It’s normal this time of year, as temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors, that we pick up a little sniffle, cold or catch flu. Amid COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to stay safe and healthy. With that in mind, here are some easy tips to help keep your health elevated, so that your body can fight off those nasty germs all winter long.
It’s important to remember that our immune systems already do an amazing job of keeping us healthy every day. But often without knowing it, we put our bodies under stress by living an unhealthy lifestyle. This can impact our ability to fight off germs.
While there is still much research happening in this space, there are general healthy-living strategies that can apply to everyone to promote improved wellness.
Your first line of defence against germs is choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. But what does that look like exactly? Let’s look at avoiding behaviours that lower immunity as well as include more behaviours that promote general health and wellness:
- Get enough good-quality sleep (between 7 and 9 hours for most adults).
- Do not smoke.
- If you drink, only drink in moderation.
- Eat a diet high in vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
If you’re wanting to get into exercise but don’t know where or how to start, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Visit our Facebook page, where Medshield Movement Ambassadors host free live workouts on Sundays that all are welcome to join. You can also find all our past video workouts here.
If you’re looking to consult with a doctor on how to help you improve your lifestyle or eating habits, visit the Medshield Network to find an expert in your area.
Diet and immunity
When it comes to diet, there are some changes that one can make to support immune functioning. Recently studies have shown a real link between gut health and the immune system. To improve and support gut health, it’s important to eat more whole foods; include fermented foods in your diet, like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha; and take probiotic supplements.
Healthy fats, like those found in olive oil and salmon, may boost your body’s immune response to pathogens by decreasing inflammation. Make sure you get enough vitamins and nutrients, particularly Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin B. For healthy recipe inspiration and ideas, visit our Resource Hub.
Obesity may increase your risk of getting sick, so try to maintain a healthy weight. See our ClickFit Programmes – free for Medshield members – tailored to help you get fitter, with increased flexibility and strength. There are also fitness programmes designed for total beginners too, so don’t be shy – join the journey!
Additional ways to care for your health and avoid catching germs:
- Wash both hands properly and regularly with antibacterial soap and hand sanitiser.
- Stay up-to-date with your vaccines.
- Include mindfulness practices like yoga, breathwork, meditation or journaling to help ease stress.