BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- Avoid stress. Study after study shows that stress prevents your body from the ability to stay healthy. There are many stress reduction exercises, that when done regularly, can reduce the damage caused by stress. An example of a stress reduction exercise is simply closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing for a few minutes.
- Get adequate amounts of sleep. The amount of sleep each individual needs varies, but a good rule of thumb is striving for eight hours per night. Getting enough sleep allows your body the opportunity to repair cells and maintains a healthy immune system.
- Have healthy eating and exercise habits. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables on an every day basis gives your body many of the nutrients it needs. I know we are all busy, but exercising for 30 minutes at least three times per week is a must to maintain a healthy immune system and general health.
- Include high-quality supplements to ensure you are getting ALL the necessary nutrients your body needs to fight off the cold and flu this season. Include a multi-vitamin, omega-3, and an antioxidant at the very least. During the fall and winter months, I also suggest Vitamin D and Vitamin C for an added immune boost.
WHAT IF I DO GET SICK?
Do the best you can to continue to eat healthy foods. I recommend eating small frequent meals/snacks during the day. Make sure to include fruits and vegetables for their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and drink plenty of water and healthy fluids such as 100% juice and tea. Avoid foods with a lot of sugar, salt and fat. These foods will only prolong your being sick. Not eating at all will also prolong the healing process due to the lack of nutrients your body would be getting, which are essential for rebuilding your weak immune system.
Feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a healthy fall and winter!
Alissa Robertson, MS, RD