Today I wanted to talk about boosting your immune system because honestly, I think I’m great at taking care of my children and family, but when it comes to myself, err… let’s just say that I could do better (deja vu moment, I feel like I’ve said that before).
Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to focus more on taking care of myself, particularly when it comes to maintaining a good level of health – eating well, sleeping well, resting well.
Student life can be tough, so reviewing your self-care techniques often can help to smooth out the journey.
Let’s talk about food
Week after week I find myself looking for quick, easy, tasty and – most importantly – nutritious meals, but being a working student mom with a family to take care of can make it a bit tricky.
OK, so I don’t get my 5-a-day every day, but I do get as much fruit as I’m in the mood to consume into my diet, sometimes I try switching ‘cheeky processed snacks’ like biscuits and crisps for vitamin C boosting fruits such as oranges.
Keeping hydrated is also important for immunity and if you’re anything like me, adding a slice of lemon to your water bottle or even using lemon zest in your cooking is another way to top up on those good ingredients.
You probably wouldn’t think it but apparently red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruit, so I like to chop and toss that into a good side salad, couscous (source of protein and fibre) or quick stir-fry with garlic, ginger and broccoli (all immune boosting foods), to stay supercharged.
Boosting your immune system is more than just food consumption though, but a good immune system is important for obvious reasons – keeping germs, coughs, colds and bugs away!
Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
As a child, I used to be given Seven Seas pure cod liver oil (sometimes mixed with orange juice) to boost my immune system and support my general health. I didn’t appreciate it then but now I understand why my parents put me through it – hehee. Cod liver oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids and is packed with vitamins A, D and E, which all have great health benefits.
Do you prefer eating foods that contain vitamins or taking supplements? Well, taking vitamins, minerals and supplements can support your immunity but if you’re eating a balanced diet and regularly exercising to maintain an active lifestyle, you’re probably doing enough.
Self-care is so important for boosting your immune system and there are some basic practices that we should all follow to minimise the spread of germs and strengthen our immunity. These include, as mentioned earlier, eating, sleeping and resting well.
Good hygiene practices are also important and particularly with the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, regular hand washing, before and after using the toilet, before and after eating, will also reduce the risks of germs spreading and support a well-rounded immune system.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!