Your immune system is your BODYguard! It’s a complex network working hard within your body to help you fend off infection so you stand a better chance of staying healthy. Obviously, there may be times when nothing is going to stop you getting sick, but a healthy immune system is a good place to start building your defences!
Try these simple changes to your daily lifestyle to help keep your system fighting fit.
Regular physical activity is important for both your physical and mental health, and vital for maintaining your overall wellbeing. It can even reduce your risk of major illnesses. The NHS advises that everyone should try to be active every day and do at least 2.5 hours of exercise per week through a variety of activities.
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Delicious though it might be, sugar doesn’t do your immune system any favours. Eating healthily will keep your immune system at its best, so stock up on vitamin packed fruit and veg and limit the sweet treats.
It might be easier said than done, particularly when you’re going through a challenging time, but stress doesn’t help.
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Drinking plenty of water will keep you feeling good and looking good. Your body and immune system will benefit from staying well hydrated, and it can improve the condition of your skin too. The NHS advises us to drink about 1.2 litres per day, which is about 6-8 glasses.
A quick and easy stress buster though is to listen to your favourite tunes. Why not move a music player to the kitchen so you can sing along even while you’re doing chores like cooking and washing up?
Researchers in the US have found that a wide social group contributes to a more positive, healthy outlook, which in turn can contribute to a healthy mind. One of the hardest things is going through long periods without being able to see friends.
While it’s still difficult to get together in person right now, technology is your friend. Get together through apps like Zoom or Houseparty to sustain your social life – a digital drink, virtual coffee or remote book club will help to keep you feeling connected.
What are your top tips for staying healthy?
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