Take these 6 easy steps to become more resilient
Here’s a few simple things you can do (or stop doing) to boost your immune system and stay healthy and happy in challenging times.
START/MAINTAIN A HEALTHY NUTRITION PLAN
Just like you need food to function at your best, so does your immune system! Having lots of micronutrients, essential nutrients, mineral-rich food, and protein in your daily diet help it perform at its best.
IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR SLEEP
Remember, a tired body and immune system is a weak body and immune system. It’s vital you get into deep REM sleep to allow your body to shut down, de-stress, and reboot for the next battle!
AVOID TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL
Firstly, excessive alcohol consumption impairs the immune system because most of the body’s energy is being expended on flushing out your system. Our lungs are extremely vulnerable and an easy target for respiratory viruses. Smoking damages your lungs, undermines basic immune defenses, and raises the risk of bronchitis, pneumonia, and more.
INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is one of the first vitamins to be depleted in drinkers, smokers, athletes partaking in long, strenuous events, and overweight individuals. It also has a hard time getting absorbed into your body from the foods you eat too.
BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Although it might be tempting to lock yourself away, activity hugely improves your immune system and your body’s ability to respond to attacks. Try to do 30 minutes of exercise that makes you sweat a day. Just remember to wash your hands after you’ve gone outside!
SOAK UP SUNSHINE
We need Vitamin D to help our bodies produce antibodies, keep us energized, and reduce the risk of respiratory problems and infections. The sun is one of the best natural producers of Vitamin D, and going out in it for just 10-15 minutes a day will do wonders for your immune system.