With cold and flu season well underway, it’s always good to have a strong immune system to stay as healthy as possible.
Did you know there are some simple things you can do to support your immune system? Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
- Sing in the car – It might feel a bit silly, but cranking up the radio and singing your heart out on your way to the gym or work has been shown to lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and lower levels are associated with better immunity, as well as a flatter tummy. So singing in the car is a double win.
- Call a friend – Connecting with a buddy, even briefly has also been shown to lower stress hormones that affect immunity. Even a quick check in or shared story can help keep both of you healthy over the winter months.
- Hit the hay – When you’re sleeping, the immune system is busy working. The less sleep you get the poorer its function. So put away your phone, turn off the TV and make sure to get at least 7 hours a night if possible, for optimal immune function.
- Soak up some sun – Vitamin D continues to be shown to be an immunity powerhouse, fueling the body’s T cells which fight bacteria and viruses. On sunny days, step outside and get some rays on your skin. Foods high in Vitamin D can help too, like salmon, eggs and canned tuna.
- Moisten the air – When the air gets dry, your mucus membranes dry up, making them more susceptible to infections. In addition to drinking plenty of water, you might want to put a humidifier or even a basin of water in your bedroom to keep those systems working their best.
Barbara Wayman, APR