No one likes being sick. It causes disruptions to your work and personal life and have a trickle-down effect on your overall wellness. Even if illness may often seem inevitable, there are better ways to prepare your body for a potential onslaught of invaders.
Here are some tips on how you can boost your immune system naturally!
Be mindful of your diet
Following a diet rich in antioxidants is essential to supporting your immune system. Antioxidants found in many fruits and vegetables combat free radicals or chemical byproducts known to damage DNA and suppress the immune system. Choosing healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids available in oily fish, flaxseed, and krill oil, and avoiding saturated fats found in meat and dairy products is generally recommended. Staying hydrated is also essential as water helps your cells operate efficiently and allows your body to process food and eliminate waste.
Get enough sleep
Inadequate or unhealthy sleeping patterns are linked to a higher susceptibility to illnesses. A study of over 22,000 people found that those who slept less than six hours per night or who had a sleep disorder were more likely to have colds and other respiratory infections. It is recommended that 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.
We hear you, though. Sometimes sleeping is easier said than done. And if you’re having trouble sleeping, you can follow some tried and tested tips like limiting your screen time for an hour before bed (it's scientifically proven that the blue light emitted from your phone, TV, and computer may disrupt your circadian rhythm or your body’s natural wake-sleep cycle). It may also help to prepare your bedroom to be completely free of light or use a sleep mask; and to play sleep-inducing music or "white noise".
Although prolonged intense exercise can suppress your immune system, moderate exercise like brisk walking, steady bicycling, jogging, swimming and light hiking can give it a boost. Regular movements may also reduce inflammation and help your immune cells regenerate, which is essential for helping your body defend itself against pathogens, cancer cell growth and effects of aging. Proper nutrition and hydration are important with prolonged and intense exercise.
Keep your hands clean
Simply keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to ward off illness. Not to mention--when we're in the midst of a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water (Here's our top recommended natural and organic hand soap. Make sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds using warm water and soap before preparing food or eating, as well as after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, or touching public surfaces.
Choose natural products
The greatest immune booster we have is nature--the earth is perfectly wired to regulate our systems, so bare contact with anything natural regulates our systems and help our immune function. Your diet is a given but how about the other products you use for your personal and household needs? It's ideal to stay toxin-free even with the everyday products that you use. Zafra has all the essential natural and organic products you need to shift to a cleaner lifestyle that can help your body stay optimized for all seasons!
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