Experts are saying Covid, the flu and RSV are worse than ever this year. Protect yourself as much as you can by utilizing these tips to improve your immune system.
Loss of sleep can negatively affect your immune system. But we know that sleep isn’t just about quantity, it’s about quality as well. You need to set yourself up for success when it comes to your nighttime routine. Start about 30 minutes before you go to bed. Take a warm shower, stay off your phone and other electronic devices that can disrupt your sleep cycle and try to relax as much as possible. The stricter you are with your routine, the easier it will be for your body to learn this new habit. Good, restful sleep is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy.
The food you eat is also an excellent way to give your immune system a boost. Nourish your body with foods that are chock full of vitamins and nutrients. Make sure you’re getting lots of fruits and vegetables. Whole grains and lean protein are also a good idea. Try to limit your carbohydrates, processed foods, and over indulging in sugars and saturated fats. Sugar suppresses your immune system so partake sparingly. Additionally, make sure you’re staying hydrated with lots of water and other fluids. This will help keep your body operating at its optimal level.
Continuing to stay active in the colder months can be a challenge, but it’s essential. An article written for cdc.gov explains, “Regular physical activity helps you feel better, sleep better, and reduce anxiety. Combined with eating well, physical activity can help a person maintain a healthy weight. Following the physical activity recommendations for your age provides immediate and long–term benefits. Emerging research also suggests that physical activity may potentially benefit immunity.”
Slow Down the Drinking
The CDC also reports that over time, alcohol use can weaken your immune system. In order to avoid this, make sure you’re drinking responsibly. It can be so easy to overindulge- especially during the Holidays. However, with the number of viruses circulating this cold/flu season, it might not be worth risking it. Set a drink limit for yourself at every function. Consider ordering mocktails instead of alcoholic beverages. This will help give your immune system a fighting chance at protecting you.
Smoking makes your body less successful at fighting off diseases. Even if you’re not smoking cigarettes, things like vaping and e- cigarettes can still be harmful. Not only can they exacerbate respiratory illnesses and distress, they can also contribute to a number of other issues like rheumatoid arthritis. If you haven’t already thought about it, consider quitting as soon as possible! Both your body and wallet will be happy you did.
You can’t prevent yourself from getting sick, but you can give your immune system as much help as possible. Stay healthy this cold/flu season with these tips!