A vegan or plant-based diet has been shown to reduce risk for several chronic illnesses and many people report a reduced incidence of viruses and other common bugs. However, it's not foolproof. Vegans are human. Vegans get sick, too. Here are 6 ways to strengthen your immunity...
The lymphatic system is perpetuated and stimulated by movement. Contracting muscles via exercise and moving around helps circulate lymph fluid which removes toxins, provides nutrients, and encourages optimal immune function.
2. Minimize toxin exposure
Toxins are everywhere—in our water, air, food, household and body care products. The best we can do is avoid chemical exposures by doing our best to choose wholesome foods, drink purified water, and avoid chemicals in our household and body products whenever possible. Use healthy houseplants that absorb toxins, opt for essential oils for antimicrobial purposes, and get as close to nature with anything that you use.
3. Hone in on hygiene
It’s no secret that germs cause warfare when given any opportunity. Give your immune system a break by washing your hands often—especially before eating and after using the restroom (yes, some people still forget that…as shocking as that is)—and avoid touching your face or any of its many orifices.
4. Load up on antioxidants and immune-enhancing phytochemicals
You are what you eat. Literally. So douse your body in a constant stream of immune-boosting nutrients naturally found in whole plant foods. Vegetables contain disease-fighting power like no other food group. High vegetable intake has been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, and to improve gastrointestinal health and vision.
5. Adequate rest and stress management
Nothing’s better than a good night’s sleep….as the saying goes. Truly, adequate rest and effectively managing stress is infinite in its immune-enhancing advantages.
6. Keep your native bacteria happy
Your gut flora play a significant role in immunity. Feast on healthy fiber and probiotics to feed those good bacteria to help ward off the pathogenic (aka dangerous, illness-causing) microbes. Fiber helps clean out bacteria in your intestines and helps you have regular bowel movements, reducing constipation. High-fiber diets also help with weight loss and maintenance by slowing down the rate sugar is absorbed, helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels.