DOES A GOOD IMMUNE SYSTEM REALLY HELP IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH ?…

A good immune system indeed improves your health. A good immune system provides strength to our body to fight against infection and diseases. To remain healthy, we should have a tendency to boost our immune system. Our immune system creates, stores, and allocates the white blood cells that fight against viruses and microorganism that enter our body and make us sick.

There are a few strategies you can do to improve our immunity system so that your system can fight with viruses:

1. Take a dietary nutritional supplement. It is beneficial to take a dietary nutritional supplement with your diet. You can take Genf20plus as it is composition is such that it makes your body release more of your Human Growth Hormone in a manner very similar to the natural way without any side effects. This supplement will boost your immune system and will help you to stay healthy. Always check with your GP if you are on other medication.

2. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains It has been proven that people who eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains get sick less. All the nutrients in these things help your system and immune system fight viruses and bacteria. You can add these things in as salad, juices, fruit creams, etc. Vegetables to eat regularly to support immune system health.

3. Get enough sleep to improve your immune system? It is not wrong to say that there is a strong connection between sleep and a healthy immune system. It is important to take enough sleep to improve your immune system. Generally, an adult should sleep 7-9 hours a night. One should avoid naps but should sleep at least for 7-9 hours continuously.

4. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise or brisk walk every day. Although exercising or a brisk walk will not directly help your immune system. But, exercising or brisk walking will keep your body weight under control and will protect you from many diseases. We must exercise every day and keep ourselves healthy.

5. Avoid drinking too much alcohol and skip smoking? To keep our immune system strong and healthy it is important that you should avoid drinking alcohol as much as you can. Drinking a big amount of alcohol can weaken your immune system and, you can fall ill. Also, stop smoking at all. Smoking directly impacts your health and, your lungs can get hampered.

6. Wash your hands frequently. During this pandemic of Covid19, it is advised to wash hands frequently. Washing your hands frequently will keep you away from germs and, you will fall less ill. We must build a habit of washing our hands frequently and stay healthy.

7. Expose yourself in the SunVitamin D and sunlight make our immune system very strong. The importance of vitamin D is so high that it protects us from infections, cancer, obesity, bone problems, auto immune diseases and every possible problem. Vitamin D is highly underestimated by us. Vitamin D is essential for the healthy functioning of the immune system as it helps the body to produce antibodies. The low level of Vitamin D in the body has been termed as one of the major reasons for respiratory problems.

These are a few best strategies you can follow to keep your immune system good and, that will improve your health. Following a proper diet will have a positive impact on your health and, you will stay fit. Other than all the above things we must drink plenty of water to keep our body hydrated. One should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day or 2 liters. Try to stay happy and stress-free in your life and, it will play a major role in your life.

10 THINGS I WILL REMEMBER FROM THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN…

I’ve kept a brief diary and have ten things I will always remember I’ve done and seen during the COVID-19 lockdown. What are your top ten things you will remember from lock-down?

  1. I will remember the day when my daughter and her husband said they both had all the symptoms of COVID-19 and the total relief when they got through it.
  2. I will remember the local lady who popped a card through our door to say if we needed anything to phone her and she would go and get them for us and our neighbour with a nine-month-old who also offered the same thing.
  3. I will remember the mostly beautiful weather which seemed to be with us throughout and which would lift our spirits on a daily basis.
  4. I will remember the amazing people out there who raised money for the NHS in particular Captain Tom Moore, 100 years young, and the huge amount of money he raised.
  5. I will remember the Facetimes with my friends and family and especially the ones where we could watch our 8-month-old granddaughter doing something new and giggling at our funny faces.
  6. I will remember mentioning to my other half that I was missing my chocolate and then opening a parcel full of them.
  7. I will remember the online jigsaws I did which would take my mind off things and thrill me when I had finished a big one.
  8. I will always remember Thursday evenings at 8pm when we all clapped for everyone who has helped us get through this awful time.
  9. I will remember the daily walks we did in the countryside hearing beautiful nature sounds, some of which I had never heard before.
  10. And finally, I will remember cutting my hair by following a YouTube video and enjoying doing the same to my other half.

When I read through this list I can see it has been far from all doom and gloom and if I have learnt anything from the lockdown it is how easily we can all adapt during a crisis. We all realise that health is the most important thing and that everything comes second. I would really love to hear other peoples ten things they will remember from COVID-19, as I’m sure it would lift people’s spirits.

TOP 6 ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS TO HELP WITH CHRONIC PAIN & 4 GREAT COOKERY BOOKS USING THESE FOODS…

Anti-inflammatory Foods — YOGABYCANDACE

First, if we start off by trying to avoid certain foods which can actually cause inflammation – Health Harvard suggest –

Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:

  • refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
  • French fries and other fried foods
  • soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
  • red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
  • margarine, shortening, and lard

Health Harvard’s choice of foods to include which will help fight inflammation include –

An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:

  • tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • nuts like almonds and walnuts
  • fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Healthline explains that Berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins. These compounds have anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce your risk of disease. Your body produces natural killer cells (NK cells), which help keep your immune system functioning properly.

Healthline also says about fatty fish that EPA and DHA  found in these fish can reduce inflammation that can lead to metabolic syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Your body metabolizes these fatty acids into compounds called resolvins and protectins, which have anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have found that people consuming salmon or EPA and DHA supplements experienced reductions in the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP)

Healthline also includes avocados, peppers, mushrooms and grapes in their list of anti-inflammatory foods, and my absolute favourite food Dark chocolate which is delicious, rich, and satisfying. It’s also packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation. These may reduce your risk of disease and lead to healthier ageing.

