– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is an organization whose members focus on evidence-based practice of helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and quality of life. Lifestyle practices and health habits are among the nation’s most important health determinants. Changing unhealthy behaviors is foundational to medical care, disease prevention and health promotion.
Here are a few suggestions to help improve your immune system during this pandemic:
- Mind your stress – Take a few seconds to focus on your breathing and relax.
- No Smoking – Avoid smoking, vaping or inhaling any substance which can be toxic to the lungs.
- Healthy Eating – Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.
- Quality Sleep – Aim to sleep 7 to 9 hours per night, and work to develop a regular sleep routine.
- Activity – Regular, moderate physical activity at least 30 minutes a day.
- Connectivity – Physical distancing is essential but don’t isolate. Connect with friends and family via phone calls, texts, Zoom sessions and FaceTime.
By taking these simple actions, you are not only improving your health and well-being, but also you’re helping to boost your immunity. Stay well!