Beautiful eyes of pretty girl in knitted hatWinter is not far away! It's a beautiful time of year and not a time that you want to be hung up with a cold or flu. There is a perception that you're more likely to get sick during the winter and there's some evidence to back that up.

Due to dipping temperatures, we tend to spend more time inside, where it becomes easier for germs to develop and spread in enclosed spaces. Viruses also tend to live longer in cooler temperatures with lower humidity. However, there are many things we can do to help boost our immunity. Here are five ways to start.

1. Get that beauty rest.

Your body depends on a full night of sleep at the end of each day to restore and rebalance. Many regenerative processes are happening while you sleep. Depriving yourself of time for that to happen weakens your immune system and makes you more susceptible to illness.

2. Take your vitamins.

There are many products on the market (Nature's Sunshine carries a variety of high-quality and naturally sourced products) that help boost your immune system. Vitamin D has been widely researched for its immune support as well as echinacea and of course, Vitamin C. Elderberry also has many antibacterial properties and can help promote immunity and the body's ability to fight infection.

3. Eat your veggies.

Eating a balanced diet is a common-sense way to boost your body's immunity. How our body performs and feels is a direct result of the type of nutrition we're providing our body. Try to eat a rainbow! Leafy green vegetables and whole fruits will power your body with fiber, vitamins, minerals and all of the building blocks your system needs to prevent sickness and rebuild itself.

4. Enjoy fermented foods.

Fermented foods are an awesome way to boost the healthy bacteria and probiotics in your gut. Your digestive system affects your overall health. This makes sense since it's where absorption from your food takes place.

5. Love life.

Maintaining physical activity, participating in hobbies and socializing with friends are great ways to help reduce stress (of which high levels can contribute to illness.) These activities also help keep your body active, which can help you maintain a healthy weight while also providing you with endorphins to support your mood and immune system.

Maintaining a balanced lifestyle can be tricky during times of stress or frenzied schedules, which can happen during the holiday season. Trying to maintain healthy habits will pay huge dividends when it comes to your health. If it feels overwhelming, just start with one area where you think you can improve and you'll likely see positive growth in other areas as well. You've got this!

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