With COVID-19 being front and center for the majority of 2020, it can be easy to forget that other diseases still do exist.
One of the most common illnesses this time of year is the flu. Personally, I completely forgot it was flu season because of the constant COVID chat, but alas, it is that time of year again.
Although we are taking precautions to stay safe now more than ever, it is still possible to get the flu. Therefore, boosting your immune system (even while wearing a mask and social distancing) is still essential to prevent catching the flu virus.
While there are many myths on the best ways to boost your immune system, here are some scientifically proven ways to improve your health.
Getting enough sleep is imperative to your immune system. Sleep is when your body produces cytokines, which is a type of protein that targets infections. Lack of sleep reduces these levels, thus making your immune system weaker and more susceptible to getting sick.
It has also shown that people who don’t sleep enough or get a poor night’s rest take longer to recover from illness when they eventually do get sick.
Making sure you get to bed early not only helps your immune system recharge, but it’s vital to your overall health. Lack of sleep can lead to a whole slew of physical and mental problems. Take care of yourself this flu season and get a good night’s rest!
We all know exercise is important to keeping yourself healthy and preventing serious diseases. However, it also helps increase the immune system. Working out helps keep multiple organs and parts of your body in shape, so why wouldn’t it also improve your immune system? Getting exercise can also help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways by breathing heavily.
Exercise does double duty in helping your immune system by also helping you sleep easier. When we exercise, our muscles become fatigued, making us more likely to get a better night’s sleep the recharge the body. Therefore, your immune system gets recharged, too.
Healthy foods and vitamins
Vitamins and minerals are important for your body to function correctly and are especially important for preventing catching the flu.
Iron, zinc and Vitamins E, B and C all contribute to helping your immune system function correctly. You can obtain these nutrients through lots of healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits.
Taking multivitamins is also a good way to supplement for these essential minerals. They aid in antibody production and boost immunity at the cellular level. And let’s face it – eating healthy should be an every-day habit to keep us in shape and healthy.
It may be flu season, but that doesn’t mean you have to get the flu. While flu shots can help prevent the illness or make it more tolerable, not everyone likes receiving immunizations.
Whichever option you decide, taking precautions by getting rest, eating well and continuing to wash your hands will help prevent you from getting ill.
We are all concerned enough about preventing COVID – don’t let the flu be on your list of worries, too.