Let’s face it, this year has been rough. Now more than ever it’s important to take care of your health, so we decided we'd talk about how you can boost your immune system, and fight off infection like John Wick fighting, well, everyone.
You must be a vitamin because I cannot function without you.
Vitamins are key to help you boost your immune system but don't pick up the pills just yet. While supplements are good to fill gaps in your diet you shouldn't rely on them. Instead, get them straight from food. Look into adding foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E to your diet and you'll be stronger than ever. Vitamin C is the unsung hero of the group. Without it, your body is actually more susceptible to the household cold. Your body doesn't naturally produce Vitamin C, we know useless right, luckily there are a lot of foods that are full of vitamin C such as Oranges, broccoli, kiwifruit, kale and even parsley. Vitamin B6 is crucial for staying healthy, helping with the production of white blood cells and T cells, both of which help immune function. B6 is found in avocado's banana's pistachio's and sweet potatoes. Vitamin E is a major antioxidant and another infection-fighting powerhouse. Foods that contain a lot of vitamin E include almonds Spinach olive oil and sunflower seeds.
Moving on from vitamins and diet, the next big thing to help boost your immune system is exercise. Exercise is proven to relieve stress or slow the production of stress hormones which weaken immunity and lead to illness. We aren't saying go and run a marathon if you've had a tough day and you'll never get the flu, (this may have the adverse effect) but a moderate exercise routine such as going for a 40min walk, regularly going to the gym or playing a light sport is beneficial to your health and immunity. Not only that but the activewear you bought on sale Black Friday, will be put to good use. Winning!
If We've Said It Once
You've heard it 1000 times. Stay hydrated. We're almost positive you're sick (no pun intended) of hearing that you need to drink more water, but well (pun intended) it's true. While drinking water isn't going to directly stop you from getting sick, it is important to your general health. It makes sense that if the human body is made up of 60% water, then not getting enough of it can be detrimental to your health. Dehydration can cause fatigue and headaches or affect your mood and focus (there's that stress again). These things can all lower immunity and make you more prone to getting sick. With that in mind, just drink the water OK.
Sleep It Off Sister
We know, you've heard this one too but stay with us. It has been proven that lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep can lead to getting sick. Yes someone out there actually took the time to do a study on this - thanks guys! People who slept less than 6 hours a night in the study were more susceptible to catching a cold than others who slept more than 6 hours. If sleep is an issue for you the exercise we mentioned earlier should help as should the water, but if you're still struggling we suggest putting your phone away at least 30mins before you try and sleep, the gram can wait until tomorrow.
So there they are. Simple things you can do to boost your immune system. While these things may not defend you against the dark arts, leading a healthy lifestyle, taking note of
what you eat and making sure it is packed with vitamins, exercising regularly, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep, will definitely help your body combat any nasties. With the adversities we are all currently facing, any help you can give your body is good help.