1. Listen to your body…and pay attention to what it’s saying
2. Get enough sleep…and make sure it’s good quality
3. Make sure you’re getting plenty of nutrients in your diet
I’ve been taking Multi Plus, Vitamin C & Bioflavanoids, Vitamin D3 and Mushroom Plus. All of these help the immune system to function normally, and Vitamin D3 is something we should probably all take in winter as we don’t get enough sunshine (in the UK anyway). Oh summer, please hurry up!
Anyway, if you’re on a budget (like pretty much all of us are) and can only afford one of these products, I’d recommend buying the Multi Plus as that has a load of vitamins and minerals in it.
The Multi Plus contains vitamins A, C, B12, B6, D, zinc, folate and selenium to boost immunity; vitamin E, selenium, copper, vitamin C, riboflavin and zinc to protect your cells from oxidative stress; and vitamin B12, folate, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin C to help reduce fatigue. You definitely get a lot for your money with this one!
I’ve been taking each of these vitamins every morning for the past few weeks, and it’s great knowing I’ve got a hit of nutrients before I even jump in the shower. With everything I’ve been doing to look after my body, I’m definitely starting to feel better now, and my doctor has finally given me the all-clear to exercise again.
4. Try to minimise stress…seriously, do your best
Initially, I didn’t have the word ‘try’ in this point, and then I thought seriously, if minimising stress was something we could do without any effort then none of us would EVER be stressed!
Some stress is unavoidable. I’m a single mum who works part time in employment and part time self-employed, so I fully understand that those gurus who tell us we shouldn’t be stressed at all seem to be talking poop. BUT some stress IS avoidable.
I’m talking about the kind of stress that we bring on ourselves by things like overthinking – I’m guilty of it too. I’m currently reading a great book that’s all about deciding what is worth your time and energy, and I’m working on refusing to waste any stress on the things that ultimately don’t matter. Stress can really impact the immune system, so do your best to not let things get you worked up unless they really matter.
5. Exercise regularly…but don’t overdo it
Before anyone thinks I’m going to answer the age-old debate about whether it’s safe to exercise when you’re ill, everyone is different and every condition is different. If you have the flu then there’s no chance you’ll even be able to make it out of the house, let alone start throwing weights around in the gym! But if you’re just feeling a little under the weather then a light workout, or maybe even just a walk might help to pick you up.
Take it from me though (as I learnt this the hard way), don’t make the mistake of thinking your body can handle the same thing when you’re ill as when you’re fully healthy. You might feel fine initially, but you’ll end up taking way longer to recover.
But that being said, I often do find that a light workout gives me a little boost. If I start feeling something like a cold coming on then I will usually give the gym a miss, and go for a walk instead.
If you’re wondering how soon it’s safe to return to the gym after you’ve been unwell, the truth is that ultimately, this comes down to listening to your body…and without even meaning to I’ve done a full circle back to the first point on this post. Damn, I feel smooth now!
If you want to know more about the Link Nutrition vitamins, click here. Have a great day, and remember to not only listen to your body, but to act on what it’s telling you to do.
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