Strengthen Your Immune Health
Your diet and lifestyle play a major role in the strength of your immune health & overall well-being. Daily choices, routines & habits can begin to weaken your immune system making you more susceptible to disease-causing bacteria & organisms as well as other harmful pathogens. By strengthening your body’s natural defense system you can help protect yourself against major illnesses, colds & more. That being said, what are some things you can do to help strengthen your immune system & keep your health protected?
Get Those Zzzzzz
Sleep is one of the most important contributing factors when it comes to your mental & physical health. Your body needs an adequate amount of sleep regularly so that it can function at its best. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night as an adult and even more, for teenagers & children can greatly help to ensure your immune system stays as strong as possible.
You Are What You Eat
Your diet is a huge factor in your overall health & well-being. Eating a diet rich in whole foods such as fruits & vegetables and consuming healthy fats & limiting sugar can greatly help increase your immune strength. This means staying away from processed foods, fried foods & others high in saturated & unhealthy fats. Remember everything in moderation & balance is key.
Get Out & Move
You don’t need to exercise just to lose weight or build muscle, daily movement or getting out and walking, running, swimming, or riding a bike is so important for both your mental & physical health. Try to aim for moderate exercise at least 3-4 times a week. A great side effect is the muscle you can gain & extra calories you might shed keeping you feeling your best.
Life can be very stressful at times and often stressful circumstances can be out of our control. But stress is one of the leading causes of weakened immune health & other diseases. Limiting your stress levels as much as possible will not only make life a lot easier, your health, in general, depends on it. Try to incorporate a little stress-relief time into your day. Read a book, meditate, take a yoga class or go for a walk outdoors. Find your best form of a healthy stress-relief outlet and make it a habit.
Our bodies rely on water & hydration for a lot of important bodily & brain functions. It is so important to make sure you are staying hydrated with healthy beverages. Consuming energy drinks, sports drinks, soda & juices that are packed full of other additives, sugar, sodium & caffeine does not help with hydration. Try to get in at least 8 glasses of water a day if not more. Your mental clarity & overall daily function will thank you for it.