At the moment, everyone understandably has a strong interest in staying healthy and having a strong immune system could help your body fight.
Here are Esme’s top tips to strengthen and boost your immune system:
✔️ Exercise – Make sure that your immune system gets a boost by taking regular exercise. Aim for 30 to 40 minutes, three or four times a week, it is also important just to move your body regularly throughout the day and break up sedentary periods.
✔️ Eat well – The foods you eat and what you drink are essential factors for immune function. Try to limit alcohol consumption to a moderate level to avoid vitamin deficiencies and lowered immunity. Eat your five-a-day: fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, fibres, oils, and acids that keep you healthy and your immune system happy. Eat plenty and try to include as many different colours as you can to ensure you benefit from the full range of bioactive compounds they contain. Healthy fats like olive oil and omega-3s are highly anti-inflammatory, as chronic inflammation can suppress your immune system, these fats may naturally combat illnesses. Fermented foods and probiotics, such as include yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir, may bolster your immune system by helping it identify and target harmful pathogens.
✔️ Drink up and stay hydrated – Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. Hydrated cells are better at fighting infection and flushing toxins, germs, and contaminants from your body.
✔️ Get enough sleep – Sleep and immunity are closely tied. Getting enough rest may strengthen your natural immunity. Adults should aim to get 7 or more hours of sleep each night, while teens need 8–10 hours and younger children and infants up to 14 hours.
✔️ Manage your stress levels – It’s no secret that stress is detrimental to health, and it can make you more susceptible to viral infections. Lowering your stress levels through meditation, yoga, exercise, or deep breathing to calm your mind this can help keep your immune system functioning properly.
✔️ Hands Face Space – Wash and sanitise hands regularly, wear a face mask when in public spaces and maintain social distancing.