Today is World Aids Day — a day to build awareness of the disease and support the 40 million people that are affected by it around the globe. To show our support we have listed some of our favourite immune-building tips that will benefit everyone, and some may surprise you!
Say NO to refined sugar
Most of the time. Although it would be best to say goodbye once and for all, this is not exactly a practical approach, so follow the 80:20 rule and avoid things like white flour, soda, candy and cocktail juices as often as possible. Refined sugar is readily available in the Western diet and it is excellent at weakening the immune system. Removing it alone will give your immune system a fighting chance!
Say YES to fermented foods
Fermented foods are amazing, and although not often used in the Western diet they are readily available if you know where to look. These foods help build up the bacteria in our intestines that are directly linked to the health of our immune system. Some examples of fermented foods you can try are yogurt, kefir, miso, kimchi and sauerkraut (the kind you find in the refrigerated section). Eating a little every day will do the trick!
Stress management and relaxation are probably the best ways to gently build our immune system because they directly support the rest of our body as well. A quick tip: When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, stop what you are doing and take a few cycles of full deep breaths, pausing at the end of each inhale and exhale. This is a great relaxation technique that can be practiced anywhere and costs nothing but a few moments of your time.
The trick? A little movement — yes exercise! It does not have to be daunting, grueling, or painful. Find a form that you love, be it walking, hiking, swimming, jogging, yoga, rollerskating or ice skating — as long as your body is moving you will be building your immunity. Some possible side effects may also include building confidence, increased energy, having fun and feeling fabulous.
All of these tips can support our immune system on their own, but together are even more powerful. Challenge yourself to a month of immune-building and see how you feel! And for more information about World Aids Day check out http://www.cdnaids.ca/wad