Your immune system is always hard at work protecting your body from disease. But there are ways to help support this intricate system in your body to help reduce your incidence of illness (or at least reduce the severity).
Especially as winter is right on our heels, boosting our immune systems is vital to keeping healthy and flu-free.
Keep reading to discover 7 ways to boost your immunity, busy mums, we’re talking to you!
7 ways to give your immunity system a boost
1. Enjoy fresh healthy food
The immune system is supported by what you eat. Greasy food or snacks high in sugar and fat aren’t going to do the job. It’s fresh fruit and vegetables, wholesome wholegrains, nuts, seeds, meat and dairy that should be your go-to.
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2. Get enough sleep
Easier said than done with kids, right? But even if you are up early or through the night with the little ones, prioritise your own sleep.
That might mean giving yourself a bedtime (and sticking to it!) rather than staying up late and burning the candle at both ends. Sleep gives the body time to heal and repair, so it’s an essential part of immune support.
3. Get some sun
We are all told to slip slop slap but many of us are deficient in Vitamin D (which comes from the sun). The sun can actually help regulate and support a healthy immune system.
Keep in mind that you don’t want to get sunburned but getting outdoors for 20 minutes to soak up some sun (even if it’s just to hang washing or do some gardening!) can be beneficial.
4. Get moving to reduce stress
Taking some exercise can get the blood pumping and lower blood pressure, alleviating stress on the body.
Rather than exercising at the gym or for big chunks of time (which can be tricky as a mum) you can break it down into manageable chunks. 10 minutes here and there quickly adds up to a decent workout over the day.
5. Practice good hygiene
Washing your hands regularly and staying on top of food hygiene in the kitchen is an important part of staying well. This avoids the spread of germs that can cause tummy upsets or coughs and colds.
Encourage the kids too, for instance you could insist that everyone does a thorough hand-washing before meals.
6. Cut down on (or cut out) alcohol
If alcohol has become an everyday occurrence rather than a weekend tipple, it could be a good idea to change your habits.
Alcohol impairs the body’s ability to heal and protect itself from germs, and can also lead to some less-than-ideal food choices (especially the next day!).
Why not try restricting alcohol just to weekends, or even try giving it a break altogether and enjoy the clear head and reduced calorie intake.
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A delicious and nutritious loose leaf tea blended to support immune function.
Reasons to LOVE Immuni-T Loose Leaf Tea
- Supports immune function
- Contains echinacea
- All natural ingredients
- Tastes delicious
- Loose Leaf tea which is great for the environment when compared with tea bags
All Natural Ingredients
Echinacea Root, Ginger Root, Hibiscus, Lemon Grass, Rosehip, Siberian Ginseng and Spearmint.