7 Effective Home Remedies to Strengthen Your Immune System 39

7 Effective Home Remedies to Strengthen Your Immune System

This is a guest post by Alex, whose writing helps everyone to find home remedies and health strategies that work for them in everyday life.

Your immune system is actually your main weapon to fight against different kinds of diseases and viruses.

The stronger your immune system, the harder it will be for you to be sick or infected with unwanted illnesses.

However, it takes a lot of effort and patience for you to have a strong immunity. More of than not, you need to have a balanced diet, proper hygiene, fit and healthy lifestyle, and the list goes on for you to obtain a very efficient and effective immune system.

Now, you may be wondering if there are simple and more effective ways to strengthen this. Apparently, there are home remedies nowadays you could fully maximize and utilize.

These are convenient since most of the ingredients are the usual ones being used at homes and residential areas. Through and by these, you are more enabled to utilize your immune system.

Here are some:

1. Drinking green tea.

Did you know that drinking green tea is by and large a great and efficient tool to boost your immunity?

It contains epigallocatechin gallate, a flavonoid that prevents you from getting sick and being infected with bacteria and viruses. Together with that, it stimulates the production of immune cells in your body.

Moreover, green tea is a very good source of anti-oxidants that really contributes to making your overall wellness and health condition a lot better.

It is always advisable for you to consume one cup a day.

2. Add ginger to your diet.

Similarly, ginger is always found in your kitchen since this is a spice being added up to different kinds of meals.

Well, adding ginger to your diet on a regular basis can apparently help you strengthen your immune system in general. It is a very strong anti-oxidant that fights many diseases and illnesses.

Alongside its anti-oxidant feature, ginger actually treats many kinds of diseases and health concerns.

A cup of ginger tea on a daily basis can largely help you and your immune system.

3. Eat probiotic yogurt.

Consuming yogurt every morning is actually a very helpful tool in boosting your immune system since it contains vitamin D.

Aside from that, yogurts have probiotic factors that fight and prevent different kinds of diseases and viruses.

Studies show that people who consume probiotic yogurt daily experiences less stress and less risks to such viruses.

In addition, it has been found that yogurts can actually make you happy.

4. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

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As always, fruits and vegetables will never be out of the list. These are usually the main type of foods that you need to consume in order for you to have a stronger and healthier body.

They are very rich in vitamins, nutrients, anti-oxidants, and other ingredients that keep you in top shape.

Consuming regularly large amounts of fruits and vegetables will likely lessen the risks of getting sick and ill too.

5. Managing a healthy balance of minerals.

In relation to consuming vitamins and minerals, know that too much of these is not actually beneficial to your body.

For instance, if you intake too much of vitamin A, this weakens your immune system. Hence, you still need to manage a healthy and balanced diet.

Balance and consistency are key in this case.

6. Get enough sleep.

Same principles apply for matters relating to sleep. You have to always get enough sleep.

Sleep and rest can actually contribute a lot to your overall wellness and health condition.

It is important for you to note that the lack of sleep and rest can largely deteriorate your health and weaken your immune system.

Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep regularly.

7. Do stress out activities.

Aside from the food consumption, another factor that can really help you boost your immune system is to do activities that are intended to decrease stress levels.

Stress is actually a huge factor to deteriorating your health and immune system. It’s good to try several exercises to fight off stress and flush out similar hormones.

All these may appear as simple and easy remedies, but know that if you put your determination and will, they will have the effect you expect. It is important to know that boosting your immune system always entails effort.

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The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience

Providing a flawless customer experience is the ultimate goal for any business.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a customer experience that keeps your clients coming back for more. In fact, there’s so much involved that it can almost seem overwhelming.

However, providing a flawless customer experience becomes much easier when you approach the task through these five distinct elements:

Time
Understanding
Ownership of Emotions
The Unexpected
Follow-Through

Time

When it comes to your customers’ satisfaction, time is essential. Think of how a great experience at a new restaurant quickly sours if you’re left waiting for your food to arrive. Think of how your excitement over a great department store sale turns into frustration as you stand in line for what seems like hours.

