Practice these morning habits for stronger immunity

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Posted at May 12 2020 03:45 PM

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Every day should be a challenge to make oneself better than yesterday. When it comes to one's health, strong immunity is something to be prioritized regardless of what time of the year it is or no matter how good the circumstances seem to be going.

While you have a plate of organically nutritious and fortified foods to thank for strong immunity, you can take it even further by employing a set of good habits to practice every morning.

Hydrating

Both science and history are not exaggerating when they say water is life. Not only is the majority of the Earth's surface covered in water, but it is also what fills up to 60% of the adult human body. This is because it is what carries out the required nutrients to body cells so that each body part could function well accordingly.

Water flushes out waste from the body, regulates body temperature, and helps with brain function. More importantly, it enhances the immune system. Drinking water prevents a negative impact on your immunity because it effectively removes toxins, disallowing buildup that can lead to the development of infection.

Stretching

Just how important is starting the day with a simple fitness routine? The answer is very much. If you want your immune system to function to its full capacity, consider pulling off some stretches.

Flex Studio managing director Heather Thomas Shalabi said, ''To gain insight into how intelligent movement helps us live well for longer, we need to take a look into the workings of one of the body's major networks: the lymphatic system. Why? Because moving, in general, stimulates the flow of lymph fluid, giving a tremendous boost to the immune system.'' 

Stretching, which results in better blood circulation and therefore proper breathing, is also a certified stress reliever. Stress, which scientists are actively studying in relation to immune function found that when a stress response is triggered, the immune system is suppressed consequently increasing a person's susceptibility to colds and other illnesses.

Eating a healthy breakfast

One might think that keeping a balanced diet can be observed and compensated later on in the day. But in reality, breakfasts live up to its moniker of being ''the most important meal of the day.'' As its name suggests, breakfast breaks the overnight fasting period by replenishing the body with a sufficient supply of glucose to boost energy levels, brainpower, and alertness throughout the day. It is also responsible for other essential nutrients required to focus on tasks and cope with better weight management.

''Periods of fasting appear to trigger damage to the cells and the body needs to be fed food regularly in order to maintain healthy levels of immune cells that fight infections and improve the action of fighter cells (T-cells) in the body,'' explains Tehzeeb Lalani, a nutritionist with Scale Beyond Scale.

As such, it is important to eat a healthy and well-rounded breakfast as it is a significant source of nutrients and guarantees to improve immune function. An iron-rich meal is an example of a breakfast choice that promotes stronger immunity. Iron is necessary for immunity as it helps the body create more white blood cells that help fight against diseases that may enter your body.

A deficiency in iron can make the body prone to diseases which is why it is good to incorporate the daily recommended dietary intake of iron in your diet. This level of iron allows the body to generate and send out enough white blood cells to fight against infections.

Oats, known as a super grain for its multiple benefits, are among the natural sources of many vitamins and minerals such as iron which the body needs to help maintain good health. Aside from iron, oats are also a natural source of zinc, protein, fiber, selenium, thiamin (vitamin B1), and folate—meaning you can acquire these nutrients from oats without the need for further enhancements or supplements.

Quaker Oats, one of the leading oat brands in the world, presents its oatmeal that combines health and flavor right on your breakfast bowl, plate, or mug. Packed with fiber, protein, and iron, you can have both a delicious and filling meal to get you going throughout the day, with extra protection from infectious diseases.

Start every day with Quaker Oats

With a bowl of Quaker Oats for breakfast, you can be sure to start your day with iron. It is easy to prepare and makes for a delicious and nutritious morning meal. There are various ways to set up this healthy, non-perishable, convenient breakfast choice. There is the classic ''just add milk'' approach; the colorful fruits and nuts add-ons; the classic Quaker Oats baked treats; the lip-smacking Oats with Sardines; the savory Oats Chow Fan, and more.

Do not underestimate the wondrous effects of a healthy morning routine and its benefits to one's body and immune function. By hydrating, stretching, and eating a healthy breakfast every day, you are on your way to starting each day healthier than yesterday. Remember that a healthy body not only helps you but also those important to you, your family.

For more creative breakfast ideas, get over a month's worth of free recipes at www.quakeroats.ph

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