Cold and flu season is right around the corner, and this year in particular I am trying to listen to my body and give it rest and self-care when it needs it, even if it means that some housework gets delayed for a short time. Here are some things to be mindful of to support your wellness and your immune system.
Be mindful of what your body needs. Most of the time, we tend to push through any feelings of stress and fatigue until we accomplish what we have on our to do list. But when our body gets run down, overworked, or overstressed, our immune system weakens. Stress hormones and lack of sleep suppress our immune system, causing it to be less efficient at fighting off illness. Here are some things you can do to:
Support your immune system with food. We have been told since we were kids that it is important to eat our fruits and vegetables because they contain vitamins and minerals, but what do they do? We have billions of chemical reactions happening in our bodies and vitamins and minerals are co-factors in these reactions, making sure that everything happens in sequence and efficiently. You also find important vitamins and minerals in other foods like whole grains and protein foods. Getting your vitamins and minerals from food are better absorbed by the body than they are from supplements. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you are getting enough:
If you are struggling to make nourishing choices, need help meal planning or wondering if you should be taking a supplement, book a consultation with me, Gabby, your Registered Dietitian. I can assess your needs and help you find a routine that fits your lifestyle.