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5 ways to boost your immune system at home

5 ways to boost your immune system at home

Published at 11:31am 27th March 2020.

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Staying healthy when self-isolating is not an easy task, but we hear from some local experts on what you can be doing at home to boost your immune system and keep your body as healthy as possible.

  • O'Connor Chiropractic have some advice to stay healthy during the current lockdown.
  • The advice includes simple things you can do at home to boost your immune system and overall health.
  • The Harrogate Family Wellness Centre are also offering free care to NHS staff.

During these uncertain times spent at home, it's important to keep both your body and mind as healthy as possible, and one Harrogate Chiropractic Clinic have got some helpful advice that can help you do just that.

Following government guidelines, O'Connor Chiropractic have not been able to offer their usual routine appointments, but have still been on hand to offer guidance and emergency care to those in need.

With people concerned about maintaining their overall health whilst isolating at home, we heard from Dr Jason O'Connor about five simple things that you can do to boost your immune system:

1. Exercise!

The big one and possibly the most obvious. Exercise is key to maintaining not only good physical health, but your mental health as well.

Although the government is currently limiting people to one piece of exercise per day outside, try and get out and make the most of it, whether it be a gentle jog or even a light walk to keep your immune system in good shape.

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Exercise is important - whether it's in your living room and getting outside for a gentle jog.

2. Make the most of the sun

Getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D is crucial as a modulator in the body, whether that be getting outside and making the most of the sun or taking supplements. 

If you are going to get outside and sunbathe in the garden, it's important that you get as much sunlight on your body as possible as explained by Dr Jason:

"Ideally expose yourself to the sunlight and the weather that we're having at the moment - actually you need to expose your torso to absorb Vitamin D, so stay secluded in your garden!"

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Sunbathe while you can! Your body needs Vitamin D.

3. Drink plenty of water

One we can sometimes forget - water is important!

Chemical reactions in the body require water, so get as much as you can and try to stick to the government guidelines of around two litres per day.

Water allows chemical reactions to occur in the body - stick to government guidelines!

4. Reduce stress

Making the most of time at home with the family is another important factor in maintaining good physical and mental health, whilst keeping stress levels as low as possible.

Whether you play games or go for a walk together (only once per day!), ensuring you're stress-free is important, as the body shuts off immune function when stressed.

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Enjoy time at home with the family whenever possible, as stress can prevent immune function in the body!

5. Eat those greens! 

Vitamin C is another crucial vitamin your body needs, whether you're getting that through supplements or from your food.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are important in your diet, but if you are going to cook them greens, make sure you don't overdo it:

"When cooking them, try and eat them either raw or lightly steamed, as this is the best way to absorb more nutrients from them. The more you cook it, the less nutrients will be in it!"

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Fresh fruit and vegetables are important to maintain Vitamin C levels - just don't overcook them!

O'Connor Chiropractic

Following government guidelines, O'Connor Chiropractic are still able to help people who require emergency care and are even offering free care to NHS workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The family wellness centre are currently caring for several nurses working in ICU, as well as other clients who may need emergency care after picking up an injury from spending time at home.

"I think it's just about making the most of the precious family time together... and just realise the most important thing in life is our health and happiness with each other.

"We at O'Connor Chiropractic are sending out our best wishes and love to everyone and we are here for you, even though our doors are closed, you can still contact us."

Dr Jason O'Connor

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O'Connor Chiropractic are still offering guidance and emergency care from their Harrogate clinic during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To find out more about O'Connor Chiropractic, find them online or give the clinic a call on 01423 200 020.

Stray FM's Nick Hancock caught up with Jason O'Connor from O'Connor Chiropractic to find out more:

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