Staying healthy is on everyone’s mind right now. If you can build your immune system up, the more likely you’ll be able to quickly fight off colds and viruses that you’re exposed to. Boosting your immune system takes consistent effort and healthy habits. As much as we wish there was, there isn’t a one time fix all that can make your immune system strong! Our immune system is complex and so many different factors impact it. Read below for the best tips and habits to build to give your body that boost it needs!
A Healthy Diet
Load up on fruits and veggies to give your body the nutrition it needs. We know sweets are tempting, but keep everything in moderation and be mindful that every meal has a fruit or vegetable as one of its key components.
Get your body moving and get your blood flowing! Set a consistent workout routine that you know you can stick with. Whether it’s walking, lifting weights, or yoga, every bit of movement counts!
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking and alcohol weakens your body, so if you’re trying to stay in tip top shape, you’ll want to avoid these substances. Even if you don’t stop completely, cutting your intake will help tremendously and give your immune system more time to bounce back.
The number one way to do this is washing your hands! Infections most typically spread from touching either another person or surface. Don’t forget the importance of general hygiene and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds for a thorough clean. Not everyone has water and soap easily available in situations where you might need a hand wash like post grocery shopping or at the park! Use individually wrapped hand sanitizing wipes for when you’re on the go.
Prioritize Mental Health
Stress is another leading factor into your immune system. If you’re stressed out then you probably aren’t eating or sleeping great. Set aside for yourself to practice more mindful activities that can help you feel good! Journaling, a spa day, talking to someone, or meditation are all great ways to clear your mind!
Catch Some Zzzz’s
Your body and immune system needs time to rest! If you aren’t getting enough rest, your body goes into overdrive and overworks your immune system. Leaving it with not much else to fight bacteria off. Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night and set restrictions on your devices if it will help you stick to your plan!
We hope these tips will help you create some new habits to keep you healthy during these times! Always pay attention to how your mind and body feels, and give it the nourishment that it needs. No one knows what you need more than you!