As winter rolls on we’re truly in the middle of bug season! Whether there’s flu going around work, or sniffles at school, it’s time to give the ol’ immune system a little boost! Here are a few ways to give yourself a fighting chance against a runny nose!
Sleep your way to a healthier you:
Being in a grouchy mood is not the only setback that a lack of sleep will give you. According to the National Institute of Health, the average adult needs between 7-8 hours’ of sleep each night in order to arise bright-eyed and bushy tailed the next day. Regularly getting under the recommended amount of shut-eye will not only make your next day an uphill struggle, but also wreak havoc on your immune system.
Get regular exercise:
Exercise is truly one of the greatest medicines in the world as it can prevent us from getting ill in the first place! Getting regular moderate exercise is one of the pillars of good health, and has been proven to lower blood pressure, control body weight and protect us against a whole host of diseases. If you’re looking to boost your immune system try exercising 3 days a week for 30 minutes and see how much better you feel for it!
Eat the right foods:
What you put into your body is what you get out, and the kinder you’re to it, the better it will treat you! Consuming too much salty and sugary junk food will not only stick to your hips, but also dampen the power of your immune system cells that attack bacteria, leaving you more susceptible to the next flu floating around the office. To give your body the ultimate defence try eating fruits and vegetables such as oranges, sweet potatoes and broccoli which are high in vitamin C. Kale is a great example of this, so read our post all about it to find out more about this legendary leaf.
Whilst having a few days of quality time to yourself can do wonders for the body and mind, keeping yourself cooped up for too long can have a detrimental effect on your health. Having meaningful connections with others is enjoyable, and socialising with friends not only brings us entertainment but also helps to bring down our stress levels. Chronic stress has been proven to send your hormones into overdrive, contributing to rapid weight gain/loss, as well as suppressing the immune system. If you’ve got no plans this weekend then pick up the phone and get some friends together!
Laugh like you mean it:
Laughing is a very powerful weapon in the war against sickness. When you smile and laugh endorphins are released by your body that lower your stress levels and make you feel on top of the world! As well as this, laughing also helps by boosting the volume of bodily white-blood cells that fight against infection. Laugh it up, and feel great!