With all the current concerns around staying healthy and protecting yourself from infection, it’s important to know how to give your body’s immune system daily natural support. We’re constantly exposed to germs and other harmful microbes, and our immune system works hard to prevent them from invading our bodies.

Here are a few daily habits you can follow to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

1.) Smart Diet

The foods you include in your daily diet can provide your immune system with extra support. Whole plant foods (like fruit, vegetable and legumes) should be at the top of your list. They’re packed with nutrients and antioxidants that fight inflammation and help to keep your immune cells strong.

Make sure you also include healthy fats in your diet, like olive oil or oily fish, like sardines and anchovies. They contain fatty acids that help to fight inflammation. Fermented foods like yoghurt and mageu are also good for immunity because they contain live probiotic cultures that prevent an unhealthy imbalance of bacteria in your gut.

2.) Stay Hydrated

Water is essential for a healthy immune system; it carries oxygen to the cells throughout your body and helps to prevent the build-up of toxins. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up, and try to drink several more throughout the day. In cold weather, drink non-caffeinated teas like rooibos to make sure you stay hydrated.

3.) Don’t Lose Sleep

Sleep helps your body to heal and regenerate. It gives your system the chance to make more white blood cells (immune cells) that fight off viruses and bacteria. Being sleep deprived puts a strain on your body and mind. Adults should try to get 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep a night.

4.) Exercise Often

Exercise improves circulation, blood pressure and heart health, making it easier for your immune system to function. Try to get around 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise 5 days a week for overall better health.

5.) Take Time to De-stress

Stress hormones put an added strain on your system and make it more difficult to fight off infections. Regular sleep and exercise can help to relieve stress, but make sure you also give yourself time to ‘switch off’ and relax.

If you would like more tips regarding your health and nutrition, call LifeAssist and speak to a dietician, at no charge to you.

Written by LifeAssist