Time is your most valuable resource and it is up to you to make sure you’re using your customers’ time wisely.

This is why restaurants have comfortable waiting areas with drinks and appetizers, or why airports have lounges with restaurants, shops, and even bars.

If your customers are being forced to wait for a service, make them feel as if their time spent is not wasted. The more positive drivers you offer customers, the less likely they are to grow dissatisfied with their experience.

Think of how you can implement this in your own business. Are there places where you can help fill customers’ time? Are there places where technology can be used to cut down on the time it takes to complete a task? Remember, it’s the customers’ time that should be valued, not your own.

Understanding

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You must understand what your customers want, when they want it, and how.

While this may seem daunting, getting a better understanding of your customers doesn’t take millions of dollars, complex data analytics, and a degree in psychology. Instead, all it takes is a simple look. Watch their process, engage with them, ask them questions, and listen to them.  

How are customers interacting with your product? What’s the first thing they do when they enter your store? What’s the last thing they do before they leave? How long are they spending in each department? Do you notice anything that hampers their experience?

Take a look at your competitors. How are your potential customers interacting with them? What does this business offer that you don’t or vice versa? What is your, as Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen says, “job to be done?” What are your customers hiring your product or service to accomplish? Understand why your users are turning to your products.

Ownership of Emotions

Many companies have already taken hold of their customers’ emotions, though cynically. Subliminal advertising is a key example. However, the ownership of emotions does not have to be cynical. When used correctly, it can be the “holy grail” for companies.

Owning emotions begins with the aforementioned ability to understand. When you truly understand a customer’s choices and then act to make the experience better, you’re building a relationship of trust. That trust is the foundation of emotional ownership.

One way to build this trust is to reduce the “emotional” noise that surrounds your customers. Let them know that, even on their worst day, your business or product is there for them and that it will be a constant in their lives.

Think of restaurants and the long wait times you have to endure when they’re busy. Think of how angry—or “hangry”—you feel as you stand around, waiting for your table, and listening to your stomach growl. However, think of how some restaurants are able to reduce that emotional noise by serving you finger foods and drinks as you wait.

Also, seek to understand what emotionally motivates your customers.

Why should they be motivated to visit your store or use your product? To feel confident? Free? Unique? Secure? Successful? Research shows that all human beings are motivated by one of those factors.

The Unexpected

Experiences become stronger and more memorable when they’re accompanied by an element of surprise. Surprise can be addictive, which will only keep your customers coming back for more.

Think about mailing your customers or clients small packages with gifts and swag. Everyone loves to get mail and everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s least expected.

A surprise doesn’t have to be a huge flash mob (though it could be!). Hand out snacks at your store. Is it a cold day? Give your customers hot chocolate or warm punch. Is it a client’s birthday? Send a card! Even a small note of thanks for a customer’s business is a nice little surprise.

The most important thing to remember: simply be sincere and don’t become predictable. Chocolates on hotel pillows were once a great surprise for guests. However, now that their wow-factor has faded, hotels are continuously trying to get back to the “unexpected.”

Follow-Through

You’ve made promises and established goals. The only thing that’s left is to follow through on them. This starts with creating your mission statement, one that you, your employees, and your customers can commit to it. This will define your customer experience.

Your mission statement must promise to impact yourself/your business, the community, or the world. It may commit to impacting one, or all three. However, whatever it promises, you must follow through on. Your customers’ trust, and thus their experience, depends on it.

More about these five elements can be discovered in Unforgettable: Designing Customer Experiences that Stick, to be published in 2018.

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Kyle H. David has made a career in technology and entrepreneurship for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he formed The Kyle David Group, now KDG. Over the past 16 years, KDG has grown at a rapid pace, attracting clients ranging from the United States Senate to major financial institutions, international nonprofits, and Division I universities.