In today’s unique environment, taking care of yourself is more important than ever!
Everything we do, from what we eat, the air we breathe, the people we hang around and the lotions we use, can all impact our immune system. While it may seem overwhelming, there are simple steps you can take today to help build up your body.
In this 3-part series, I will share with you some simple steps, foods and even some yummy recipes that may help you keep your immune system strong!
5 Simple Steps
1- Sleep: While most of us have heard for years that we need to get a little more shut eye, few of us have actually made it a priority, leaving us sleep deprived and reaching for a coffee, instead of a nourishing glass of water. Did you know that sleep deprivation can trigger headaches and irritability? Try getting a little more sleep, your body will thank you for it. Think 7-9 hours.
2- Make a shift to positive: In today's world, were connected 24/7, the constant stimulation, leaving us in constant fight or flight mode. It's time to slow down and disconnect from unneeded chatter. Instead of using all your energy to react to every notification on your cell phone, turn off the notifications (you can still check them as often as you like but at least your calling the shots instead of the chime on your phone) Control your thoughts and don’t worry about the things you can not control. Spend time every day to think about things you are grateful for. The simple act of feeling grateful will help shift your mindset from a fearful rushed state, to a calmer, more positive mode!
3- Be nice to your GUT: You are what you eat, may sound like a cliché statement but it's true. If you are eating a diet full of processed foods, and sugars, you are making it hard for your gut to absorb the nutrients it desperately needs. Your Gut houses nearly 80% of your immune cells so feed it well, with organic, whole, unprocessed foods.
4- Reduce Stress: chronic stress can take its toll on your immune system. Making a conscious effort to reduce the stress in your life is important. Call a friend, keep a journal, go for a walk outdoors, and yoga are just a few things you do today!
5- Move: This is where I get an eyeroll from some of my clients. The thought of committing to exercise can be daunting, but it does not have to be. My tip: Do not overthink it. You can add movement into your life easily with simple things like going on a walk with your family before dinner, call a friend to meet up for a lunch break stroll, or taking in a virtual yoga class. Dust off your bike that been sitting in your garage for the last year and go for a ride. Pick an activity you enjoy and just move!
Coming up next week:
Part 2 - Simple Steps to Self -care: Foods that nourish!
This blogpost is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not medical, mental health or healthcare advice. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental or emotional condition.