Over the past year and a half dealing with covid-19 we have learn how important it is to have a healthy immune system with winter approaching we are also at risk of getting the flu.
There are several ways we can boost our immune system which are listed below:
- Eat a plant-based diet. – A diet high in fruits and vegetables. Zinc, magnesium, vitamin D and B and copper are important micronutrients which can be found in mushroom and green leafy vegetables. If you suspect your diet is not providing you with micronutrients, then take a multivitamin supplement.
- Exercise regularly. – Studies have shown exercising at least 30 minutes a day decreases blood pressure, controls body weight and makes our immune system healthier.
- Decrease stress levels. – Performing daily meditation or mindfulness has been shown to boost our immune system. There are phone apps, like calm or headspace which can assist us in performing daily meditation.
- Get adequate sleep. – You should aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep a day to allow our body to recharge. Melatonin a sleep promoting hormone that is produced at night can counteract stress and inflammation. During sleep, muscle activity and breathing slows down which frees up energy for the immune system to work more effectively. By choosing a healthy lifestyle and remembering to wash our hands frequently we can prevent infection. Vaccines also prime your immune system to help fight off infection.
By boosting our immune system and getting vaccinated we can protect our self against covid-19.
Dr Nicole Sookhan