Staying healthy is everyone’s top priority right now. While a lot of things seem out of our control, there are simple steps we can take to boost our immune systems naturally.
It goes without saying that the most important thing you can do right now is to social distance & practice proper hygiene, but these tips may also help boost your immune system now and all year round:
1. Move Daily:
Even though many of us are under stay-at-home orders, it’s still crucial to move your body in some way every day.
According to Harvard Medical School: “Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job.”
So go for a walk, dance to some music or try yoga at home.
2. Eat Fruits & Vegetables as Much as Possible
While it’s tempting to snack on comfort food during this time, cutting back on sugar and processed food can actually help bolster your immune system.
Pour yourself a big, tall glass of water! Sick of chugging plain water? For a little extra flavor & added nutrients, try adding in some fruit, veggies and herbs (think mint, strawberry or cucumber). Herbal teas are another great option for upping your hydration.
While it may seem tempting to grab for a glass of wine or a cocktail instead of water… do so in moderation.
According to a review published in the journal of Alcohol Research, high levels of alcohol consumption can weaken your body’s ability to fight infection and slow down your recovery time. So if you do drink alcohol, make sure to balance any consumption with water or herbal tea.
4. Prioritize Sleep
Now is the perfect time to get in those extra Zzzs. Your body heals while you sleep which helps your immune function.
Lack of sleep can increase levels of cortisol which is not good for your immune system & can make it harder to fight off infection. Aim to get 8 hours a night.
5. Minimize Stress
Easier said than done, right?! But the truth is that stress wreaks havoc on your immune system.
Reducing stress can be as simple as taking 1-2 minutes to close your eyes and deeply breath.
Always wanted to meditate? Now is the time to spend just a few minutes a day starting a mediation practice.
Take a break from the news, read a book or go for a walk to help reduce stress as much as possible.
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