In the current climate, it's only natural to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about the foreseeable future. But in times of uncertainty, the best advice is to focus on what you can control. And there's never been a more important time than now to put the focus on protecting your immune system.
We all know that hand washing and social distancing are the most effective controls we can implement to help prevent the spread of coronavirus - however, a healthy lifestyle will ensure your immune system defences are as strong as they can be.
At Craft Smoothie, we’re committed to ensuring that our smoothie box delivery service will continue to support Kiwis in maintaining healthy lifestyles over this period. To further support the wellbeing of our community, we’ve compiled a list of practical tips for supporting optimal immune function. Here are 5 simple ways you can start protecting your immunity from home...
"A healthy diet builds a healthy gut and therefore a strong immune system, which makes our health more robust and our body less susceptible to infections, infection pathogens, viruses and pathogenic bacteria," says Hannah Richards, nutritionist and author of The Best Possible You: A Unique Nutritional Guide To Healing Your Body. To feed your gut flora and support a healthy gut, we need to be eating a varied and colourful diet with plenty of high-fibre, plant-based foods - which is exactly what you can expect from your Craft Smoothie Box.
Just like a healthy diet, regular exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. According to Professor Arne Akbar, president of the British Society for Immunology, “exercise mobilises white blood cells by increasing your blood flow, so they can do their surveillance jobs and seek and destroy in other parts of the body.” This means the white blood cells can move through the body freely and do their job efficiently. Exercise also has the positive side effect of reducing stress, which is next on our list of immunity-protecting controls.
In uncertain times, it’s only natural for people to experience varrying levels of stress due to feelings of fear or anxiety. The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and lead to increased production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can compromise immune function. This is why managing stress levels is key. And with more of the global workforce now working from home, managing stress is essential to maintaining a happy, healthy and productive workforce. The best advice to get through this comes back to focusing on what you can control, rather than being worried about what you can’t control.
Being proactive in taking care of your health will help you feel more in control. And by helping others cope with their stress levels, you can also make your community stronger. Here's how to get back in control:
Eating well, keeping active and managing stress can all be linked to a better night's sleep better - which is a bonus because a tired body is more susceptible to infection. A study conducted in 2019 found that lack of sleep impaired the disease-fighting ability of specialised immune cells called T cells.
Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased chance of infection. Vitamin D, which is produced by the body in response to sunlight, is essential to proper functioning of the immune system. So if you're self-isolating or working from home, it's essential to make sure you're making time to get outside every day.
Please be proactive in looking after your health over this time and follow government guidelines and recommendations from the World Health Organisation.
We're proud to be supporting thousands of New Zealanders to keep on top of their health with a convenient breakfast solution that cares about protecting your immunity. If you want to give Craft Smoothie a try, you just need to place an order before midnight on Wednesday for delivery on the following Tuesday.
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