Keeping ourselves healthy has never been more important than it is now, during the pandemic that’s sweeping the globe. Here are five ways you can help your immune system stay in tip-top condition.

Before we start though, it’s important to stress that while these tips can help you keep your body and mind as healthy and fit, they will not protect you from potentially catching the coronavirus.

 The only methods currently advocated by the World Health Organisation and medical professions to prevent contracting Covid-19 are:

  • rigorous and frequent hand-washing with soap, or with hand sanitiser;
  • not touching your face;
  • practising strict social distancing; and
  • staying at home unless you are performing an essential service, or have to go out for food, medicine, or to use an essential service, such as seeing a doctor.

Five tips to support your immune system:

  1. EAT WELL

While you’re in lockdown, it can be tempting to chow down on all the comfort foods you’ve got squirrelled away in your pantry, but remember the old adage “You are what you eat”. Support your immune system by powering your body with whole foods – fruit and veg, lean meats and healthy fats – rather than processed foods. Cut down on sugar and alcohol, and reduce your refined carbohydrates.

  1. STAY HYDRATED

Proper hydration supports the functioning of your whole body, and helps you recover faster during an infection. Stay away though, from sugary cold drinks and energy drinks.

  1. GET YOUR ZZZZs

We need enough good quality sleep to help our bodies stave off infection, and to fight off infection if we do fall sick. Check out the infographic below to see if you’re getting enough sleep each night.

You can enhance your sleep with a Protect-A-Bed mattress protector that will ensure your mattress stays clean, dry and odour-free for a more comfortable sleep. It will also reduce your allergy load by cutting your contact with dust mites, pollen and moulds that lurk in an unprotected mattresses.

  1. EXERCISE

Staying active during lockdown might not be easy, but it is essential, not just to stay healthy but to boost your mood. If you’re able to get outside, take a brisk walk around your garden; even 20 minutes will help. (Getting outside will also help you get some vitamin-D-boosting sun exposure.) If you’re exercising indoors, YouTube can offer you ideas and workouts to follow, or check out this link to a Daily Maverick article with suggestions for mobile apps to working out at home.

  1. HEALTHY MIND AND SOUL

It’s not just your body that needs support during lockdown. Bolster your mind and your mood by staying in touch with loved ones and friends you’re cut off from. If you’re in lockdown with your family, turn off screens and make time for proper connection. Stay positive: mindfulness exercises, meditation and staying in touch even while you stay at home could help you maintain a more positive outlook.

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