(BPT) – Life gets crazy busy. The key to powering through your to-do list is not only doing your best, but also being your best — physically and mentally. This season try taking a proactive approach to supporting a healthy immune system. With the help of this four-step routine, you’ll feel great knowing you’ll be up for anything.

Step 1: Build your foundation

Loading up on vitamin C is one common way to support immunity, but there is so much more we can do to support our body’s defenses every day, such as replenishing your sunshine vitamin – also known as vitamin D. It not only supports strong bones and heart health but also helps support your immune system.

You can also look at dietary sources of vitamin D, including fish, mushrooms and egg yolks. And you can help fill any gaps in your diet with Nutrilite™ Vitamin D.

Supporting your gut health is also important when it comes to achieving optimal health. Probiotic foods that replace the good bacteria in your gut include yogurt, pickles, kefir, and sauerkraut.

Step 2: Stay prepared

Now that your immune system has a good foundation, you’ll need antioxidant protection for your natural defense system.

One good way is to make sure you’re eating colorful fruits and vegetables. Keep them in the refrigerator or pantry for grab-and-go convenience. Antioxidant-packed blueberries, citrus fruits rich in vitamin C, copper- and iron-filled spinach, and garlic all have immune system benefits.

Holy basil and zinc also help support your natural defenses and support respiratory health. You can find these nutrients in Nutrilite™ Immunity Defense.† For 3-in-1 support, Nutrilite™ Go Shield gummies have a blend of elderberry, zinc and vitamin C.† Finally, Nutrilite™ Extended-Release Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection for your immune system.†

Step 3: Get back on track

If you’re feeling a bit off, there are things you can do to get back on track. Listen to what your body is telling you and be mindful of what could be pulling you off track. You may need to add extra self-care to your daily routine. Try products that contain valuable botanicals, like Nutrilite™ Immunity Echinacea†, to support your body’s defense system. The seeds, flower and root of the echinacea plant have long been used for therapeutic purposes.

Staying hydrated is also key. Good hydration supports the body’s immune system, helps skin health, and keeps our mind sharp and our days productive. Water is the best way to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drink it from the tap, bottle or purifier or try mix-ins like Nutrilite™ Twist Tubes 2GO™ – Immunity Health† to improve the flavor with key nutrients.

Step 4: Establish healthy habits

Establishing healthy habits is key to maintaining physical and mental health.

Exercise is important for your immune system because it helps flush out toxins from your body. Commit to doing some sort of physical activity every day to keep your body moving. Try online workouts, lunchtime walks or challenge yourself with a couch to 5k!

Not getting enough sleep can weaken our body’s defenses. Establishing a good sleep routine, like taking a break from screens before bedtime and relaxing with hot tea and yoga stretches, will signal to your brain that it’s time to “power off” so you get restorative rest your body needs.

Many of us experience stress on a daily basis. Stress can suppress the power of our immune systems, so finding ways to cope is extremely important. Self-care is key. Try taking a bath, lighting your favorite candle, watching something that makes you laugh, meditating, or journaling to manage your stress levels.

And of course, make sure you’re eating right. Foods like whole grains, dairy, meat, beans and many fruits and vegetables are all part of a healthy diet.

Strengthen your inner nature

Now that you have a plan, why not get started on your immunity routine right away? You can find everything you need to get started with the Nutrilite™ brand’s wide selection of vitamins and supplements for immunity health.

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.