Keeping your body happy and healthy should always be high on your priority list, especially this year with all the things happening in the world that are more stressful than usual.
Including certain foods into your daily diet may help to keep your immune system strong but they are not enough, some daily habits are very important too.
Start to use these simple habits daily to boost your immune system and live a healthier and happier life.
Obvious, I know. But most of us simply don’t get enough.
Drinking plenty of water keeps your body well hydrated and helps draining the everyday toxins.
If you struggle with getting in your 2 litres a day, consider downloading a hydration reminder app and if you’re not a fan of plain water try adding lemon, cucumber or other fruit.
Another obvious one but sleep is one of the most important ways to improve your immune system. A good 7-8 hours of sleep allows your body to regenerate and to keep your immune system strong so it can protect you from illness.
Make sure you’re getting your vitamins
Studies have shown that some fruits and vegetables provide nutrients that can boost immune function so here are some of them:
Citrus fruits: rich in vitamin C increasing the production of white blood cells which they are key to fighting infection
Broccoli: full of vitamins A, C, and E as well as many other antioxidants
Garlic: fights infections and contains allicin helping immune boosting properties
Ginger: decrease inflammation and chronic pain⠀
Spinach: rich in vitamin C and loaded with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene
Almonds and sunflower seeds: two of the highest foods in vitamin E⠀
Turmeric: contains high levels of curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties
Papaya: loaded with vitamin C and anti-inflammatory effects
Kiwi: contains potassium, vitamin K, folate and vitamin C
Daily exercise help release endorphins in your body, eliminates toxins, keeps you in good shape and your immune system strong. A walk around your neighborhood, a yoga session, some stretching, bicycling, running are some of the exercises you can try and they totally have a positive impact in your health.
We all hear that a happy mind = a happy body. And during these uncertain times, it’s important to take care of your mental health.
It’s very important to manage your stress levels. Stress is hard on your mental and physical health and can have many detrimental effects on your body.
Spend time in nature, exercise, express gratitude, journal, meditate, go for walks, cook your favorite meal or treat, call a friend and read a good book.
And if you’re feeling negative thoughts listen to your favorite music and sing and dance around your house. This will help you change your mood very quickly.