As I see it, prevention is always better than cure. I aim to build up my immune system all year round, so that when flu season rolls round, I’m well defended against any virus or infection that attacks. Building a strong immune system isn’t rocket science, so with a little commitment you’ll be fighting fit.
Watch Your Diet
Eating healthily isn’t hard, but bad habits can be difficult to break. I used to struggle to get enough fruit and veggies in my diet, but in the past few years since having children I’ve made a special effort to get a more balanced diet. A healthy immune system is rooted in vegetables, fruits and plenty of protein, so take a look at your diet if you find yourself getting sick frequently.
Reduce Your Stress
High stress levels can have a serious effect on your immune system, which will lead to missed days at work and an unhealthy body. Check out my article on relaxation if you struggle to wind down- bringing your stress down will work wonders for your health.
Take Care Of Yourself
Sleep and exercise are both key in immune function. Studies have shown that people who work out regularly get less colds every year than those who get less exercise, so add that to your list of motivations to get yourself to the gym. Getting at least eight hours of sleep every night is also vital. I know how difficult it can be to get enough sleep in when you have babies or small children, but even the odd nap here and there while your little one sleeps will make you feel better and help your body fight cold and flu.
Stay Away From Smoke
There’s no need to tell you, I’m sure, that smoking isn’t great for your health. But even if you don’t indulge in cigarettes yourself, try to limit your exposure to tobacco smoke- this exposure can cause increased respiratory infections in both adults and children.