How to safeguard your health, during this notorious season when we are so prone to getting sick? Here are some healthy tips on how to empower and strengthen your health!
It is the season of coughs, colds, infections, viruses and flu. We are constantly attacked by germs and viruses that compromise our health. While it is absolutely necessary to follow health guidelines these days, what extra can we do within our means to arm our immune system and protect our health from attack?
1 Healthy diet
A proper diet will provide our body with the nutrients and minerals necessary to maintain health.
Several whole plant foods contain antioxidants, fibre, and vitamin C, all of which may lower your susceptibility to illness.
Healthy fats like olive oil and omega-3s are highly anti-inflammatory. Since chronic inflammation can suppress your immune system, these fats may naturally combat illnesses.
Gut health and immunity are deeply interconnected. Fermented foods and probiotics may bolster your immune system by helping it identify and target harmful pathogens.
Added sugars contribute significantly to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, all of which can suppress your immune system. Lowering your sugar intake may decrease inflammation and your risk of these conditions.
2. Get enough sleep
Sleep and immunity are closely tied. In fact, inadequate or poor quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness.
Adults should aim to get 7 or more hours of sleep each night, while teens need 8–10 hours and younger children and infants up to 14 hours (3Trusted Source).
3 Don’t smoke and drink responsibly
Alcohol consumption above average has a huge impact on our immune system. Ever felt you were coming down with a cold the day after you had a big night out? Excessive drinking can also lead to development of underlining conditions that negatively influence our immunity.
Also, smoking is detrimental to us. this applies to passive smokers too so avoid environments in which you encounter smokers! Simply, do not smoke.
For our mental and physical health, exercise is essential. Moderate exercise can reduce inflammation and promote the healthy turnover of immune cells. Jogging, biking, walking, swimming, and hiking are great options.
5 Natural supplements
Make sure you’re not deficient in D3, zinc, iron and other vitamins and minerals essential to a well-balanced immune system. It is never too late to start taking D3 before the autumn and winter season kicks in!
Give us a call to discuss the best supplements – we’d love to hear from you. Call ECI Natural Health on 01 205 1050.
Source: ECI Natural Health, healthline.com – Sept 9 2020