Ever wonder why some people get sick and become bedridden for days, while others show few symptoms? This phenomenon is due to differences in immune function. Some simply deal with an invading organism effectively – showing few to no symptoms of long-term consequence – while others may already express partial immunity. In fact, how quickly you recover from a viral or bacterial infection is a great way to determine how robust your immune system is!
The best way to keep a robust immunity is to effectively arm your immune system. This is especially important when we are on holiday – at home or abroad. Whether it’s a staycation or vacation, we tend to eat less healthy and change our sleep pattern, which could suppress our immune system function and decrease our body’s ability to respond to bacteria and viral infections such as colds and flu. As a society, we are living longer than past generations, and thanks to modern medicine we are surviving viruses that would have once killed us.
Whether you plan to travel or ‘staycation’ over the break, the following tips can help build a strong and healthy immune system.
- 80% of infections are transmitted via contact or touching surfaces – so be sure to wash your hands often.
- Make sure you eat a minimum of 12 servings of fresh organic fruits and veggies every day. Here’s what you need to know: a serving is ½ cup and you need to include every colour of the rainbow for both categories.
- Stay hydrated! If you’re planning to indulge in some celebratory drinking, ensure you remember to consume enough water to keep your body hydrated.
Quick tips are good for something quick and easy to implement in the short-term. But for long-term gain, preparing your immune system routinely is key.