7 Ways to Boost Your Immune System When the World Opens Up
Many people, especially the elderly communities, have been quarantining the best they can for over a year now. Not only were they staying safe from COVID-19, but they were also not exposing their immune systems to other bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins. When the world opens back up, and people start going out and about once again, it could be an onslaught to their immune systems. Below are seven things we can all do to ensure we stay healthy and happy.
Get plenty of sleep
Aim for eight hours a night, and adjust as your body tells you. Try to sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room. Avoid cell phones, televisions, or anything with a blue lit screen in the hour before bed. Treat yourself to a lavender pillow spray or freshly laundered linens. And don’t be afraid of a cozy afternoon nap on those grey days.
Drink more water
There’s a general rule that you can take your body weight and divide it in half, and that’s how many ounces of water you should drink. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you would want to drink at least 80 ounces of water a day.
Get some exercise
Just get up and move more. Wear a fitness band, set a timer, dance while you vacuum. Whatever motivates you or causes you to move more, do it. If the weather permits, go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine while you’re at it.
Eat fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy fats
Try to have at least one serving of fruit or vegetables with each meal. Avoid over processed foods and sugar-laden products. For healthy fats try to incorporate more nuts, eggs, avocado, salmon, and similar items.
Cut back on bad habits
If you’re a smoker, try quitting. If you can’t quit, then at least try cutting back. Same goes for alcohol consumption. We all know they’re terrible for us, but we also understand they’re quite addicting. Do the best that you can, and try to find healthy ways to reward yourself when you’re successful.
Take probiotics and vitamins
As your doctor which would be best for you. Do your research or perhaps go speak to a nutritionist. There are several companies now that have online quizzes where you can find out what supplements might be best for your life stage. Care/of, Nature Made, and Hum Nutrition all offer assessments.
Stress can do crazy things to the body. Try stretching, listening to music, and concentrating on your breath. Avoid the news or people who may raise your anxiety. Find a meditation app or a good friend to enjoy a relaxing meal with.
Our immune systems are amazing machines that keep us safe. When we start gathering again and hugging one another and taking a few more risks, our hard work to strengthen our bodies will pay off. While you work to protect your health, LTC Consumer works hard to protect your wealth, retirement, and family. Our team of specialists work with you to find long term care solutions, so when tragedy strikes, you don’t have to worry. Get a quote today, and find out if long term care insurance is right for you.