Updated: Jul 7, 2020
For those of us who have not been interacting with our fellow man or fellow woman for the past few months, it's going to take some adjustment as we venture outside this summer. We will probably find ourselves in stores, coffeeshops, or other indoor places as well as just hanging with friends and family in backyards and porches. We will have more exposure for sure. How can we protect ourselves?
In addition to the oft stated precautions, there is one thing we can do that rarely gets discussed by health officials. We can strengthen our immune system. This can be easier than you think. Surprisingly, even small modifications of our lifestyle can have big impacts in the system that provides our first line of defense against pesky foreign invaders.
Here is one thing you can do that has a huge impact. . .
Get good night sleep!!!
A recent study showed that after just one night of getting four hours of sleep, your natural killer T cells (these are your first line of defense, in other words, your first responders, that your immune system uses to fight virus', bacteria and cancer cells) are reduced by 70%. You heard right. Just one night of bad sleep and you are way more susceptible to infection. If you are interested in learning more about this study, here it is
There are other things you can do to fine tune your immune system such as:
Lesson your sugar intake and increase your vegetables
Take appropriate supplements (D, C, Mushroom blends etc)
In the next blog posts, I will discuss each one of these and a simple thing you can do to bring all of them into your life so that you can enjoy your summer as much as possible and worry as little as possible.