4 Ways to Support your Immune System
Last updated: July 25, 2020, at 6:34 p.m. PT
Originally published: May 16, 2020, at 10:41 a.m. PT
Since 80% of our immune cells are in our digestive tract, eating plenty of plant foods, or ‘prebiotics’ is the way to feed the good bacteria in your gut, or ‘probiotics’. Include colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds at each meal. Frozen fruit and veggies are okay, especially for those that are limiting trips to the store these days.
Prioritize sleep. Have you ever set an alarm to remind yourself that it’s time to go to bed? Most adults need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Kids need even more!
Find ways to manage stress in your daily life. Talk with a friend, meditate, get outside when you can, journal, or lend a hand to a neighbor who can’t get out.
Make time in your day to move your body. Physical activity is a great stress reliever, helps lift our mood, and helps us sleep better at night. Check out the Y's online fitness classes in the Healthy Living Room, go for a long walk, or do some yard work.