During these unsettling times due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for ways to stay healthy while in self isolation. While we’re all at home, there are a number of things we can all do to strengthen our immune systems and keep as healthy as we can. Read on for our best tips.

Move
Now is a perfect time to start an exercise routine. Among its many significant health benefits, regular exercise helps to boost the production of microphages (specialised cells that attack bacteria that trigger upper respiratory tract infections). Aim to engage in at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise each day – even if it’s a brisk walk!

Sleep
We need a lot of sleep to remain healthy and strong. On average, adults should aim for at least seven to nine hours per night. Sleep-deprived people are more vulnerable to illness, so set the stage for a healthy night’s sleep every night. Check out our blog post here on our top tips for getting good sleep.

De-Stress
In such an uncertain time, it’s easy to be stressed and anxious. Without a doubt, worldwide events wreak havoc on people’s mental health. Stress has been shown to prompt inflammatory reactions that can compromise immune system functioning. So, it pays to take steps to de-stress and to address your mental health while self-isolating.
A few great ways to de-stress and prioritize your mental well-being while in self-isolation include:

  • Engaging in mindful activities like yoga and Pilates
  • Sitting down for a daily meditation
  • Soaking in the bath
  • Getting therapy – if your therapist’s office is closed, find out if virtual appointments are available
  • Stepping away from electronic devices for a few hours per day

Eat Well
Lay the groundwork for good health!  Consume plenty of prebiotics and plant-based foods that establish a healthy environment in the gut. Try to keep your diet rich in antioxidants. These help to protect the body and immune system from harmful free radicals. Excellent sources of antioxidants include dark chocolate, red cabbage, beans, walnuts, red wine, plums,  and beetroot.

Boost Your Immune System Naturally
Finally, there’s a lot that you can do at home to boost your immune system in a healthy and effective way. Try adding more of the below goodness into your diet for improving your immune system function and better overall health:

  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps to increase the production of white blood cells, which swoop in to fight infections when they arise. However, the human body doesn’t produce or store vitamin C, so it’s up to you to add it to your diet. Citrus fruits provide the best natural source of vitamin C, so stock up on oranges, mandarins, limes, lemons and other citruses.
  • Zinc – Zinc helps to stimulate the activity of more than 100 different enzymes, and it is needed to activate the T lymphocytes, or T cells, that control and regulate immune system responses. From wound healing to correcting and synthesizing DNA, zinc plays a critical role in health and well-being. Excellent natural sources of this element include foods like beans, nuts and whole grains
  • Ginger – In addition to being delicious, ginger is prized for its ability to fight off infections and diseases. It has a beneficial effect on inflammation, helping to reduce it so that the immune system can work its magic more effectively.
  • Fermented Foods – Finally, fermented foods like kombucha, sourdough and sauerkraut are excellent additions to any healthy diet. They  can boost the immune system in a big way by introducing beneficial probiotics – “good” bacteria – to the gut, or microbiome. Lactic acid bacteria that is produced during fermentation produces D phenylacetic acid in the gut. This acid binds to a certain receptor that spurs the immune system into action.

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