Have you heard about immune-boosting mindset & lifestyle tips?
Boosting our immunity is not only about the food and nutrients we put into our bodies, but also about our mindset and the lifestyle we lead. These three in combination are a powerful formula to boost your immune system and prevent ill-health.
5 Top Immunity-Boosting Mindset & Lifestyle Tips
Aim towards 6-7 hours of sleep daily. Lack of sleep or restorative sleep can impact your immune system by affecting your natural sleep-wake cycle, hormonal production and gut function which are pivotal in immunity.
Stress and anxiety can increase the release of the stress fight & flight hormone cortisol, trigger inflammation and impact blood sugar and insulin regulation. Techniques to manage stress and anxiety such as grounding techniques (e.g. breathing, singing) are key to keep a rest & digest mind-body conducive to a robust immune system.
REST & RELAXATION
A wired brain and constantly activated nervous system set the perfect scenario for a weakened immune system that can become more susceptible to virus and bacteria when rest and relaxation are non-existent.
MINDFULNESS & GRATITUDE
A robust immune system also thrives on your ability to be present in the here and now and on the daily heart-warming feelings of gratitude, compassion and kindness. If we think that our gut is connected to our nervous system and 70% of our immunity is in the gut, shouldn’t we foster a more mindful and compassionate mind?
Sun exposure is the best way for our bodies to get Vitamin D and this is particularly important in countries such as the UK where sun exposure can be limited particularly over the winter months. Unless you can go to a hot country on a regular basis, diet and supplementation can help to keep your Vitamin D levels in check and avoid deficiency or insufficiency. Vitamin D is well-known for its role in immunity so focus on prevention and maintenance.
Have you already checked your Vitamin D levels? Talk to your GP to get tested or get in touch with me.