Wow, where did this year go? (it has certainly flown by with everything going on). Now winter is upon us, supporting our immune system is more important than ever. Which is why we've asked our good friend from Next Step Nutrition, Jonny Landels for his tips to boost your immune system... Enter Jonny:
FOCUS ON FOOD:
‘Eat the rainbow’ does not mean eating Skittles.
We’re talking about fruits and vegetables, the better the variety, the better the nutrient density is going to be. Within your whole body, including your gut microbes (another blog entirely) . Make sure to include plenty of different colours, types, fresh and frozen. All is good. Just go ahead and smash that in.
If you are not going outside at the moment through the height of the sun in some areas of the world (if only that were the case here in England) or you do not get enough sunshine due to short winter days and poor weather, I would definitely recommend stocking up on some of ICON's Vitamin K2 & D3 complex as it is absolutely key to overall health and wellbeing. Of course, there is no better way of getting those key sunshine vitamins than just getting outside. Remember, safe sun exposure is key also.
Make sure that you relax before bed without screens. Make sure you relax before bed, in order to improve the quality and quantity of the sleep that you’re getting every night.
My last tip on improving immunity right now, would be to manage your stress without food or alcohol. Make sure you read, journal, meditate, do things with your significant other or friends. All these activities are going to help not only improve your sleep but also improve your immune system, because your body is dealing with less overall stress on the system as well.
So what can we do to improve our immune system?
focus on a diverse and plentiful amount of fruit and vegetables, focus on supplements if you need to top up, but not before you focus on food, then focus on improving your sleep and managing your stress.
THANK YOU FOR READING:
"Jonny is the owner and head coach of Next Step Nutrition, an online coaching company dedicated to keeping diet and exercise simple. As such, they offer seminars, coaching and programs to help people lead healthier, happier lives. Jonny is the resident fitness expert for BBC Radio Leeds, host of Next Step Espresso, a daily fitness podcast, and in his spare time likes walking his dogs, drinking great coffee, craft beer, and performing in amateur musical theatre."
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