By Hilary C., Student Health Ambassador
As summer bids a fond farewell, flu season begins to creep up on all of us. Midterms may not be far away for many BU students who need to be in top shape for projects and exams. Getting sick is the last thing that you need to deal with; however, there are some techniques to decrease your risk of taking ill and can lead to better care for your body.
Eat like Peter Rabbit.
Diet is a critical factor in maintaining a healthy, strong immune system. Good, all-around health starts with fruits, veggies, whole grains, and foods low in saturated fat. These types of foods supply your body with micronutrients that ensure your system functions properly. Fruits and veggies contain a variety of vitamins that enhance the immune system by influencing numerous types of T and B cells and cytokines that fight against infectious disease.
Catch Some Zzzzzzzs
Sometimes getting enough sleep can be a tough one, but so helpful when avoiding a depressed immune system and/or recovering from a cold. Remember, your body likes pattern so try to keep a consistent bedtime and alarm in the morning at least 5-6 days out of the week. Turn off all electronics 1 hour before bed. Don’t go to bed hungry, perhaps eating a light protein-rich snack before may help.
Develop an exercise regimen. Activities like running, biking, and lifting weights can reduce blood pressure, stress, and body tension. Incorporate intervals of high-intensity exercise (like sprints) into runs to make the most of your workout.
Wash Those Hands!
Take steps to avoid infection by washing your hands frequently – it is the best way to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Washing hands is not just running them under water; Rub the soap in your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing to ensure it was a thorough cleaning.
Chronic stress that’s caused by constant and frequent stressors like relationships, workloads, or sustained challenges can take a toll on the immune system. Using time-management techniques and setting achievement goals for sleep, exercise, diet and coursework can help you successfully lower tension levels.
SPREAD THE HEALTH: Boost your immune system and avoid illness by eating vitamin-packed foods, getting some Zzzs, staying active, washing your hands regularly, and keeping stress levels at bay.