Some great cookbooks on Anti-inflammatory diets are The Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook by Alice Newman (£15.99) Amazon, which has easy and super healthy recipes that can help you to follow this diet and the main foods that help you identify inflammation-causing ingredients and inflammation-fighting superfoods.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Cookbook: How to Reduce Inflammation Naturally: Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods. Easy, Healthy and Tasty Recipes That Will Make You Feel Better Than Ever by [Alice Newman]

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet & Action Plans: 4 Week Meal Plans to Heal the Immune System and Restore Overall Health by Dorothy Calimeris & Sondi Bruner (£11) Amazon – Choose from four different meal plans-Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegetarian, and Timesaving–to help you transition to a nourishing, inflammation-free lifestyle. • Use weekly shopping lists, storage suggestions, and meal prep shortcuts to save time and money. • Study comprehensive food lists that identify which foods trigger inflammation and which foods relieve it.

 

Another great book/cookbook which is available on Amazon (£5.81) but only available on Kindle is Everything you need to know about Spirulina, The World’s Highest Protein Food explained with delicious recipes included (Spirulina Cookbook Book 1) by Tina Quick. Tina Quick has been vegan since age 19. She loves cooking healthy, delicious vegan food and teaching others how to eat a healthy plant-based diet. Also included are dozens of amazing spirulina recipes for better health. This superfood is extremely versatile and can be used in smoothies, drinks, salads, soups, and much more!

Everything You Need To Know About Spirulina: The World’s Highest Protein Food Explained With Delicious Recipes Included (Spirulina Cookbook Book 1) by [Tina Quick]

 

Finally, another great cookery book about using super seeds in your cooking is Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp, and Amaranth (Superfood) by Kim Lutz. (£12.99) Amazon. Five super seeds covered in one super volume! Chia, hemp, flax, quinoa, and amaranth are tiny powerhouses that deliver whopping amounts of protein, essential fatty acids and great taste in every serving. Perfect for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets, they each get to take a star turn in these 75 mouthwatering recipes. Convenient and versatile, the seeds work wonderfully in everything from muffins and bread to salads, soups, and desserts. Super Seeds is a must-have for anyone interested in eating healthily and deliciously.

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC…

30 days of ideas to help with the challenges we are all going through with the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are all inevitably getting anxious about the present situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and if you are a naturally anxious person then your anxiety will probably be quite high.

Although there are lots of strategies on how to deal with anxiety, CBT in particular, I felt this 30 day happiness challenge infographic gave more ideas on how to calm your anxiety at this time even though we can obviously not practice some of them.

DIARY – WEEK THREE OF COVID-19 STAY AT HOME…

The last week seemed to have gone by very quickly, I’m not sure why, but my son-in-law started with the COVID-19 symptoms so the whole family have all self isolated.

I don’t think I have ever felt so useless and, like all Mums I would have done anything to have just popped over to give them a hug and support them if they needed it. It’s in our DNA, and I do think us Mums are finding it very hard to not be with our siblings. My son-in-law seems to have had the worst symptoms but until the 14 days are over we can’t really say if any of them will get any worse. Seeing my granddaughter on FaceTime every day smiling away lifts my spirits.

I’ve carried on with my little private 12 week isolation campaign to ‘get fit, not fat’ and have lost another pound which I am thrilled with. I think the walk every day (which I keep increasing very slightly ) is definitely helping and I have certainly spent time looking at recipes to inspire me to eat healthier.

Every day I still fill in my C-19 health questionnaire from the symptom checker app which I wrote about on a post last week. Check the post out as you really should do this and it’s very easy to fill in and download. I am sure like me that some of the symptoms for COVID-19 we endure ever day so we just have to understand the important symptoms.

I sat at my desk upstairs overlooking the beautiful South Downs on Sunday and made some Easter cards and sent them out to friends to (hopefully) amuse them. I really enjoy making cards, I just wish I could do more.

I eventually got a click and collect slot at the supermarket and we were very impressed with how it was all done. They pointed to where we should park and told us to wait in the car until they put our purchases in bags by the boot of the car and once they had moved away we could then load them into the car. Perfect, we will definitely look for more click and collect spots as you can travel quite a few miles away to get your slot.

I also gave up waiting for my chemist delivery service and joined Pharmacy2you instead which was very easy to sort out and I have a repeat prescription coming next week.

My hubby moved our patio furniture around a bit and I washed all the cushion covers so we could sit out in the beautiful weather. I do think the weather perks you up a bit. I miss my birds which we had in abundance where we lived before we moved here (Sherwood Forest) as we had sooooo many trees. Here, with it being a new house we have no trees yet but they have planted lots and lots at the back of the estate (which overlooks the Downs) so fingers crossed the birds start nesting soon.We did have four rather stunning peacocks walk straight past our front door yesterday and we were impressed with their social distancing 😃.

Our weekly Clap For Carers is about the only social thing we do and look forward to clapping, shouting and cheering for the amazing guys on the front line. I get quite emotional watching on tv but so deserved for all the people helping us get through this awful period in our lives. It will certainly be one Easter we won’t forget.

I hope your third week of lock down has been a bit better with the decent weather and wish all my new and old blogging friends a ‘Happy Easter’, and to Stay Safe until this awful ordeal clears up, and eat lots of chocolate eggs (I know I will).