- Debbie Baisden
HELP BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Controversy alert today! 😉
This year has taught us how important it is to be PROACTIVE and take charge of your personal HEALTH as much as possible.
We have heard a lot about preventing the spread of illnesses this year…
but one thing that we haven’t heard much about is strengthening your body’s natural defenses against illness.
You already know that a healthy, balanced diet of whole foods (vs. processed) that are low in sugar is good for you.
And that keeping your routine steady – with enough sleep (7-8 hours a night) and not too much stress – is also good for your immune system.
Moving your body also plays a major role –
→ It can keep your body’s lymphatic system moving. This system is a huge part of your immune system, keeping all your disease-fighting white blood cells and antibodies flowing through your body, and helping to get rid of waste.
→ Being physically active can flush invading bacteria out of your respiratory system, cutting your risk of getting sick.
→ The slight increase in body temp caused by vigorous exercise might stop bacteria from growing, helping your body fight infection.
→ Also, exercise can reduce stress and help you sleep better!
That’s great, but you might be wondering how to put it into action?
* Acute exercise (defined as moderate-to-vigorous intensity that lasts less than an hour) is an important immune system booster, especially if you workout on a near-daily basis. For example: a walk, riding a bike, or quick weights session.
* Too much exercise (like an athlete prepping for a major event) OR if you work out hard while under a lot of other stress (not eating enough, traveling, too little sleep, etc.) can actually harm your immune system because it can overstress your system.
The takeaway: Definitely MOVE and be ACTIVE most days of the week, but don’t do it too long or too intensely too often. Find your sweet spot!
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