If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that washing our hands, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing are the best ways to stop the spread of infections. But there are even more ways to boost your immune system! Here are five top tips from health experts
1 Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
Inadequate nutrition is one of the main contributors to weak immune defences. Eating a well-balanced, and low-fat diet will give your immune system a significant boost. Home remedies such as Herbal teas, ginger shots, bone broth, turmeric and cumin spice blends can also support your wellbeing with their remarkable naturally-occurring antioxidants.
2 Supplement your diet
Experts generally agree we should get all the nutrients we need through food. Vitamins and supplements may fill some gaps in your diet, but it’s always best to ensure your nutrient intake aligns with your specific dietary needs. Of course, the best supplement is water! Drinking at least two litres of water per day is proven to generate significant long term health benefits. Staying hydrated increases our body’s ability to expel toxins and bacteria to keep diseases away naturally.
3 Exercise regularly
Regular exercise strengthens antibodies, reduces inflammation, increases blood flow, and helps our systems expel bacteria from our airways. It is also proven to reduce stress and anxiety while improving our moods. In other words, it’s a great way to boost immune defences! Have a look at our five bodyweight exercises to get started.
4 Control stress levels
According to a Berkley study, a little stress is normal and may increase cognitive performance. However, prolonged stress takes its toll on our immune systems. Practice our breathing exercises or try our five ways to manage stress to help alleviate tension.
5 Get restful sleep
Sleep is your superpower according to Matt Walker’s TED Talk in which he dives into the importance of a good night’s rest. Sleep is fundamental to many of our bodily functions, including immune activity. German researchers found that sleep improves the activity of T cells, a specific type of immune cell group that fights against flu, HIV, herpes, and cancer cells. Follow our five tips to help you sleep better.