Safeguard Your Health

You can only wash your hands so many times and Lysol so many things. There isn’t a perfect way to protect yourself and your family from germs. Fortunately, safeguarding yourself against these invisible enemies doesn’t have to be complicated and time-consuming. You can support your immune system with simple changes. Here are six quick ways to boost your immunity this spring.

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1. Keep your hands and spaces clean to protect your immune system.

You already know cleaning your hands regularly is critical for keeping your immune system in tip-top shape. But are you scrubbing your hands in the best possible way to get rid of the most germs?

The best way to wash your hands is to start by getting both hands wet. Then apply soap. Afterward, rub your hands together to lather the soap. Then, scrub your hands, fingers, nails, and wrists for 20 to 30 seconds.

Next, rinse your hands with running water. Finally, dry your hands with a dryer, fresh towel, or paper towel.

You can also keep the spaces around you clean by following other germ-fighting tips. For instance, make hand sanitizer available in important spots, such as your kitchen or bathroom. This will increase people’s chances of keeping their hands clean.

Furthermore, be sure to quickly clean the touchpoints around you. These points are those surfaces that individuals contact most frequently. For instance, they include bathroom faucets, phones, office equipment, light switches, and door handles.

Disinfect and clean these hotspots as often as possible to reduce the spread of germs.

2. Engage in intense activity.

A five-minute burst of intense activity can keep you healthy overall and thus quickly boost your immune system.

For instance, consider sprinting down and up the stairs in your home for a full minute. Then, do jumping jacks 20 times. Next, sprint down and up the stairs for another minute, and then do 10 push-ups.

This type of exercise regimen builds your strength and endurance. It also enables you to burn more fat after your workout. Your body can also regulate your glucose levels more easily through such a regimen.

3. Brush your gums and teeth.

Keeping your gums and teeth healthy is also crucial for keeping your immune system in tip-top shape.

Why? Because when you brush and floss, you get rid of bad bacteria that can cause gum disease. These bacteria may otherwise enter your digestive system and bloodstream through your gums.

Unfortunately, these bad bacteria may cause an undesirable imbalance in the digestive system as well as your whole body. You may experience digestive problems. And considering that a large portion of the immune system happens to be located in the gastrointestinal tract, this can reduce your immunity. Those bacteria can also cause inflammation throughout the body which impacts the body’s ability to focus on invading pathogens.

So, how exactly should you brush and floss?

First, when it comes to brushing, be sure to brush for at least two minutes. Also, brush each tooth’s inside, top, and outside areas, going back and forth. However, be gentle, as vigorous brushing may irritate your gums.

Be sure to also brush your tongue and gum line as well. This will help you to remove the largest amount of oral bacteria possible.

When it comes to flossing, start with a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. Wrap the majority of your string around the middle fingers. Then, use your pointer fingers to guide the floss through your teeth.

When flossing, move your string back and forth between every tooth. Also, use a fresh section of the floss between every tooth to avoid moving food debris from one tooth to the next.

4. Eat fruits and veggies.

Another quick way to boost your immune system is to eat fruits and veggies when you’re craving a snack. The micronutrients found in unprocessed veggies and fruits are natural immune system boosters.

Oranges and apples, for example, can be immensely helpful for keeping germs—and thus the doctor—away.

5. Meditate.

Meditation is another excellent way to keep your mind and body healthy.

In just five minutes, you can relax the body and start tuning into the breaths you exhale and inhale. Just five minutes are enough to decrease depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms.

The more able you are to cope with stress, the healthier your body, and thus your immune system, will be.

6. Drink green tea to boost your immunity.

Another quick and easy way to keep your immune system healthy is to drink green tea.

Green tea is known to boost your metabolism, so it is excellent for shedding weight and staying healthy.

In addition, green tea has plenty of antioxidants known as polyphenols, which are robust infection fighters. These antioxidants protect your body against possible viruses and infections.

How We Can Help

Please call us for any dental-related questions or emergencies you may have this spring. We’re here for you, and we miss your beautiful smiles! We’ll see you soon.

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