As we (hopefully) near the end of the pandemic as we know it, it's still important to do everything you can to stay healthy. As we approach allergy season--I mean spring, we wanted to share some tips to help you keep your body at peak performance.
As you know, your immune system isn't just a single entity. It's impossible to directly target your immune system because it functions as a team effort. The upside of this is that there are many different ways to give your immune system a boost. A healthy immune system needs harmony and balance.
The good news is that you're already on the right track just by being here and working with the weighting For Warriors team. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a key element to a strong immune system.
But what else can you do?
Minimize Stress: Yeah, that's pretty vague. But the more stressed you are emotionally, the easier it will be for you to get sick. You can meditate, journal, set up a routine, take a bath-whatever will help you relax. Each Sunday evening, our friend Mel of Not so Starving Artist does live meditations on Instagram! And don't be ashamed of an adult coloring book. Ash lyn has a dinosaur one. We're not kidding.
Get Your Nutrients: While it hasn't been proven that any specific herb will give you immune support. it has been shown that micro- nutrients are essential to immunity. The easiest way to get all your micronutrients is to eat tons of fruits and veggies. They don't have to be organic, but they should be as fresh as possible.
If you feel as if you aren't getting enough produce in your diet, you can always consider a multivitamin supplement. Micronutrients your body needs include: zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E. If you want to get really fancy, you can use a service like Ritual to customize your vitamins for you. If you want to keep it simple, you can pick up a bottle like this from Amazon or CVS.
Catch those Z's: Make sure you're getting enough sleep every night. Studies have shown that adults who don't get at least six hours of sleep each night are more susceptible to illness. So if you needed an excuse to sleep in later, this is it.
DRINK WATER: Enough said.
Ease Up On The Extra Sugar: Don't cut out sugar completely, but be wary of added sugars. The less processed your food is, the better it will be for you. But don't be afraid to treat yourself. A cupcake will not give you a cold. Well-unless someone sneezed on it.
Healthy Fats: Studies have shown that eating healthy fats can also bulk up your immunity. Foods such as avocado, salmon, Chia seeds, and olive oil can reduce inflammation and keep your body running smoothly.
Fermented Foods: Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, healthy bacteria that populate your digestive tract. Keeping a steady amount of probiotics in your digestive system can help protect you against harmful invaders. Yogurt, Kombucha, kimchi, Kafir, etc. Probiotic supplements are also good! If you're a woman, probiotics can also help prevent yeast infections.
Drink Green Tea: Green tea contains high levels of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Try saying that five times fast. Studies have shown that EGCG enhances immune function. so next time you're at Starbucks, get a Venti green tea unsweetened and you'll be healthy as a horse.
Shower Post-Workout: Right after a workout, hop in the shower and wash all that sweat away. Not to be all gross, but sweat helps to breed fungus and bacteria, which can lead to illness, so just get clean.
And it goes without saying, but wash your hands.
What are your favorite immunity boosters? Let us know in the comments!