Keeping your immunity in good check and being your healthiest can be quite tricky when flu season comes along needless to say when there is a global epidemic going on.
5 ways to keep your immunity strong during flu season
It can feel like a scary time right now but it is so important to stay calm and implement proactive strategies to combat the things we do have knowledge of, such as the flu season around the corner. Keeping your immunity strong is one very important strategy that you can implement to minimise your risk of catching the flu. Here are five proven practices that will help you prepare your body to the best of its ability to tackle any virus that comes your way:
Eat the right foods
Eating the right foods is imperative to get your immune system functioning at its peak. By the right foods, we mean not just sticking to one or two different ‘health foods’ but making sure you are getting all the nutrients you need from a variety of different sources. Keeping it simple in the kitchen is a good way to ensure you manage all your nutrition needs, so that your body can absorb nutrients from fresh foods and no extra nasties.
Ever heard the saying ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’? Well, it’s true! Your body is an efficiency machine. It’s in your DNA. By staying active and moving you are essentially telling your body that you are preparing for something that needs a strong immunity. Have a read of ‘keeping the momentum’ blog to find out more on this topic. There are also many equipment-free exercises you can do at home in the comfort of a virus-free environment on your StrongBody app.
Besides washing your hands after touching anything and everything, now more than ever, we should all be implementing additional measures to avoid infection:
- Get the appropriate vaccine.
- Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. Turn away from other people.
- Use single-use tissues. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth as viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body.
- Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery if they have not been washed properly.
If, despite your best efforts, you do happen to get sick – stay home so that you do not spread the illness to other people.
Get optimum sleep
Health experts recommend at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night and a maximum of 1 hour nap during the day if you are feeling a bit under the weather. While you sleep your body goes into full repair mode. This will help keep your immune system in fighting shape and also protect you from other health issues including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
We all know that it is a busy time and with the hysteria surrounding the coronavirus, getting your hands on basic food supplies can be onerous. It is not recommended to rely on vitamins to supply your nutrient needs but it is a good idea to keep a back up of essential vitamins and minerals that support immunity function for the times you can’t get all your nutrients from your food. Some key vitamins and minerals that you can take for immunity function support include:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
- Folic Acid
There you have it your top five tips to keep your immunity at peak strength!
Stay Strong Warriors,