Simple ways to boost your immune system, in the midst of a crazy outbreak, and every day!
1. REMAIN ACTIVE
Getting in a workout triggers your body to circulate antibodies and white blood cells, which helps them to attack foreign bodies and anything threatening your health. Additionally, moving your body lowers stress hormones, and just by raising your body temperature you are more likely to kill off the germs that may be infecting your air. If you don’t have access to a gym or are travelling, it’s important to get in at least 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day; this can be a
walk around your neighborhood or an in-home workout.
2. EAT WELL
A physician from the Cleveland Clinic stated that nearly 80% of our immune system is in the gut; so when we consume healthy foods that nourish our bodies, we are more likely to fight off infections and maintain health.
What foods to avoid:
- Processed meats
- Excessive alcohol
- High fructose corn syrup
- Refined carbohydrates
What foods to consume more of:
- Citrus fruits
- Low fat yogurt
- Sweet potatoes
- Fatty fish
The CDC recommends using warm water and soap and lathering your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing off; this practice will kill and hopefully prevent the spread of germs. It is also recommended to do so before eating as well as after you touch any public surfaces (doorknobs, countertops, handles, etc.). It’s no surprise that having a thorough hygiene routine
will help improve your immune system, but coupled with eating well and remaining active is what will almost guarantee a protected immune system.