Most of us are eager to avoid illness, for a variety of reasons. Not only it is uncomfortable and inconvenient; getting sick can majorly sidetrack your fitness plans. Of course, during a pandemic we all become even more concerned with supporting our immune systems.
While there are never any guarantees against illness, we do know that taking the following actions can support your immune system and sometimes prevent illness.
Take steps to reduce stress. Stress can cause hormonal imbalances and inflammation in the body, and also lead to cravings for unhealthy foods that further negatively impact your immune system. Take a proactive approach to identifying stress factors and eliminating them when possible.
Get outside. Even if you’re practicing “social distancing” it’s possible to get outside and help your body generate enough vitamin D to support your immune system. Simply soaking up the sun in your backyard can do the trick, or going for a walk or jog can help you get more sunlight.
Wash your hands regularly. Many illnesses are transmitted when you pick up a virus or bacteria on your hands, and then infect yourself by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands regular to avoid this problem.
Exercise regularly. The endorphins produced by exercise can combat stress, plus give your body a healthy workout.
Sleep well. Disrupted sleep means disrupted hormones, more stress, and even cravings for unhealthy foods. Make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of quality sleep each night to support your immune system and feel better overall.
Avoid negative lifestyle behaviors. Some habits, like smoking or drinking alcohol, definitely impact your immune system. Avoid a reliance upon white flours, processed foods, and sugars too.
Eat fresh produce. Fresh fruits and veggies contain plenty of vitamins and antioxidants that are essential to many bodily functions, including your immune system. You might also wish to supplement with a multivitamin, extra vitamin C, or other supplements as needed. We can discuss those concerns at your next visit.