6 Ways to Keep Your Immunity Strong in Autumn
The pandemic has made everyone nervous about heading into autumn, the season traditionally known for colds and flu. However, that doesn’t mean you need to panic when it comes to your health. Boosting your immune system and keeping it strong as we move into the colder months will help your body fight off pathogens more effectively.
All it takes are 6 simple habits that will bode well for your immune system.
1. Make time for sleep
Sleep is when your body recuperates from your active day. Your cells cleanse and your body restores. Put your work and electronics away and make sure you get to bed early enough to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
2. Vaccinate from the flu
COVID-19 vaccinations are in the works but one thing that will save you from most troubles is getting your yearly flu shot. For pregnant women, children, and the elderly, it’s most important so don’t skip it.
3. Keep your hands clean (and off your face!)
Every year, health officials talk about the importance of proper handwashing techniques and keeping hands away from the eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s amazing that this still seems like a new concept for many people, but the science is behind it. It really works so be sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (preferably warm) every time you use the bathroom, prepare food, eat, or enter your home. Ideally, washing your hands throughout the day even when you’re not doing those things can really lessen your chances of becoming ill.
4. Get into a fitness routine
Exercise boosts immunity so if you’re not doing some form of exercise already, start now. Not sure where to start? Our personal trainers can come to work out with you in your home, at your favorite gym, or even at your favorite park.
5. Take the right vitamins
Everyone knows vitamin C is great for immunity but so are vitamins A and D. Eating healthfully should give you all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep your immune system strong. Think fresh, local, and seasonal produce, whole grains, and lean proteins. You can also take a multivitamin to ensure you’re getting the proper RDA of everything you need.
6. Help your gut bacteria flourish
Scientists discovered that your gut plays a role in your overall health and wellness, particularly with your immunity. The good bacteria in your gut needs to overtake any of the bad guys, so eat plenty of fiber-rich foods while enjoying probiotic-filled foods. Again, fresh produce will give your body loads of fiber and to keep the good gut bacteria flourishing, you’ll want to eat more yogurt, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods to get things back in balance.
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