In the current pandemic situation numbers of covid cases are still high. Probably you have already read articles about how to improve your immune system by diet or taking additional vitamin supplements. With this blog post I would like to give you an insight into how you can strengthen your immune system by other lifestyle factors than diet.
One of the most underrated out all that we can do to improve our physical health is probably adequate sleep. Research found that subjects who had slept less than six hours a night were 4 times more likely to catch the cold compared to those who got more than seven hours of sleep. It is thought that during sleep certain chemicals called cytokines that are released that are helpful in combating infection but if a body is deprived of sleep and doesn’t get good quality and quantity of rest the lack of these chemicals can lead to poorer immune performance. Therefore, the recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours. I know it’s not always feasible to fit in, but worth trying as sleep is one of the main pillars or our health.
As we all know, the gut’s main job is to digest food and take in minerals and nutrients, but that’s not all. On top of this, our gut accommodates 70% of our immune cells and by this plays a huge part in protecting us from illnesses. Now, there is not one single way to measure whether your gut is healthy or not, however having uncomfortable symptoms like cramping, diarrhea or even constipation for longer term could be a sign that it might need assessment. Luckily there is a lot we can do in order to improve our gut health. Here you can learn more about how to improve your gut health.
Before jumping onto to suggest that everyone should regularly do some form of sports, I would like to talk to you about the concept of being physically active because the two are not necessarily the same. Physical activity is defined by any bodily movement, while exercise or workout is a planned and structured repetitive movement. What is really interesting is that research shows that exercising regularly doesn’t necessarily protect us from the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, therefore before sending people to the gym the recommendation is to aim to be physically active every day and try to reduce or break up the time spent by sitting or lying down. Once we manage to make changes in our lives around this we can start considering working out regularly.
However, interestingly enough there is no strong scientific evidence that suggests a direct relationship in between regular physical exercise and a stronger immune system, more so an indirect one. We know that doing sports has many benefits related to improved sleep and stress management and is even linked to better gut health. What we also know from reports is that people who practise regular physical activities are more likely to engage in other health promoting behaviours and that all together can create better health outcomes.
We can see that our health is complex but luckily there are things in our reach we can start doing today in order to keep our immune system and our body strong. Here at Fresh by Terra, we’ve got you covered as for healthy and balanced meals, so you can spend more time and focus more on other aspects of your health.