With many of us working and schooling from home, we've been spending less time outside. However, that does not mean you don't have to build on your immunity. Here are 8 tips to help you ensure your body's immune system remains strong in the comfort of your home.
1. Load Up on the Smelly Food
You might be one of those who don’t appreciate the smell of onion and garlic, but that could change once you know their many health benefits.
In fact, garlic is known all over the world as animmunity boosting superstar because of its ability to help treat the common cold and boost the immune system. If you’d like to enjoy a dish loaded with garlic and onion, then try this recipe.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. When we sleep, our immune system releases proteins called cytokines, which are needed when we have infections or inflammation or when under stress. Without proper sleep, we will lack these vital proteins. As a guide, adults should be sleeping between 7-8 hours, while teenagers should be sleeping 9-10 and children slightly longer. Learn more about the importance of sleep here.
3. Eat Foods Rich in Probiotics
Probiotics are good bacteria that help boost immunity, improve digestive health and so much more. Creating dishes with probiotic-rich foods like yoghurt, pickles, kefir and kimchi, and storing them in your trusty Thermos® Food Jar, will not only allow you to eat healthier but also enjoy good food in the comfort of your home.
Tip: if your dish contains fresh milk, it’s best to consume within an hour from the Food Jar to retain freshness.
4. Stock Up on Your Vitamins
There’s no better time to really load up on your vitamins than now. Vitamins A, C and D, zinc and iron are just some of the most essential nutrients for boosting the immune system, so make sure to include them not only in your daily supplement intake but also as part of your diet.
5. Exercise Regularly
Being at home more often gives you the perfect opportunity to get exercise into your routine. You don’t even need a home gym or equipment to keep yourself fit because there are many easy workouts that you can do at home. Of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated! Don’t forget to stay hydrated by having the Thermos® Sports Bottle by your side.
6. Keep Hydrated
Talking of hydration, taking in your daily fluids throughout the day is highly important as it helps to remove toxins from your body, thus boosting your immune system.
7. Wash Your Hands Regularly
You cannot put too much emphasis on the importance of washing your hands. Regular hand washing isn’t only one of the best measures for protecting yourself against bad bacteria that can attack your immune system, but it’s also one of the best practices you can embrace at home to keep the entire household a cleaner place.
8. Take Time Out For Yourself
Finally, there’s the importance of proper stress management. From spending more time at home, to being concerned for family and friends, it’s no secret that stress levels have heightened for many of us. Take time out for yourself to enjoy activities that you know reduce your stress levels, such as painting, getting lost in your favourite book, listening to music, or snuggling up with the family to watch a movie.