We often hear that as the season changes to fall, flu season is also starting up and rearing its ugly head. In fact, fall is notoriously known as the season where kids at school get their colds and the nasty flu is passed on in the workplace from coworker to coworker. As the season suddenly cools down and we get less hours of sunlight, our bodies tend to be more tired and weak. Fortunately there are many ways in which we can boost our immunity and fight of the cold! Here are a few tips.
You've probably heard already that getting enough sleep is essential to our health. Why is that? Well, we you have a good sleep schedule, you're giving your body enough time to rest and restore itself for the next day. Lack of sleep can affect your immune system, making it more likely to get sick or be exposed to a virus. It can also impact how quickly you recover if you do get sick. When you are sleep deprived, it can decrease your body's ability to produce cytokines, proteins needed for infections or inflammation, as well as other infection fighting anti-bodies. Already going to be early but not getting good, deep sleep? It may be due to a lack of magnesium. Try Farm Haven's Magnesium Complex to help promote better sleep and boost your immunity!
What does stress have to do with our immune system? Well, to put it simply, stress can have an effect on our digestive system, and impaired digestion can lead a weakened immune system. Yikes! So how can we reduce stress? Well, the first step as mentioned above, is getting adequate amounts of rest so that we can tackle on the next day's challenges in good mood & energy. Other great tips are: reduce caffeine intake, write down what stresses you out, spend time with loved ones, and make sure to laugh often!
Exercising every day, even for a little bit can do wonders to boost your immune. If you can, trying making the effort to workout for at least 15 to 30 minutes a day. It doesn't have to be intense, moderate cardio is good enough and you don't want to overdo it either, so be balanced! There are lots of great short 15 minute workout routines on the web, so find one that works for you and mix them around! Physical activity can help flush out bacteria from your lungs and airways which may help reduce your chance of getting a cold or flu!
Especially in this time where the whole world is also fighting the corona disease, it's a simple yet important step to take. Washing your hands regularly can help wash off the germs from your hands. This sounds like a no-brainer tip, but you will be amazed to know how many people don't wash their hands after using the washroom or that they don't wash their hands properly. You can check online to see the guideline for how to properly wash your hands. It's of utmost importance to wash your hands after using the washroom and prior to handling food. If you're outside and want to avoid using public washrooms due to the pandemic related reasons, it's a good idea to keep hand sanitizer on you at all times.
Medical research has proven that the digestive system & the immune system are connected. Poor gut health can lead to diarrhea or GI tract infections that destroy gut bacteria, resulting in a weakened immune system. In fact, 80% of our immune system is contained in our digestive system that helps fight bad bacteria, maintain gut health, and repair cells. So, a good way to keep a healthy microbiome, keeping good bacteria in the stomach, is by adding probiotics to our diet. Good bacteria can be found in probiotic yogurts and other fermented foods. However, our body may not be absorbing enough through diet alone, which is why it may not be a bad idea to also take a supplement instead. You can try FarmHaven's Digestive Enzymes to improve your gut health and boost your immunity!