Happy Healthy Body – Healthy Lifestyle
It’s always a good idea to take care of our bodies, especially with the flu and cold season approaching. A good line of defense for a healthy body is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following good health guidelines of self care is the single best step we can take toward keeping our bodies strong and healthy. Here are 10 suggestions:
Increase intake of fruits and vegetables. They give our bodies the vitamins and nutrients it needs.
Get sufficient sleep each night. Studies show that our bodies need 7 to 9 hours each night to regenerate, fight disease and function optimally. Sleep deprivation will overload our bodies functions which will suppress our immune system. Lack of sleep can contribute to higher stress levels which is noted next.
Reduce stress. Stress can elevate our hormones including our cortisol levels causing inflammation in our bodies. Prolonged elevation of our cortisol levels can negatively impact our immune system. Look for ways to lead a more stress free life and slow down. Do things everyday that calm your mind and soul, which will help lower your stress. Talk to a counselor, life coach, trusted friend or journal your emotions/life’s challenges.
Cut down on caffeine intake. Things like coffee, tea or chocolate which contain caffeine, have been proven to raise cortisol levels. Caffeine can also interfere with our natural sleep cycles.
Up your glasses of water. Our body’s composition is mostly water. There are a ton of health benefits to drinking water, but simply put, water flushes toxins out of our vital organs.
Exercise daily. Moderate exercise can help our bodies and immune system to fight infections. Aim for a simple 30 minute walk daily. Exercise assists our lymph system move the toxins out of our bodies. A lack of regular exercise will up your chances of getting a cold or flu. Not to mention that maintaining physical activity will boost our body and mind’s feel good chemicals and improve our quality of sleep. All of these factors will help boost our immune system.
Reduce your sugar intake. To be blunt, in order to keep your immune system functioning at its best, one of the most effective strategies is to avoid sugar. Sugar damages the body on a lot of different levels and contributes to the increasing rates of chronic disease worldwide.
Pay attention to gut health. Supplementing with probiotics and eating lots of fiber rich plant foods will not only balance your gut microbiome, but help optimize your immune system, about 80 percent of which resides in your gastrointestinal tract.
Consume alcohol in moderation. The key word is moderation. Alcohol produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune- boosting nutrients. Alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs.
Wash your hands. Washing your hands frequently cannot be overlooked as it is a simple but proven step to avoid getting infections. Learn and incorporate effective hand washing techniques into a health and wellness routine. (Yes, there really is a right way to wash our hands).
We hope this helps you and yours to stay happy and healthy this cold and flu season!