Irish Pharmacist reveals top tips to boost your immune system in 2021

Irish Pharmacist reveals top tips to boost your immune system in 2021

  • January 23, 2021

As cases of COVID-19 remain high across the country, it’s more important than ever to ensure your immune system is in tip-top shape.

Lloyds Pharmacy Superintendent Pharmacist, Denis O’Driscoll, has some great tips to help everyone get their health in check for 2021.

O’Driscoll has laid out the five most important aspects of health and wellbeing, and they’re easier to achieve than you would think!

Here are his top tips:

Sleep

The impact that sleep can have on our mental and physical health is often sorely underrated.

We should be aiming for 7-8 hours, more for younger children.

You should be going to bed at the same time each evening and sleeping in a cool dark room.

To help the body ease into sleep, drinking a warm drink before bed or having a warm bath with some lavender oil can be really useful.

These steps help raise the body temperature, and then in turn when it drops your body is in a state which makes falling asleep easier.

Eat well

We have been told this from a young age, so it won’t come as any surprise, but eating a well-balanced diet is so important.

We should be aiming for 7 portions a day of fruit and vegetables, focusing on more vegetables than fruit as too many fruit sugars are not good for our systems.

Making sure that you get a range of whole grains, pulses, lean meats, and fishes that are high in omegas oils are also important elements in helping to boost your immune system.

Irish Pharmacist reveals top tips to boost your immune system this year

Exercise

Although your usual form of exercise might be out of the question at the moment, there are plenty of alternatives to keep you active.

Anything that increases the pulse rate and helps to keep you supple and flexible.

There is a range of online classes to help keep you and the family active, no matter what your fitness level.

These classes can be great to help motivate you to stay active and also can help with loneliness and will feel like you’re part of a community.

If classes aren’t your thing, then challenging friends and family to see who gets rack up as many steps in a week or month can be a fun way to stay fit, while staying connected.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a fitness watch, most smartphones track your steps.

Irish Pharmacist reveals top tips to boost your immune system this year

Vitamins & supplements

During these winter months, our bodies need some support to help us function to the best of our ability.

You should speak to your pharmacist, who will be best able to advise you on the vitamins and supplements to support you and your family.

The most popular requirements are usually Vitamin C, Vitamin D & Probiotics.

Probiotics

Did you know? The gut contains millions of living organisms, with up to 500 different species of bacteria in the human digestive tract.

The gut can contain bacteria that is either beneficial or harmful to our health.

Problems arise when there is an imbalance, with not enough good bacteria.

This can be a result of poor diet, illness, etc. Taking a probiotic can help restore the balance.

 

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