How can I support my immune system?
– Eat a healthy and balanced diet to help prevent Vitamin deficiencies, which can negatively impact normal immune function. Many micronutrients contribute to your immune health, including Vitamin C, Selenium, Amino Acids, Zinc, Vitamin D, and B Vitamins: which is why it is important to eat a varied diet and take supplements if needed, in order to maintain optimal levels of these Vitamins and minerals.
– Take care of your gut health
– Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and smoke inhalation
– Practice good hygiene habits, such as proper hand washing
– Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
– Get enough good quality sleep
– Minimise stress in your daily life
– Make sure to go to your GP for regular check-ups, and to seek their attention if you don’t feel like your usual self
Look after your immune system and it will look after you!
What is Vitamin D good for?
Being in deficient in Vitamin D can put your health at risk. Signs you may be low in Vitamin D include: getting ill often, hair loss, joint and back pain, muscle weakness, tiredness and fatigue, low mood, impaired wound healing, poor sleep, and brain fog.
How do I recover from the flu?
You can take over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen to help relieve any aches and pains and bring your temperature down. Avoid smoking and make sure you eat healthy foods, particularly those rich in Vitamin C, B Vitamins, and minerals such as zinc and selenium, to help support your immune system.
How can I increase my energy levels?
More generally, making small changes to your daily routine has the ability to significantly affect how energetic you feel. An obvious one is to ensure you are getting enough sleep, and that your sleep is of good quality. Although the amount of sleep each individual needs can vary, a rough recommendation is to aim for at around 7-9 hours of sleep each night to maintain healthy energy levels and support overall health. Research also suggests that adding more exercise to your daily routine and staying active could also reduce fatigue and increase your energy levels.
It is also important to drink enough water to ensure you are fully hydrated, as dehydration can have a huge effect on your brain function, mood and energy levels – as well as your health in general. If you drink a lot of caffeine, make sure you are having hydrating drinks also, as caffeine itself is a mild diuretic.
How can I ease a migraine?
A growing body of research suggests that some Vitamins and minerals can aid in migraine prevention, such as Vitamin B2, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and CoQ10 (short for Coenzyme Q10).
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can help relieve the pain, although taking these too frequently may cause medication overuse headaches, making you feel worse. If OTC painkillers do not help ease your symptoms, your GP can prescribe you other treatments including triptans and anti-sickness medication.
How can I avoid getting the flu?
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is crucial for maintaining your immune system. Vitamin C, B Vitamins, and minerals such as zinc and selenium, are particularly key in helping support normal immune function. Getting enough sleep is also important for keeping your immune system fighting fit.
The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It’s offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. Risk groups include: adults over 50 years of age, those who are pregnant, asthmatic individuals, and front-line workers.
How can I support my immune system?
Avoid smoking and passive smoke inhalation. This will aid in protecting your mucus membranes, nasal passages, mouth, throat, and lungs. Practice sensible alcohol consumption and avoid binge drinking also.
Make sure you get enough rest and sleep to keep your immune system healthy, and stay well-hydrated too.
Where do we get Vitamin D from?
Good dietary sources of Vitamin D include oily fish, red meat, fortified cereals, mushrooms and egg yolks.