7 Simple Tips To Strengthen Your Immune System Naturally

   

Jade Poole from I Write Words

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7 Simple Tips

The current situation the world finds itself in has definitely highlighted two important factors - hygiene and health. We’re all starting to understand the importance of washing our hands often but do you know how to optimise your health and strengthen your immune system while at home?

Your health should always be your first priority and your immune system’s job is to help your body fight off disease and illness so keeping it strong is important. You don’t have to spend loads of money or go to extreme measures to strengthen your immune system, there are some simple things you can do in the comfort of your own home (which is necessary right now).

 

There are a few healthy habits that you can pick up and do consistently every day that will ensure your immune system is in tip-top shape to protect you - let’s take a look.

 

Read: Coronavirus: A Guide To Staying Sane During Lockdown & Calling Out False Facts

How to strengthen your immune system

1.   Eat a healthy diet

This is always a go-to. When people start talking about health, the food you eat almost always enters the conversation. Your diet is the biggest contributor to your health though and something that is completely within your control.

 

Now we don’t mean that you should restrict yourself and only eat skinless, flavourless chicken and steamed broccoli for the rest of your life - that’s no way to live!

 

What we mean is you should limit the number of processed foods you eat and only have takeout once or twice a week (if you can go a whole week without it - even better!). Make sure you’re consuming lots of veggies - the nutrients you get from them are essential to keeping your immune system functioning properly.

 

The key to a healthy diet is this - limit processed foods and refined sugars and increase whole foods, good fats and proteins. A well-balanced diet is key to optimal health.

 

Take a look at this blog on the paleo diet - it basically consists of eating what cavemen would have eaten, which means eliminating all junk food.

2.   Get enough sleep

Did you know that bad sleep patterns and small amounts of sleep are linked to you getting sick easily?

 

A doctor’s first advice when you’re ill is to make sure you get enough rest because your immune system needs sleep to recover and to strengthen. Thus making sure you are consistently getting enough sleep will keep your immune system strong.

 

The National Sleep Foundation recommends all adults get at least seven hours of sleep per night to optimise health. To ensure you get quality sleep, make sure you prepare for a good night’s rest: turn off your tv and stop using your phone at least two to three hours before bed, and avoid stressful books, scary movies or difficult conversations - it’s a good idea to disconnect from all negative news stories too! 

3.   Keep your body moving  

Regular exercise lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases (like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease), as well as viral and bacterial infections.

 

Now, we don’t want you to kill yourself at the gym trying to become super fit but regular exercise, like walking on the treadmill, doing at-home yoga or any workout regime you enjoy will positively impact your health and immune system.

 

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4.   Stay hydrated

Keeping hydrated doesn’t necessarily protect you from germs and viruses, but preventing dehydration is important to your overall health.

 

Dehydration can cause headaches and interfere with your physical performance, focus, mood, digestion, and heart and kidney function. These complications can increase your susceptibility to getting sick.

 

Make sure you are drinking enough water (we love a good cup of coffee too but water is essential. But if you struggle to get all the water you need, take a look at these easy tips to increase your water intake.

5.   Reduce unhealthy habits

 This isn’t a fun one but it is such an important tip! By unhealthy habits, we mean smoking, excessive drinking and too many takeaways.

 

Try to cut back on smoking as much as possible and keep drinking to a minimum. Reducing your takeaways for the week is easy under these circumstances so you’re halfway there already!

6.   Limit your stress

Not an easy thing to do, especially under these circumstances but high-levels and constant stress essentially block the immune system from kicking into gear and doing its job to protect your body against potential threats from germs like viruses and bacteria.

 

Try soothing exercises and mantras to keep your stress levels at bay and remember, just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you can’t stop working - take a break. And if you’re stuck at home with nothing to do right now, try to maintain a normal routine and fill your days with tasks you’ve been dying to get to!

 

Read: How to stay sane during lockdown for some tips on how to spend your time.

7.   Vital Vitamins

Make sure you are taking vitamins to supplement any nutrients you might be missing from your diet.

 

Most important right now is vitamin C and vitamin D, research has shown that both of these vitamins have had increasingly positive results in preventing and reducing the symptoms of colds and flu.

 

Read: Top 5 Vitamins Essential To Boosting Your Immunity.

Staying healthy with Oneplan

If you feel like you need to see the doctor or you need additional medication during this time, we’ve got you covered! Each of our healthcare plans includes cover for day to day benefits and costs.

 

Most importantly, our healthcare plans will cover your doctor’s visit AND we also front you with cash before you see your doctor and let you go to any licenced GP of your choice. Our healthcare policies will also cover your scripted medication (medication prescribed to you by your doctor). We want to make sure you have nothing to worry about right now!

 

Find out more about scripted medication and how it’s covered here.

 

Yours in affordable and quality health insurance,

Oneplan

 



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