It’s getting close to the cold and flu season. Are you prepared?
If you’re like most people, the fear of getting sick is probably pretty high.
And this year, it’s probably higher than it has been in previous years. Although you can’t completely prevent the cold, or the flu, from striking…
There are everyday things you can do to support your immune system—and keep you healthy, not only to prevent a virus from invading, but to reduce the severity of the cold or the flu.
Although social distancing, washing your hands, and masking up are important to prevent the spread, these other things may help:
If you’re not getting enough sleep, there’s a good chance your immune system won’t be as strong as it should be.
Studies show that getting more restful sleep may boost your immune system—and make it easier to fight off infections.
You should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night—and more if you’re sick.
Whole foods, like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nuts and seeds, are important components to an immune-boosting diet.
These foods contain nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to lower inflammation, which could strengthen your immune system.
Plus, these foods contain healthy doses of fiber, which are needed to strengthen your gut health, which is one of the main components of your immune system.
Everyone knows that exercise is great for your health. But did you know it can also boost your immune system? Too much exercise might lower your immune response, but moderate intensity exercise may actually give it the boost you need.
And…regular exercise lowers inflammation and might enable your immune cells to regenerate faster—giving you more strength when you need it the most.
Right now, it’s more important than ever to make sure your immune system has the support it needs to keep you healthy. Although hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing may work to prevent a cold and/or the flu, having a strong immune system could work wonders.
The 3 tips above could give your immune system the boost it needs—to prevent cold, flu, and other viruses from making you sick.