There is a lot going on in our world for the last few months that has brought attention to how important it is to have a strong immune system.
Our bodies have an innate ability to protect us from the strongest viruses and bacteria, it knows exactly how to launch an attack on invaders into our system. Our body was designed that way.
Sometimes though, it needs support. With the society we live in, many of us are living in high stress and very often fear. Add on top of that environmental pollution, toxins, processed foods etc….it is understandable that our immune system might need some external support.
Fear and stress can have a really big impact on how our immune system responds. But for this post we will focus on the support and action you can take now; though it is worthy to say, working to reduce stress levels and to limit the sources of fear will positively impact your immunity.
Here are 3 actions you can take to support your immune system:
- Supplements. Vitamin C and Zinc would be two go to supplements to support immunity. Also as we still coming out of winter, Vitamin D would be a good addition. Vitamin C is a real powerhouse for immunity and in a deficiency in Vitamin C could lead to ill-health. Foods high in this vitamin are oranges, kale, spinach, broccoli; generally supplementing would not be necessary but in the current environment taking a good quality capsule or drink of vitamin C (which often has zinc included) could be a great support.
2. Sleep. Prioritising sleep will benefit more than just your immune system. Getting a restful sleep for 7-8 hours promotes repair and growth. To help aid a good night’s sleep, it is best to stay off mobile devices for at least an hour before bed
3. Hand-washing. This one seems like such an obvious one, but it needs to be said. Washing your hands well, with a good anti-microbial soap can really aid in the reduction of infection spreading. And for when you are on public transport or in public areas where washing isn’t available, carry a small bottle of hand sanitiser in your bag or pocket.