1) Food and immunity
A healthy diet helps to boost energy, support the immune system and reduce the risk of chronic disease. With many myths about food and immunity, check out this great myth busting fact sheet on food and your immune system from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. If you’re looking for some inspiration on healthy and nutritious meals, browse Nutrition Australia’s wide range of recipes.
2) Cut back on alcohol
Alcohol can potentially impact sleep quality, levels of anxiety and can affect the immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to illness. Looking to cut back? The Australian Department of Health has a clear and simple article on how can you reduce or quit alcohol.
3) Become a quitter
The health benefits of quitting smoking begin six hours after your last cigarette. Tobacco can impact your immunity and increase susceptibility to infections. Thinking of quitting? The Quitline is a great place to start. You can read more about what to expect by visiting: www.quit.org.au or contact them directly: Quitline 13 78 48.
4) Sleep matters
Sleep is important for a healthy mind and body. Sleep deprivation can weaken the immune system and play havoc with your mental health. Visit the Sleep Foundation for resources to support you to get a better night’s sleep.