With all of the concerns relating to the pandemic, we’ve pretty much forgotten that winter is flu season. One of the best ways to avoid getting the flu is to build up your immune system, which fights off infections and diseases. With these habits, you can boost your immune system and stay healthy all season long.
Regular exercise is important to overall health and it can fight off infection. In addition to the mental health, cardiovascular, blood pressure, and weight maintenance benefits, exercise improves circulation, which can help the immune system work more effectively.
When your body is stressed, your immune system comes under attack more easily, making it easier to get sick. Read a book, socialize with friends, engage in deep breathing, or do yoga to reduce stress.
Sleep rebuilds and restores body systems and it plays a huge part in the immune system’s health. Poor sleep can negatively impact the immune system, so make sure you get between seven to nine hours of quality sleep a night.
While meeting in person during the pandemic may not be possible, you can connect with your friends and family virtually. Meaningful connections with others is a key component of good mental and physical health.
When possible, eat clean, whole, non-processed foods. Processed foods, added sugar, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and alcohol, increase inflammation and affect insulin level. Instead, add more vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and probiotic-rich foods into your diet.