Entering rehabilitation for an addiction can be one of the most important aspects of our lives. Making the decision to restore our body to optimal health in mind, body, and spirit takes a lot of challenging work, persistence, support, and dedication. Whether you have just began your journey to recovery or you have been working towards your recovery for a long time, your immune system plays an important part.
Having a strong immune system means that you are prepping your body for optimal recovery and that you are taking preventative measures to avoid getting the flu or another related illness. Alina Petre, MS, RD, and writer for Healthline, a website that provides health-related news, provided last year several healthy foods to jump-start your immune system:
- Iron-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, legumes, nuts, seeds, cruciferous vegetables and dry fruit
- Pro-biotic rich foods such as sauerkraut, naturally fermented pickles, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, kimchi, tempeh, and miso
- Citrus fruit such as bell peppers, guava, dark leafy greens, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, papaya, and snap peas
- Ginger – helps fight respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) and has anti-nausea effects as well
- Garlic – thought to help prevent cold and flu, as well as bacterial and viral infections
- Berries – rich in polyphenols, this compounds with antimicrobial properties and reduces your chances of getting ill after major bouts of exercise
- Coconut oil – may fight off the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, sinuses, dental cavities, food poisoning and urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Of course, nutrition isn’t all that’s required to keep an immune system healthy. WebMD notes that sleeping 7-8 hours each night, exercising approximately 30 minutes each day, and taking part in self-care activities to reduce stress as effective ways to boost the immune system. Reader’s Digest states that laughter, vitamin C, staying warm and avoiding sugar as a few other ways to maintain a healthy immune system. Thankfully, many rehabilitation centers offer components such as exercise programs and dietary aides that help you build these vital aspects of healthy living.
If you are looking for a treatment center that promotes integration of mind, body, and spirit, call us today at 866-855-4202. New Vista Behavioral Health has several home-like centers with licensed, experienced health care professionals who will work with you on your journey to recovery. You are not alone. New Vista Behavioral Health believes in client-focused treatment, meaning that we will work with you to determine exactly what your needs are. Take that first step towards your recovery today.