Between high pollution days, the flu season and the spread of the Coronavirus, it is more essential than ever to strengthen and maintain your immunity. And let’s face it, when one member of the family is down – it can feel like everyone is! So, keep the whole family healthy together with Little Step’s Top 5 immune-boosting tips.
Fortunately, exercise does not only equate to sweating it out for hours at the gym. As little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can boost the immune system, giving you a better chance of fighting off viruses and infections. Sneak in exercise through fun, family-bonding activities like a bike ride at the park or a dance party at home. With older ones, try adopting a more structured routine – this could also be a great opportunity to pick up matching gear and try out a new workout class together!
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Research is beginning to show that essential oils may help in preventing or fighting off the common cold and viruses like the flu. Added bonus – they smell amazing! Often used in a variety of ways, it’s best to check with a professional before beginning a regimen. Tree tea oil has strong anti-viral properties, as does eucalyptus oil and bergamot oil in vapor form, while cinnamon leaf oil and red thyme oil can help ease symptoms of viruses in a liquid form.
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The saying of “you are what you eat” really does ring true! Give your immune system a boost with mindful diet choices. Supplementing garlic to our meals (before heating) or eating citrus fruits at breakfast for a dose of vitamin C can serve as immune boosters. Tumeric, with its strong anti-inflammatory properties, can be added to meals or teas. Other superfoods include broccoli, ginger, spinach, papaya, kiwi, elderberry, and sunflower seeds. Include these at mealtimes to give yourself a natural, helping hand!
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All parents know how amazing it feels to get a good night’s sleep, but besides the feel-good factor, recent studies have shown that sound sleep can improve the effectiveness of our immune cells. If falling asleep proves tough for energized little ones, have a go at meditation which can be used as a relaxation technique before bed. Another way to offset the negative effects of sleep deprivation is by taking a nap – and there is no need to feel guilty about squeezing one in, in fact, science says you should!
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