Keeping your body’s immunity in check before your big day is probably number 1 on your to do list. (We hope!) You might spend months or even years of your life planning a memorable day. To what? Feel stressed through the entire thing? Fall ill?

Incorporate these incredibly simply immunity boosters into your daily routine. We promise you will feel better than ever. You might even keep these habits after your event!

We compiled this list based on the opinions of experts. 

Committing to a Multivitamin

You might feel great, which is awesome! And you might also see yourself as someone who doesn’t need a multivitamin. I know, you’d rather get all the good stuff from food–fruit and veggies, of course! But, the truth is, it isn’t a perfect world. The average healthy person is going to mess up from time to time. We’re human.

Taking a multivitamin can make sure you’re covering all those bases of nutrients on the days where all you’ve consumed is a coffee from Dunkin at 3pm. We get it. We have been there. 

Don’t cut corners. Show up for yourself and build your immunity. Our ultimate favorite multivitamin is the liquid one by Mary Ruth’s Organics. It has everything you could ever ask for and more in a multivitamin, including your b12 for the day!

Do just this one thing for yourself and commit to it. You will prevent everything from the common cold to the flu! The body is miraculous, and a little can go a long way.

Boost Immunity by Staying Hydrated

We all know water is good for us. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to drink more of it. Life gets busy. Sometimes, we forget to drink enough water. When you stay hydrated, this helps your mucus membranes in the nose stay moist. That way, they can easily catch invaders before entering the body. Basically, it helps your immunity more than we tend to realize.

If you aren’t a fan of water, we understand. Why not make staying hydrated more fun? 

  • Add fruit like lemon, lime, cucumbers, or berries to your water to give it a little flavor.
  • Opt for smoothies made using whole fruits.
  • Invest in hydration packets. A lot of them have electrolytes + immune-boosting blends.
  • Eat fruits and veggies with a high water content like watermelon, celery, berries, peaches, etc. Plus, foods like these are low-calorie and packed with anxtioxidants. It’s a win win!
  • Get one of those thermos’ that help you track your water intake throughout the day. The ones that measure how much you should drink hour by hour.
  • Set an alarm on your phone for a few times throughout the day. Small sips here and there make a difference!

Build Immunity: Take a Methylated B12 Supplement

B12 is a water-soluble nutrient the body requires for proper functioning. When a person is deficient in this nutrient, they may experience a range of symptoms. From fatigue to brain fog to trouble focusing, This could negatively impact your immunity and your body’s ability to fight disease. B12 supplementation is important for everyone, vegan or not.

Take your B12 in the morning. It’s important for energy metabolism. It might interrupt your sleep if taken too late in the evening.

Some benefits of B12 according to

  • Helps with red blood cell formation and anemia prevention
  • May prevent major birth defects
  • Could support bone health and prevent osteoporosis
  • Might improve depression
  • May reduce risk of macular degeneration

When opting for your B12 supplement, make sure you check that it’s a vegan one! We also recommend getting a methylated B12. Some people have trouble digesting B12s that are not.

Be Strict With how Much You’re Sleeping for the Sake of Immunity

We know that the average adult requires at least seven hours of sleep per night. Sometimes, it’s just not going to happen. Especially if you’re struggling with insomnia and a head full of ideas about your big day! What many people don’t focus on is that we need 3 full hours of REM sleep per night. This is what makes all the difference to the proper functioning of the body. It is a major player in how good your immunity is.

REM sleep is when healing and memory consolidation happens. You know, the important stuff.

How can we successfully get more REM sleep on a regular basis? When we are planning a major life event? When we have 100 things on our mind at any given moment?

You can develop a sleep schedule and create a sleep-friendly environment. One of complete darkness, and not too hot. Make sure you aren’t consuming too much sugar and/or caffeine close to bed. 

And try to limit screentime around an hour before you hit the hay. Never fall asleep with the tv on. According to Harvard, blue light is proven to reduce melatonin production in the body. Try meditation. Check out the best ones we came up with here.

Your Immune System Needs You to Move Your Body

A little goes a long way, right? We all know how beneficial exercise is for us. When life gets busy, going to the gym falls to the bottom of the never-ending to-do list for most.

Movement doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. There are so many small ways to incorporate movement. You can even break it up into small chunks throughout your day.

  • Go for a walk at anytime of day
  • Make time for a morning or evening stretch
  • Park a little further from your destination
  • Opt for stairs instead of elevator
  • Search Youtube for a beginner-friendly 10 minute workout
  • Have a dance party just for fun
  • Enjoy an outdoor activity like hiking, biking, etc.

You will have more free time on some days. If you can squeeze just ten minutes of mindful movement into your day, every day, it will make a world of difference. Your immunity will thank you.

Plus, don’t you want to be your fittest for the big event? That way you can be the life of the party on the dance floor.

Your Health + Immunity is in Your Hands

Taking responsibility for your health is probably one of the bravest things you can do. You know why? It takes courage. Sacrifice. Consistent efforts even when you’re just going through the motions. 

Planning an event takes a long time. Why get sick and let all your efforts go to waste? You deserve to enjoy the process of event planning to the fullest. When you’re feeling run-down, come back to the basics and do what you know is good for you. Practice these small, yet effective changes into your daily routine. Most of them will become a habit in no time!

We promise you won’t regret it!

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