Oh how we love the cool wind of fall on our warm summer skin, and we even love the feeling of getting all bundled up and ready for the cold to come. But we know we have to protect ourselves on the inside, too. Do you ever think about your immune system? The time to plan for keeping it healthy is now.

What is your immune system anyway? Simply put, it’s a large collection of different cells that have a primary goal to protect your body and attack foreign organisms or matter. It’s your natural defence system against the elements around you and your job is to keep it healthy and fit. Are upi ready to transition into the new season? Sure you are. All you need are some smart strategies.

10 Strategies to Follow if You Want a Strong Immune System

1. Exercise on a daily basis 

10 Strategies to Keep Your Immune System Strong All Year LongWHAT? The minimum amount of time you should exercise is a half hour of walking continuously.

WHY? Doing so will ensure that you increase oxygenation to tissues as well as deliver vitamins minerals and hormones to these cells.

2. Get yourself a good deep restorative sleep

WHAT? Your sleep should be at least six hours every night.

WHY? Sleep deprivation not only makes us tired, but decreases function in almost all organs, making us feel lethargic and unable to get the most out of our days.

3. Keep chemicals and preservatives out of your diet

10 Strategies to Keep Your Immune System Strong All Year LongWHAT? Eat as organically as possible, with your diet comprised of a variety of vegetables, fruits and good protein sources.

WHY? The more thought you put into your diet, the better you’ll feel.

4. Test your blood for vitamins, minerals, and hormones

WHAT? Thousands of studies over many years have described that vitamin deficiency is correlated with degenerate disease.

WHY? This test will guide you as to exactly what nutrients you’re deficient in, and what you should take.

5. Do not smoke cigarettes

WHAT? This is a no brainer. Cigarettes contain thousands of dangerous chemicals, which can lead to a low immune system.

WHY? You’re more likely to live longer without them.

6. Be careful with exposure to alcohol

WHAT? Too much alcohol can have the variety of effects that are hurtful to the body.

WHY? Maintaining a balance keeps you healthy.

7. Maintain a clean home environment

WHAT? In areas where you spend the most time, make sure that surfaces are cleaned with products that can kill germs or viruses. Use HEPA filtration systems to capture particulate matter including dust, allergens or organisms that can make you ill.

WHY? If you’re going to get sick, let it be from germs you can’t control.

8. Wash your hands

10 Strategies to Keep Your Immune System Strong All Year LongWHAT? Do it thoroughly a few times during the day and avoid other people that have chronic infection, flu or a virus.

WHY? Because you only want to pass on the good stuff.

9. Try to minimize stress, anxiety and irritability

WHAT? Taking a break for a few minutes during a stressful day can make the stress response much less progressive.

WHY? None of us needs more stress. Life is stressful enough.

10. Visit your doctor for routine testing and physical exams

WHAT? If you think it’s been too long, then it probably has, and don’t be shy to check in just because.

WHY? You always want to be aware of what is going on with your body.

Dr. Christopher Calapai is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. 

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