• Top up your friendly bugs.
Those that reside in our intestines have been proven to have a very positive impact on our immune system. Too few and we get ill. It’s very easy to give them a boost with a quick course of probiotics which are available in both capsule and powder form. My daughters absolutely love drinking yakult probiotic drink each morning and it is used for good digestion as this is important, around 70% of our overall immunity (immune cells) lies there. So a healthy digestive system is the key to good health and longevity.
• Try and get more sleep.
There is a close association between immune function and sleep. Sufficient sleep, believed to be at least 7 uninterrupted hours a night, enables the immune system to recharge. Interestingly the onset of an illness of any kind also increases our need for sleep as our immune systems go into battle. As the mum of one very early morning riser and one night owl I do understand how hard it can be to get a good nights sleep (I am a perpetually exhausted pidgeon), but why not try and log off an hour early for a week and see just how much better you feel.
• Eat Well.
We all know that we should eat 5 a day and eat a rainbow but often as busy parents it can be challenging at times. However, know exactly why I need to encourage this in my children and myself really helps. Fresh food in a rainbow of colours provides added benefits that supplements can never hope to live up to including enzymes, fibre and helping your body to absorb all these extra nutrients you are fuelling yourself with. Also, cut right down on your refined sugar intake. Studies have shown that eating sugar suppresses our immune system for up to 5hrs; plenty of time to catch that cold.
- Wash your hands.
I am not overly concerned when it comes to mud and muck – well ny youngest daughter is just a girl with muck on, but I do insist on clean hands. I make sure that we wash our hands when we come in the house and also before we eat. I also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my bag just in case. As well as baby wipes in my handbag even though they are not toddlers as you just never know.
- Moderate Excercise.
It is all about balance. Apparently people who do moderate exercise are 20% less likely to get a cold, but overdoing things can leave you more susceptible. I find that we all feel much better after we have been out for a brisk walk with the dog even if it can take a lot of nagging to get my eldest daughter to participate sometimes we feel fantastic and have a great time doing it! Another thing we love doing is going swimming, I try to take them swimming at least once a week and we all feel great so relaxed afterwards.
Each day we have our own vitamins and supplements to take I take my daily dosage of Vitl supplements and my daughters take their own bassets multivitamin chew. I was skeptical buying these but honestly I wouldn’t live without them now we don’t catch as many colds or bugs and we feel more active and healthy than before.
This is my daily routine to try and keep my family a little more healthier.
Do you have a routine with your family?