Doesn’t it seem a lot easier to keep a strong immune system in the summer?
I would venture to suggest most people feel healthier in the summer. The warmer temperatures, the fresh air, and a cold and flu season that’s in the rearview mirror can all help people feel better.
But things aren’t always as they seem. The global pandemic has heightened the risk of illness, and immune strength has entered into the lexicon of summer safety.
In the past, it’s been easy to overlook immune health in the summer because most people aren’t concerned about falling ill. And it’s reflected in our behavior. Some of summer’s biggest treats don’t exactly promote immune strength.
But thankfully, some of them do. Finding a balance could be the best way to keep your immune system strong and avoid illness.
If you’re getting out this summer for BBQs with a small group of family or friends, the first thing you need to remember is to maintain social distancing and practice frequent handwashing. If you’re inside or in close contact with others, wear your mask so it covers your nose and mouth.
Diet can play a significant role in immunity. At the BBQ, it’s okay to indulge in some meats off the grill and fatty potato or pasta salad. But stick to small servings and opt for more green salads and fresh veggies. These items have immune-boosting micronutrients.
A diverse array of nutrient-dense foods can help you avoid deficiencies that may put your immune system at risk.
Another great benefit of BBQs is that there is generally no shortage of fruit. Mango, pineapple, watermelon, cherries, berries, and fruit salad are great desserts that serve several purposes. They can all satisfy a sweet tooth while being a great source of water and antioxidants that can boost immunity and lower inflammation.
These fruits are a great alternative to ice cream, cake, and other sugary desserts that can boost inflammation and leave you more susceptible to illness.
Alcohol is another factor to pay attention to. Booze can go down a little easier when it’s warm out, but it can also weaken your immune system. Stick to moderate consumption, and remember that it can reduce your inhibitions and make you less likely to follow health recommendations for reducing the risk for COVID-19.
You can boost your immunity in the summer months by making healthy choices while enjoying yourself. Increasing activity can also help, so going for a socially distanced walk, preferably in nature, can offer immune system benefits.