Written by Sarah
How to Boost Your Immune System
Living in London is great, you’ve always got something to do, but trying to keep up with this crazy city can easily run you down. Although getting ill is never totally avoidable there are lots of things you can do help, so we’ve rounded up the best ways to boost your immune system – because let’s face it you really don’t want to get ill when you’ve got an exam or coursework deadline coming up!
Get Enough Zzz
It might be obvious, but a lack of sleep really isn’t good for you health. Sleep deprivation can increase the levels of your hormone cortisol which can suppress your immune system. Sounds pretty bad right? So make sure you try and get your recommended 8 hours a night – you can thank us later.
Eating the right foods can do a lot of good to your immune system, but mushrooms are one of the best. A recent study found that people who ate shiitake mushrooms every day for four weeks immunity increased significantly AND they have anti-inflammatory properties – it’s a win win.
Exercising is never really gonna be bad for you right? During exercise the rate that white blood cells circulate around your body increases which helps fight infections. This doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym for an intense session everyday either (although we do have one at The Project at Hoxton!), it’s recommended that you do 30 minutes of moderate exercise (e.g. brisk walking) 5 times a week.
Catch Those Rays
Spending time in the sun helps you produce vitamin D which is believed to play a key role in boosting your immune system. It’s thought that just 10-15 minutes of sunshine a day in the summer is enough to produce the right amount of vitamin D which can reduce the risk of a respiratory infection.