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6 ways to boost your immune system

Keep the sniffles at bay with these tips

 

Ahhh, it’s that time of the year again: sneezing, sniffles, achy bones, and shivers – you guessed it, it’s cold season. Get your game on to make sure you avoid falling prey to all the viruses going around. Here are some practical tips to boost your body’s immune system.

1- Get Adequate Sleep
Aim for 7 to 9 hours per night. Did you know that the most restorative sleep comes in the hours before midnight? Get the phone, tablet, laptop and TV out of the bedroom as this room should be solely intended for sleep, and for, well… you know. 😉

2- Destress
Ranks right up there as one of your immune system’s prime enemies. It can insidiously knock you flat when you’re least expecting it. Be mindful of your stressors. Sometimes a few small tweaks in your routine can lessen stress. How about re-evaluating the importance of some of those “essential” items of your to-do list or reducing a few volunteer commitments?

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3- Watch Out for Sugary Foods
Sugar can deplete the immune system’s defenses. An occasional sweet treat is fine, just don’t make a regular habit out of it.

4- Drink Water
It really is your best friend. Drink half of your body weight in ounces each day. Seem like quite a bit? Well, it’s surprisingly easy to incorporate that quantity during the day. Start by downing a glass when waking up, then drink a mid-morning cup of green tea, and have a bowl of homemade vegetable soup for lunch – see how fast it adds up?

5- Practice Good Hygiene
Washing your hands is obvious, not only after using the washroom or before preparing food, but also give them a good scrub after blowing your nose, feeding or petting your pet, or visiting/caring for someone a sick person.

6- Exercise
Incorporate exercise, such as a brisk 15 to 30-minute walk. Getting fresh air each day is a great way to chase away germs that might cause havoc not too far down the road. If you can’t get outside, why do not push-ups during TV commercials or squats as you’re brushing your teeth? These quick bursts of exercise do add up!

Small changes in our daily lifestyle can reap big rewards in our wellbeing. Who wants to be sniveling mess when you can go out and enjoy life to its fullest?

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22 December 2016

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