Did you know your hot tub can not only help you live a healthier lifestyle, it can bolster your immune system to boot? By incorporating your spa and other healthy living practices into your regular routine, you can strengthen your immunity and improve your overall wellness.
So, if your goal is to stay healthier this cold and flu season, read on for four great tips on how to do just that.
1. Regular Spa Use
If you’re looking for an easy way to fortify your immune system, your spa could be just the ticket.
A daily 20-30 minute dip in your hot tub is one of the most pleasurable ways to strengthen your body’s defenses against colds and viruses.
The secret lies in the heat of the water. As your body warms and your blood flow accelerates, your white blood cell production increases too. As your bloodstream carries these tiny yet powerful cells throughout the body, you’re better able to fight against infection and disease.
Soaking in heated water also helps your body to detoxify itself naturally.
As your temperature rises, blood and lymph fluid begin to circulate more quickly, causing you to shed impurities and toxins through perspiration.
2. Eating the Right Foods
Who says taking vitamins is the only way to boost your immune system? The consumption of super foods can play a huge role in your overall immunity.
At the top of the list is red bell pepper. High in vitamin C, this along with citrus fruits, can help you fend off the typical fall or winter flues and colds.
Also loaded with vitamin C, as well as vitamins A and E, beta carotene and fiber, broccoli and spinach should be consumed as often as possible. Not only are they among the top 15 super foods, the antioxidants they offer support healthy cell and tissue growth.
Also making the list are garlic, ginger, turmeric, green tea, yogurt, almonds, sunflower seeds, papaya, kiwi, poultry and shellfish.
3. Being Active
Regular exercise is a part of any healthy lifestyle. It makes you stronger and helps to manage weight and stress. But did you know that it also offers a generous boost to your immune system? When you exercise hard enough to sweat and elevate your heart rate, your circulation is improved and germ-fighting white blood cells are pushed throughout the body.
How you exercise is really a matter of personal preference. As long as you’re able to increase your heart rate at least three to four times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes, your immune system will reap the benefits.
4. Minimize Stress
Stress can have a major impact on your health. It can make you sick, sore and tired, so it’s no surprise that being stressed out is horrible for your immune system.
Indulging in self-care — such as using your spa daily, booking regular massages and making time for hobbies can help you to relax and unwind. Getting enough rest and keeping your schedule realistic can also help.
The bottom line is this: be kind to your body and it will be kind to you.
Legacy Hot Tubs
Legacy Hot Tubs wants to help you live your healthiest life. That’s why we offer only the highest quality spas and Jacuzzi® hot tubs to our customers. Whether you’re on the hunt for an outdoor hot tub, spa accessories or hot tub parts, come see us at our Sarasota showroom. One of our experts would be happy to help you find exactly what you need.