Fall is here but along with the changing colours, falling leaves, and heading back to school or work, fall also typically means going back to viruses, colds and flus! So what can we do to prevent sickness?
In this blog post, we’ll be going over the five key pillars of health, stress management, healthy eating, quality sleep, physical activity, and connection with others, and how they can bolster our immune systems.
Stress is a natural part of life, especially as busy women juggling lots of responsibilities, but over time, chronic stress leads to elevated cortisol, a stress hormone, which suppresses some immune responses to viral infections. When we find ways to reduce our stress, cortisol production decreases.
These are some of my favourite tips to manage stress more effectively:
What we eat makes a big difference in immune health! To arm our immune systems with all the nutrients needed to effectively fight infections, consider these tips:
During sleep, our bodies recharge and repair. Prioritizing quality sleep is essential for a strong immune system. Here are some tips to help ensure we get good quality sleep:
Regular, moderate physical activity is vital to keeping our immune systems healthy! While guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, as little as 20 minutes can reduce inflammation and support effective immune responses to infection. Ways to include more activity into our daily routine include:
Human connection is essential for mental and emotional well-being, which, in turn, supports the immune system. Positive emotions, from even brief social connections, have been shown to improve cellular immune response. We can connect with others by:
Optimizing our immunity through lifestyle choices is a proactive and empowering approach to maintaining good health. By managing stress, eating a balanced diet, getting quality sleep, engaging in physical activity, and nurturing connections with others, we can strengthen our immune systems and increase our overall well-being.
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