We are all looking for ways to stay healthy, and it’s crucial now during the uncertainty we are facing from the Coronavirus. Below are some tips to boost your immunity from Nurse Bernadette Judge, commonly referred to as Nurse B.
Create a happy gut. Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract makes up a large part of your immune system – up to 70 percent! The holidays often tempt us to overindulge in high-sugar or processed food and alcohol, which force our gut to work harder and reduce our natural immune abilities. While these yummy treats are fine in moderation, try eating more balanced meals and snacks as much as possible to give your gut a fighting chance against germs. Not sure which foods to choose?
Practice good hygiene. Your first line of defense is to keep the germs away with good personal cleansing habits. Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Thoroughly clean and cover all open cuts. These simple actions alone can help power away germs before they ever get a chance to reach your system.
Get a good night’s sleep. Studies show that not getting enough sleep greatly affects how well your immunity cells function. While you sleep, your body is able to rest and recharge itself. So, make a sleep routine and stick to it. Be sure to turn off all electronics at least one hour before bed to help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
Take your vitamins. Making sure your body gets all the nutrients it needs to function properly is essential to smooth immune function. Some of these we can consume by eating lots of leafy greens, fruits, and other whole foods. However, supplementing with over-the-counter products helps us get everything we need to fight wintertime germs. For example, Vitamin D can help lower your risk of chronic infections, while Vitamin C is linked to better immunity. Elderberry is also a fantastic natural supplement, proven to help boost immunity as part of a healthy diet. Not sure which supplement to choose? Click here to browse the Nupeutics collection of best-selling wellness blends.
Watch your stress levels. The bottom line: stress hurts our immune system. The holidays are a challenging and busy time, so making sure to keep stress levels low can help maintain your good health. If you start to feel overwhelmed with holiday pressures, schedule time for yourself, try deep breathing exercises, or practice yoga and meditation. Studies also show that supportive relationships and healthy social interactions can help to lower stress.
During this time, there is increased challenges to our immune system. Take protective action with these 5 tips to help boost your natural immunity.
Bernadette Judge (Nurse B), is an RN, and operations manager of Nupeutics Naturals, an all-natural supplement company on a mission to help everyone live their best lives.