and eastern Ohio, check out this fantastic raw organic dairy farm - Your Family Cow. It is located in southern PA but has delivery drop points close to the above mentioned states - basically they bring their fresh food to you, and you know your farmer. You are guaranteed to never go back to a supermarket for the foods they offer! We go to a drop point in Stroudsburg, PA and stock up for a month.
- Stay hydrated - make your own healthy and fresh vitamin waters to stay hydrated throughout the day, no matter where you are - at the beach, in your office, or travelling. Check out our Vitamin Water Recipes.
In summer immune health has a great chance to get stronger. I hope these summer immune health boosting tips will set your mind on helping your body get stronger!
Have a fun and healthy summer!
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