Life is abnormal at the moment, and the lack of routine may be throwing your healthy habits out of the window. Sleeping patterns are all over the place, it's difficult to exercise, and for some booze and junk food feels like an easy way to cheer themselves up. Your immune system is responsible for protecting you against illnesses, so how can you maintain a healthy immune system while in lockdown?
Approximately 70 percent of your entire immune system is based in your gut so is vital to keep healthy.
Gut microbiologist from OptiBac Probiotics Dr Kate Stephens explained: "Your gut is one of the first entry points for germs, so it’s really important to keep it protected with lots of good bacteria to help ward off harmful bugs. "Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and a bad diet can all create an imbalanced gut microbiome, which in turn may lower your immune system. "So it’s important you look after your wellbeing during these uncertain months, to help fight nasty bugs and maintain a healthy gut.” Loneliness and social isolation can have negative effects on your immune system, so it is important to do everything you can to keep your mood up during lockdown. Dr Stephens reveals her top six tips to boost your immune system while self isolating.
Dr Stephens recommends getting your fix of vitamin C and D.
She said: "Vitamins are important for immune function, especially vitamin C – find this in broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, orange juice, papaya, peppers, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes, raw if possible. "This vitamin is so important for immunity that many people take a supplement during the cold season. "Vitamin D is another vitamin often deficient when we experience a lack of sunshine.
"Dietary sources include oily fish, eggs, and mushrooms, though again supplements are useful here.