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3 Easy Habits You Can Start Today That Help Protect Your Immunity

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While we all have a few tried and true practices that help us protect against a cold in the winter months, the reality is that your immune system needs attention all year around. 

Here are 3 immune-protecting best practices and precautions you can work into your everyday life, as soon as today.

3 Easy Habits You Can Start Today That Help Protect Your Immunity 

1. Wash your hands as soon as you return home.

Washing your hands promotes a healthy immune system because you’re actively working to prevent germs from getting into your body. We touch openings on our faces – eyes, nose, mouth – many times per day, so what we do with our hands significantly impacts our immunity. 

Common contaminated surfaces, in addition to doorknobs and handrails, include:

  • Credit card machines at stores
  • ATM buttons
  • Your phone and keys
  • Computer keyboards
  • Menus at restaurants (this applies even if you’re doing just take out)

Therefore, hand washing after touching contaminated surfaces may be the most powerful way to limit exposure. It’s also pretty easy to incorporate.

Try picking one or two activities you do daily – such as returning home after being outside – and commit to washing your hands before and/or after.

Pro tip: While using hand sanitizer is not a substitute for washing your hands, it can be useful in situations where hand washing is not an option.

2. Clean all your electronic devices every evening.

Your phone, laptop, remote controls, tablet, cameras, e-reader, gaming consoles, headphones, and any other electronic devices you use regularly will come in contact with other contaminated surfaces such as countertops.

Get in the habit of cleaning your devices – front and back – with an alcohol-based wipe. 

Pro tip: Try to wash your hands after using your phone, especially if you’re going to eat a meal or snack.

3. Power down devices one hour before bedtime

Creating a sleep routine is part of making a concerted effort to use rest as a proactive action to protect your immunity. 

Why is sleep so important? Because while one sleepless night won’t hurt, chronic sleep deprivation can take a toll on the body. In addition to fatigue, stress, irritability, cognitive impairment, imbalanced mood, memory loss, there is also connection to lowered immunity, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, blue light emitted by devices affects the body’s circadian rhythm, our natural wake and sleep cycle. “Too much blue light exposure late at night from your phone, tablet or computer can make it harder to get to sleep.” In this 2015 study, participants reading a light-emitting eBook took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock, and reduced next-morning alertness

Try creating a step-by-step “get ready for bed” routine for yourself that fits your schedule and needs, and then follow it as consistently as you can. Include all the steps you want – how you get ready for bed, when you adjust the lights, and even what time you limit your phone/laptop/TV/social media use.

Pro Tip: If you’re tired all the time or suffering from poor quality sleep, check out 4 reasons that could explain why. 

Bonus Habit:  Have Water Drinking Goals – and then hit them!

Water consumption is an important part of overall health – your body depends on it. It’s instrumental in healthy organ function, naturally improves digestion to help break down foods, and softens stools, which helps prevent constipation. 

Pro Tip: Invest in a reusable water bottle (BPA-free plastic or glass). You can fill up after you get through security, and then you can take it with you wherever you go – at coffee shops, restaurants, when at your relatives’ house.

It may take a moment to pick up the habit, but what you’re doing is creating the opportunity to drink more water. If you don’t create it, it doesn’t exist. Read here for more tips and tricks to help you drink more water.

How WellnessFX Can Help

Regular blood screening is crucial for understanding your hormones, tracking progress, and measuring your associated risk, to hopefully stop a problem before it becomes a problem.

WellnessFX is now offering a custom panel designed with your immunity in mind. This limited-time diagnostic package tests markers and panels such as:

  • CBC (Complete Blood Count), including white blood cell count and distribution of immune cells
  • hs-CRP, a marker of inflammation (which impairs the immune system)
  • Vitamin D, a core regulator of the immune system that many of us are deficient in
  • Chemistry panel (CMP), including major organ function, blood sugar, and electrolytes associated with hydration
  • Your Blood Type

Current pricing is $124 and it’s accessible for purchase through this link: 

Purchase Immunity Panel

Get the data you need in order to make educated, informed choices that fit your body’s specific and unique needs, from nutrition and lifestyle changes to hormone and risk monitoring.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Aiming For a Healthier 2020? Try These 7 Small Changes

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A big lifestyle change can seem daunting, but taking small steps can make your goal both manageable and possible.

You don’t have to wait until January 1 to take action, you can start right now. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Traveling During Cold & Flu Season? 10 Tips to Help Protect and Strengthen Your Immune System.

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If you’re traveling and managing a busier schedule during the upcoming cold and flu season, getting sick may feel inevitable. While holidays and end of year events crowd the calendar, this could mean you’re constantly: 

  • Changing your sleep, live, and working environments
  • Adjusting/forgoing your daily healthy routines and eating habits
  • In physical contact with far more objects that many others have touched

While we have a few tried and true routines that help us protect against a cold in the home or office, it’s less common to have such protection during travel, which can be even more hazardous to  your immune system.

Falling ill have to be your fate! Here are a few best practices and precautions you can work into your travel plans that may be able to help you dodge the sniffles that can drag you down. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

5 Habits Affecting Your Gut Health (are you one of these people?)

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A healthy microbiome is key to living a healthy life. When it comes to gut health and the 5 lbs of bacteria that reside in your body, researchers continue to make discoveries about its connection to a variety of diseases and conditions, from anxiety and mood to obesity and IBS.

We tapped our friends at Onegevity to collaborate and weigh in on the matter. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

The Sunshine Vitamin: Can You Get Vitamin D From Food?

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Vitamin D, a fat-soluble hormone that controls the expression of over 1,000 genes, is sometimes referred to as the sunshine vitamin. This is because our primary source is from exposure to the sun.

While your body does create vitamin D by exposing unprotected skin to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays of sunlight, the reality is that we spend more and more time indoors under artificial lighting.

Even when we do get more exposure the sun, many wear enough clothing or sunblock to decrease the production of vitamin D.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

These Tests Help You Understand Your Risk For Heart Disease

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Because June is National Men’s Health Month, we’re taking a moment to talk about the #1 Men’s Health issue, often described as a “silent killer”: Heart Disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in U.S. males, responsible for 24.4%, according to the CDC’s most recent listing (2015). Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events that occur are in men. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.