At Slate, health and happiness are everything. Sometimes, colder temperatures can make those harder to manage. So how do we take care of our bodies as the seasons change? Here are 4 ways to protect your body from all those outside forces that might get you sick!
Get your 8 hours.
In a world plagued by FOMO, (the fear of missing out), it’s easy to justify unsustainable sleep patterns. According to the CDC, the average American adult gets less than 7 hours of sleep a night, putting them at risk of “of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.” These numbers make sense when we consider how often we get caught up on social media towards the end of the night. Studies at University of Colorado found sleep to be similar to a kidney in function, giving the brain more time to remove harmful toxins that build up during the day and allowing for better overall function during hours we’re awake. Point is, you need sleep!
When we get sick, we often hear our WBC (white blood cell) levels are elevated. While they can operate on their own, why not assist them in prevention to avoid the arduous process that is recovery. Exercise allows for WBCs to move around the body faster so they can more easily and rapidly fight illnesses at the start. For this reason, doctors often recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily. Run, bike, walk, swim, whatever your heart desires, get that blood pumping!
Per the Harvard School of Public Health, acute stress can trigger: digestive issues, weight gain, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, heart disease, immune system problems, skin conditions, muscular pain, insomnia, and even infertility. None of which are fun problems to have, so let’s get into some ways to de-stress ourselves at home. Focused around centering oneself in the present, mindfulness has been linked to lowered blood pressure, improved mood, and greater brain function. Some ways to add mindfulness to your life can include taking walks, yoga, and even focussing on breathwork. Not sure where to start, try this video to get a glimpse of what mindfulness can bring to your life!
Though not as catchy as “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” leafy greens are a great way to keep your immune system on top of its game. Full of vitamins C and E, iron, and folic acid, it’s easy to see the benefits. Not a fan of the flavor on its own? You’re not alone, there’s endless ways to incorporate these greens into your already existing food practices like soups, smoothies, or if you’re feeling ambitious, juices!
So there you have it. With flu season well underway and the chorus of coughs and sneezes surrounding us, why not get ahead of it and cut it off at the source. Better yet, supplement these steps with added protein, electrolytes, and calcium with a Slate. Stay savvy, stress free, and strong. Slate Up!
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Written by Cassandra Catesson