Life is abnormal at the minute and the lack of routine may be throwing your healthy habits out of the window. Sleeping patterns are all over the place, it’s difficult to exercise, and for some booze and junk food feels like an easy way to cheer themselves up.
Approximately 70 percent of your entire immune system is based in your gut so is vital to keep it healthy. Your immune system provides resistance to infection and toxins and we could all use that now more than ever!
Here are 6 tips to help boost your immune system while you’re self isolating:
It’s important stay rested and refreshed to help keep your immune system working effectively to fight off bad bacteria. Your daily routine may feel a little out of kilter at the moment, but try to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night if possible, even if it means going to bed a little earlier!
Staying in doors all day away from the sunshine can bring your mood down, and this negatively affects your immune system. It’s important to do things that help lift your spirits and tackle stress. If your home has now become your office, we also suggest practising some simple mindfulness exercises or winding down by reading a book to help you switch off and feel more relaxed.
Exercise can not only improve your physical health but it also makes you feel good. Physical movement keeps your immune system strong. Exercise is also a known stress reliever and can help you feel happier and healthier during these uncertain times. If you don’t have a garden, try clearing a space in your living room and doing some mat exercises, such as yoga or Pilates.
The Activ8 Health and Fitness Home Workout Hub can help you keep active!
If you’re virtually meeting up with your mates with a bottle of beer in your hand instead of going to the pub, it might be time to do this less often or not at all.
The occasional glass of red wine has been shown to have certain health benefits, but remember to drink in moderation as alcoholic drinks contain a lot of sugar. This can feed bad bacteria and make you feel even worse. If you do enjoy a couple of drinks, make sure you rehydrate with lots of water.
Staying hydrated is crucial in regulating our body temperature and maintaining many bodily functions. Keeping hydrated is essential for all aspects of health, including supporting our bodily microbiomes and immune system, ensures that we are naturally flushing out any toxins or ‘bad bugs’ and helps our digestive system to work better.
IT is recommended that you get your fix of vitamin C and D. Vitamins are important for immune function, especially vitamin C – find this in broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, orange juice, papaya, peppers, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes, raw if possible. This vitamin is so important for immunity that many people take a supplement during the cold season.
Vitamin D is another vitamin often deficient when we experience a lack of sunshine. Dietary sources include oily fish, eggs, and mushrooms, though again supplements are useful here. You might also wish to try some live cultures, which can be found in fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi or kefir, or in supplement form.