The secret to staving off those sniffles lies here…
It’s funny how, after a long, dark winter, most of us succumb to sniffles and sneezes as soon as the first rays of spring sunshine peep through the clouds. But bolster your immune system, and you may just be able to sidestep colds and flu viruses.
Relying on a complex ‘system’, rather than a single organ, immunity requires a multifaceted approach. So from the mind to the body,
here’s how to maximise your resilience to those seasonal colds.
1. The spice of life: Turmeric truly is a multitasking spice. As well as having anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it also contains potassium, magnesium, plus vitamins C, E and K. Include it in soups, curries and stews – and add a dash of black pepper to maximise the absorption of this immune-boosting superhero.
2. The mind connection: Research by scientists at Indiana State University showed that finding something so funny that you actually laugh out loud can boost the immune system by up to 40%. So spend time with a friend who makes you giggle, book into a live comedy event for some belly laughs, or get yourself to the cinema to see the latest funny film.
3. The stress factor: Although hard to pinpoint exactly why, there appears to be a connection between prolonged stress and a comprised immune system. So while tackling the source of stress is an important way of relieving the burden on the immune system, regular massage has also been proven to spur the body into releasing endorphins that in turn, calm the central nervous system. Try an ELEMIS Deeper than Deep Hot Stone Massage for maximum relaxation.
4. Flex your brain: A neuroscientist from the University of California discovered that playing bridge might help boost the body’s immunity. Even if you’re no card player, doing anything that requires planning, memory, initiative, judgment and abstract thinking could have the same effect.
5. Wash up: We all know that washing our hands is the key to remaining germ free – but how many of us actually do it properly? Skip the quick flash under the running tap and follow the expert guideline of lathering and rinsing under warm water for at least 20 seconds, washing wrists and between fingers to remove all traces of bacteria. Then don’t forget to dry thoroughly so as not to undo your work.