* The outcomes of this diet depend on the person's individual predispositions and cannot be guaranteed in every person. We advise you to consult your doctor before you start a diet programme.
Illness won’t stand a chance! Find out how to bulletproof your immunity
Would you agree that it doesn’t take much for you to spend a whole week sniffling under the covers? Do you keep fighting colds and coughs all year round? Keep the illness at arm’s length with bulletproof immunity. Find out how to give your immune system a boost.
1. A healthy and varied diet packed with vitamins
It probably won’t come as a surprise that a healthy diet helps prevent obesity, diabetes and heart attacks. However, did you know that it can also help you stave off flu? If you stuff yourself with unnecessary sugar and unhealthy fats or if you have an irregular diet, then your body won’t have any good-quality nutrients and energy left to fight an illness. It won’t take long before you come down with something. Give your immunity a boost with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and fibre. Make sure you eat 5 regular protein-rich meals a day as well as fruit and vegetables.
Our central European diet is low in the vitamins that help us shield from illness. These are mainly the following vitamins:
- Vitamin C - has antioxidant properties, boosts the immune system and speeds up the healing process
- Vitamin D - promotes regeneration and healing
- Group B vitamins – contribute to a healthy metabolism, blood formation and thyroid function
It is therefore important that your diet includes fish, eggs, citrus fruit, brassica vegetables and pulses.
If you are following our diet plan, however, you don’t need to worry about not having enough vitamins. KetoDiet protein meals and drinks are enriched with vitamins and minerals in such amounts that your body will get exactly what it needs. If you suffer from constant sniffling or fatigue, you might need more vitamin C. You can easily supplement it with our sucking tablets.
2. Keep active to stay healthy. Outdoor exercise is the best
People who are physically active tend to be less ill than couch potatoes. Pick an activity that you will enjoy and give your immune, respiratory and vascular systems a good boost by exercising regularly 2-3 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes. Unless there’s a raging storm outside, grab your bike, running shoes or skates and go out to get some fresh air.
Don’t feel like breaking into sweat? Just slip into your cosy trainers and off you go for a nice walk. Is that it? Is it really enough just to go out? Of course! We are holed up indoors all day long – at home, at work, in cafés...Even just an hour spent outdoors in the sun can work wonders. And don’t forget - bedroom exercise counts too! Indulging in amorous activity helps increase the level of antibodies (immunoglobulin A) whose job is to protect our body by identifying and destroying foreign bodies. Even a single hug or a kiss triggers the release of endorphins (happiness hormones) that also boost our immunity. Combine health with pleasure and let your love life flourish.
Are you one of those people who need to wash their hands several times an hour and can’t stand even a speck of dust in sight? Or are you an anxious parent who wouldn’t dream of picking up an apple from the garden and giving it to your child? Then this is for you!
By being obsessed with hygiene, especially (but not only) when growing up, you run the risk of compromising your immunity and developing autoimmune disorders. Try to loosen up your tight cleanliness grip a bit and stop yourself reaching out for an antibacterial gel every time you touch something in a shop or your child falls over.
4. Keep your cool
Why would anyone douse themselves in cold water every morning or spend every weekend swimming in the river? Because it will make them healthier, happier and slimmer.
Exposing yourself to a cold environment in a controlled manner will boost your immunity, cardiovascular system and promote the production of brown fat which, compared to white fat, burns energy and also helps fight cellulite. You will also feel less cold, so you won’t need to wrap up in so many layers.
How to build up your cold tolerance? You can start by leaving your bedroom window open overnight. Once you have become used to the cold air, you can gradually start taking lukewarm showers, replacing them with cold ones later on.
It is mostly during sleep that our body destroys and replaces damaged and redundant cells. If the quality of our sleep is poor (disjointed sleep, lack of sleep) or if our sleep pattern is irregular (shift work, night work, going to bed and getting up at different times each day), then our body is deprived of the much needed time for regeneration and detoxification.
Make sure you go to bed at the same time every day. Your bedroom should be aired and you should spend your time there only in the evening and at night.
So, which of the tips for better immunity are you going to start off with?
Author: Andrea Skolková
Photo: KetoDiet, depositphotos.com
What next? Read the article about Collagen – Your Health & Beauty Ally.