While you may think that the cold and flu season is over, it can actually linger up through April and even May. As someone who has been sick during those months, I thought that it would be a great idea to share some tips on how to boost your immune system and make sure you’re not sick in bed during the really nice weather.
Some of these tips seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a good idea to keep them in mind on the daily. If you don’t have enough time in your day to get them all in, it’s good practice to try as much as you can. Even the simplest of these can be fit in during your daily routine.
Regular exercise can not only reduce stress, it can also cut your chances of getting sick by nearly half! Just about 20 minutes of exercise can reduce inflammation which helps your immune system. Don’t have time to hit the gym? You can boost your immune system and reduce stress by simply taking a brisk walk.
Restore Good Bacteria
People who generally have more healthy bacteria in their stomachs tend to be sick less. Probiotics (found in yogurt) help strengthen cells in the immune system. Add a cup of yogurt to your breakfast, lunch or snack.
Add Some Vitamin D
Vitamin D fuels your body’s T cells. These cells fight bacteria and viruses. It’s been proven that half of people develop a vitamin D deficiency by the end of winter. By adding more food to your diet rich in vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, milk and eggs, you can retain your vitamin D supply and ward off sickness.
Spend Time Outside
It doesn’t matter if you enjoy taking a walk in the park or just like to sit outside. It’s a proven fact that spending time outdoors cna help protect you from a range of health issues. It lessens the stress and relaxes you.
Fruits and veggies contain antioxidants that keep the immune system going. It neutralizes free radicals and has also been found that soluble fiber (like what’s found in fruits, vegetables, oats and nuts) help reduce inflammation and strengthens your immune system.
Use a humidifier in your bedroom by keeping a basin of water beside your bed to prevent your mucous membranes from drying out. Dry membranes can cause you to be more vulnerable to infection.
Get Some Sleep
The more sleep you get, the more functioning your immune system is going to be. Your goal should be to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. You may think that it is impossible to get that amount of sleep every night and you’re right, but there are things that you can do to unwind and relax your mind. One thing to try is to go without your phone or television a couple of hours before you go to bed. (As hard as that may be for some of us!)
Do you have any tips for fighting off sickness? Share in the comments below!