Maybe you’d really love to take a sick day right now. The idea of lounging around in something cozy sounds like bliss, but chances are, you don’t actually want to catch a bug.
Boost your winter resilience with these straightforward strategies.
Get Enough Sleep
Experts agree sleep is essential for immunity. We all know this intuitively. When we’re run down, we catch every virus. Studies confirm, lack of sleep or poor quality sleep does increase the likelihood that we’ll fall ill after exposure to a virus, and stay sick longer. For adults, getting enough sleep usually means seven to eight hours of quality sleep. Are you getting enough?
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Dial Down Stress
When our body is in “fight or flight” mode, our immunity is compromised.
Cortisol is widely known as the body’s primary stress hormone. Heightened levels of the hormone can indicate a number of things, including but not limited to stress and a compromised immune system.
Magnesium helps to remove excess cortisol when it’s no longer needed. If you are consistently low in magnesium, your body can’t dial down cortisol levels, which can leave you in a state of chronic stress and impaired immunity.
The good news is that magnesium can help lower cortisol levels. Make sure you top up your magnesium daily to replace the magnesium we lose every day.
Sugar isn’t just bad for your waistline, mood, and energy; it can also depress the immune system. Research shows that after eating or drinking sugar, you’re more at risk of infection – for at least a few hours.
Instead, opt for naturally sweet fruits and veggies. Grab some carrots, some berries, grapes, dates, or figs; cook up some sweet potatoes or naturally caramelize some sweet onions. These whole foods not only hit the sweet spot on your palate, but they’re also packed with immune-boosting nutrients like vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, and zinc.
Go for Gut Health
Did you know that most of your immune cells are in your gut? It’s true! Probiotics are an excellent way to boost the immune system by increasing healthy gut bacteria, which can then properly fight off bad bacteria and germs. Grow your own probiotics by making fermented foods, buy some at your local health store or go for convenience with probiotic supplements.
Eating a diet with whole, unprocessed foods promotes good bacteria, because natural foods are the fuel healthy bugs love. Just one more reason to stick to your healthy-eating resolutions this year!
Tell us, what are your favourite solutions for immunity?