What can be said that hasn’t already been said over 1000 times, by every news station in every corner of our, really rather lovely, planet. These are very strange times indeed and I hope you are keeping well and not letting it get you down. For a change, I thought I look at something that we all should be thinking of, now more than ever, and that is how to boost our immune systems.
There is so much that can be done and some simple steps in the right direction and adopting a wide-reaching approach will not only sure up your defences but there is evidence to suggest it will even extend your life. Let’s start nice and easy hey?
Don’t be afraid to put your feet up and relax
Stress reduction has to be one of the most overlooked immune enhancers out there. There plenty of is research that suggests that some stress can be a good thing as it prepares your body to fight off nasty’s which may harm us.
However there is a tipping point, and the threshold is quite low which results in notable detriment to your immune system once your stress levels rise too far or are sustained at above a certain level for a prolonged period.
So don’t be afraid to kick back and relax, you’re helping your immune response, and your mental health. Win-win! My current daily life mantra is ‘roll with the good days and get through the bad!’ If that means that I’m not home-schooling as I can’t face anymore questions, then so be it, I’ll just get through the day and pick the school work up another day. Or perhaps I’m having a great day and dancing around the kitchen with a beer/ beverage in my hand at 16:00 in the afternoon then great, I’m just going to go with it!
More social interaction, please!
Having positive influences around you will always be beneficial but we underestimate the impact on overall health. People with active and healthy relationships will likely live longer than those with poor social interaction.
You don’t have to seek out all your old school chums on Facebook mind, volunteering, taking up a group activity or class will also give see you enjoy the immune-boosting benefits. Please add me on Facebook, I’m trying to post more and engage with people to give them to suggestions on ways to get through these times, I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Laugh your way to a longer life. We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine and its not just hot air.
There is no downside to having a giggle, not only does it lift the spirits, and burn a surprisingly large amount of calories – laughing for 2 minutes burns more calories than cycling for 2 minutes, we didn’t believe it at first but it’s true!
One study found that after people had been laughing out loud their immune systems performed better, this is also true if the laughter is forced and not because of you witnessing anything funny.
Eating the colours of the rainbow
I’ve touched on this in a previous blog but variety is the spice of life. A wide-ranging diet filled with colourful fruits and vegetables ensures you are ingesting a full spectrum of vitamins and antioxidants. This will guard against pesky free radicals that can harm your cells. Plus there are plenty more benefits to eating a well balanced and varied diet.
Exercise is a sure-fire way to kick start your immune response. It also is a huge stress beater and helps release many chemicals that aid in boosting your mood, help you get a good nights sleep and make you less likely to get heart disease and many types of cancer.
You want to be aiming for at least half an hour a day. You don’t have to go crazy with it either, any movement is good movement ride a bike, walk, swim, or even skip – whatever floats your boat! I’m waking with Poppy every day on her scooter, I’ve also set us a challenge on her being able to ride a bike by the end of the lockdown, could you set yourself a goal?
Sleep is your superpower
I don’t know about you but I’m not sure how I’m ever going to get up again in the morning for work or the school run!! It seems that I’m sleeping more than ever! But, as each day passes more and more research is coming out to support the theory that regular good quality sleep and a strong immune system go hand in hand. Most adults need 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night. If like many you struggle with good quality sleep, you should try to stick to a strict bedtime routine.
Keeping active throughout the day while allowing yourself some quality downtime before bed will help greatly and avoiding screentime, caffeine and alcohol near bedtime are also key components to getting sound immune-boosting sleep.
Nicotine, just say no!
It may not come as a surprise but smoking is just about the worst thing you can be doing, period. Do your immune system a solid and give up yesterday! Even if it takes you multiple attempts before you quit for good, crack on with it! Each lung full of smoke is putting pressure on your immune system and shortening your life, fact.
These steps are simple enough for everyone to follow and will have the desired effect so let me know how you get on!
Until next time, stay safe 🙂