Thanks to COVID-19, we’re all feeling the need to improve our immune systems and fight off harmful viruses. Having a strong immune system protects us against pesky bacteria that want to attack our bodies, breaking it down to be more susceptible to injury and illness. Your immune system is a gatekeeper for what gets in and out of your body. To help ensure yours is functioning at its best, take a look at these tips.
- Get enough sleep
Too little sleep hurts your immune system more than you may think. Little sleep and an irregular sleep schedule decrease our production of T cells that fight diseases. Increase your odds of fending off illness by allowing yourself a solid 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye every night.
- Eat well
If you want optimum health – immune system or otherwise – you need to fuel your body with the right foods. Too much junk, fats, oils, and processed foods take a toll on the body. Instead, focus on getting your nutrition from whole foods. Think beans, peas, potatoes, legumes, fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Make your plate colorful with a variety of healthy foods.
- Don’t stress
Easier said than done in this pandemic, but stress is a key influencer on the immune system. Stress hormones such as cortisol can compromise immune function. Do what you can to reduce the stress in your life, from exercising to spending time doing the things you love.
- Practice good hygiene
The advice is everywhere these days, but don’t stop paying attention to it. Keep washing your hands with soap and water for a good 20 seconds. It’s the simplest way to protect against unwanted germs. It also helps take the pressure off your immune system!