Keeping your immune system strong is now more important than ever and will help you go about your daily routine. Having a compromised immune system creates a greater risk for you to contract infections and infectious disease more readily, particularly at a time like this with the rapid spreading of COVID-19, it is significantly important to do everything you can to stay healthy, happy and with a strong immune system.
Your immune system plays a remarkable role in fighting off bacteria, diseases and virus-causing microorganisms. The role of your immune system is to fight invading pathogens, however, for your immune system to function well, it requires a balance, quite like that of homeostasis — which you probably learnt about back in high school Biology.
The biggest antagonist for your immune system is your stress level, which is commonly disregarded on a daily basis. Your stress levels impact your body in more ways than one, it can affect your skin, your hair, your mood and of course your immune system. That is why it is extremely important to manage stress, especially in a time like this.
With April being Stress Awareness Month we are here to give you our top tips on keeping your immune system strong, healthy and reducing your stress levels.
A BALANCED DIET
Ensuring you are maintaining a balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients will help increase your immunity and fight off any unwanted pathogens. However, flooding your body with excess vitamins can, in fact, be quite toxic and compromise your body. For example; Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, thus consuming too much will cause the body to excrete the excess through urine – wasteful. Maintaining a balanced diet is the most effective way to ensure you’re getting all of your essential vitamins and nutrients. Although, if you are the type of individual who struggles to get all your vitamins through food, using supplements — specifically Vitamin C and B Vitamins can be beneficial. Vitamin B6 assists in the absorption of B12 which is needed to create red blood cells and cells for your immune system.
Studies have shown that incorporating superfoods such as Turmeric and Camu Camu into your diet can support the body’s immune system, especially when it’s fighting against stress. These superfoods can be consumed in a variety of ways, but our favourite is by drinking superfood-infused BYS coffee – The One Range for your Turmeric fix or Glow/Glow Mocha to get your daily dose of Camu Camu.
Studies show that sleep deprivation can lead to a compromised immune system and suppressed immunity, as well as affecting how well you can recover if you do get sick. When you are asleep your immune system releases proteins called cytokines which protect your body against infectious diseases and helps promote sleep. If you are sleep deprived your immune system struggles to create enough cytokines, therefore your body needs enough sleep to help fight off infections.
Studies recommend to avoid looking at a screen 30 minutes - 1 hour before bed each night to help improve and achieve a deeper sleep. So grab your favourite candle, a nice cup of tea and spend half an hour before bed away from technology, practising mindful meditation or relaxation. Really calm the mind before bed!
A meditation and mindfulness practise can produce a deep state of relaxation for not only the body but also the mind. Meditation allows you to unjumble and expel any thoughts that might be causing you stress and helps to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
Studies show that practising meditation for at least 10 minutes a day decreases your stress levels and, the less stress on your body, the lower your chances are of compromising your immune system.
Not only do all these tips promote a healthier immune system but combining them can create a healthier physical and emotional state of being. So go on, what are you waiting for?