So here we all are well into Lockdown. Three weeks ago today we closed the door to our gym for the foreseeable future, is it just me or does it feel like it’s been a lot longer than that?! It's odd that it does as we’ve been busy every day. Whether it’s been endless phone calls or emails to various authorities or helplines; or planning, recording and editing our online classes, it’s been nonstop. Yet it feels like six weeks has passed rather than three and that we should be much further into lockdown than we actually are. My guess is that this is primarily down to missing family and loved ones and knowing that sadly there is still probably so much time stretching ahead where we won’t be able to see them. We're pretty much all in the same boat aren't we and just trying to make the best of it.
Anyway in a moment of downtime I recently read a good piece of advice from the acclaimed nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville who gave some useful insight into boosting our immune systems, very apt at the moment.
Her first tip was to try and consume as much fruit and veg as possible as they contain antioxidants which promote immune health. Try and aim for as many different colours that you can to get a different range of antioxidants into your system. Examples:
Carrots & Butternut Squash contain beta-carotene
Tomatoes are a good source of Lycopene
Sweetcorn & Green Leafy Veg will give you Zeaxanthin & Lutein
Blueberries give you Anthocyanins
Her second tip and of course of particular meaning to us was to make a point of incorporating exercise into your day, as that too helps to strengthen your immune system. It doesn't have to be a long period of exercise; in fact running or cycling long distances at the moment is probably not advisable as doing too much and over-exercising can weaken the immune system. Rest is important too and so it's about getting the balance right and even if you just do one of our short and sweet classes a day, it's a little boost for your immune system.
Her third and final tip was to watch your sugar intake! Too much sugar can weaken the immune system, so be mindful. Read labels carefully, have sweet treats little and not too often and watch out for hidden culprits such as alcohol, flavoured water and cereals; as well as the obvious cakes and biccies!
Hopefully you'll find me sharing these tips a help to keep your immune systems strong and keep you well.
Stay safe all!