As the weather starts to cool, it's key that we take the proper steps to support a healthy immune system.
Our accredited dietitian Candace, will explain a few ways to do so:
1. Increase fruit and vegetable intake: Loaded with vitamins and minerals to that are essential to help build immune cells and support the general function of the immune system. Fruits and veggies contain many of these as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients that have immune supportive effects.
2. Prioritize sleep: Sleep plays an important role in regulating the immune system. We are required to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night to stay in good health. Try to get to bed early each night by 9:30-10 pm. Sound hard? Try a warm Epsom salt bath before bed or herbal teas like chamomile and peppermint. Try reading a good book to avoid being on your phone right before bed it can aid in quality sleep by reducing direct blue light exposure.
3. Stay hydrated: Many say they are less likely to drink water during winter. Guilty? Well water can also be enjoyed in teas and soups. So grab yourself a cup of tea instead of drinking cold plain water. Or enjoy some bone broth as a warm and nourishing drink.
4. Check Vitamin D levels: Many people are unaware they are deficient in vitamin D, and as winter approaches those levels are more likely to drop. Vitamin D is an important regulator of the immune system, so get checked for your vitamin D status and supplement if needed.
5. Stress management: Stress in all forms is detrimental to our health. Stress hormones reduce some of the immune system’s function. So prioritize your destress moments throughout the day.
6. Stay active: Physical activity has been shown to help support the immune function. Choose your favourite running, swimming, cycling or just walking just get your body moving.