Q Dear Auntie Pearl, is there a thing such as ‘immune boosting’?
And how does it work?
Now with us down to Level 1 of lockdown and everyone’s mos thinking we can go on like normal, I am sure many mense are going to still get sick.
I heard someone in the taxi talk about ‘immune boosting’ and was just wondering what you think. I was too shy to ask her about it.
From Wonder Maar Net.
A Now listen up doll face, never be too shy to rek your bek, and ask someone for more information.
There’s no such thing as asking a stupid question, that’s mos how we learn!
Now hartjie, with this dreaded virus still in our midst and mense still getting sick, people are looking for quick fixes and ways to boost their immunity.
But can you actually do this, and does it work?
Now remember, Auntie’s no doctor, so Auntie will just share her wisdom with you.
Our immune systems are quite complicated, it’s not like it’s one organ like our brain or heart.
It’s actually a whole lot of different organs and chemical processes that work together that form your immune system.
So when mense talk about ‘boosting’ their immunity they are basically saying they are supporting and helping all these organs and processes to operate at their best.
You can do this by eating healthily, doing exercise, destressing, and taking a supplement like a multivitamin, iron, Vitamin C, zinc and so on.
Here’s Auntie’s five top tips to boost your immune system:
Eat healthy: Ja, we all smaak KFC, pizza, slaptjips and gatsbys, especially over the weekends, but a healthy diet is really the key to a strong immune system.
This means you must make sure you get lots of veggies, fruits and whole grains in your diet.
And don't moan about the price of kos – spinach, potatoes, cabbage, bananas and things like lentils, boontjies and rice are not expensive, compared to McDonald’s and KFC.
Think of these vitamins as your most key ones: Vitamin B6 in tuna, bananas, green veggies and potatoes (with the skin on); Vitamin C in citrus fruits and strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli and spinach; and Vitamin E in sunflower oil, peanut butter and spinach.
Get moving: This Auntie likes to move it, move it – even if it’s just a quick 10 minutes while watching a soapie, and soema use blikkies kos as weights!
Exercise can help you build muscles, destress and release feel-good endorphins.
Drink water: Water is very important for your health and to keep your immune system going.
Even if you're not exercising or sweating, you are still constantly losing water – when you breathe, when you pee and even when you poop.
So skip the Coke and rather drink water, between 1.5 and 2 litres every day.
Get some sleep: Auntie knows many of you prefer to be night owls and play video games, but sleep is one of the most important things we all need more of.
Studies say mense who don't get enough quality sleep (at least 7-8 hours) can get sick much easier than those who get a lot of quality sleep.
Stress less: Stress can make you sick and weaken your immune system. Find out what stresses you out and learn coping mechanisms.
Don't just pop a pill: Don't believe all the pills and thrills and quick fixes mense tune you.
If you're looking for lekker ways to help boost your immune system, you need to change your bad lifestyle habits.
This is the way to go rather than just relying on a pilletjie to do the job for you.