Busy lifestyles have a lot of different looks these days.
Active 20-somethings who try hard to take care of their bodies, but who don’t always have time to eat right. Or parents in their 40s and 50s who put their own needs aside while sandwiched between caring for their own children and their aging parents.
No matter the reason for the chaos, there is a shared concern: Busy lifestyles can take a toll on your immune system. If your immune system isn’t strong, you might not be able to tackle everything on your lengthy to-do list.
We’ve got some tips for supporting your immune system while you’re zipping from one obligation to the next.
1. Make healthy choices
It’s not always easy to make good choices when you’re running from one obligation to the next, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to make better ones.
Start by drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and exercising on a regular basis. Studies show that all of these activities help prevent our bodies from getting run down.
2. Keep your hands clean, don’t touch
Something as simple as handwashing is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy. Hands—especially when they are used to muffle a sneeze or a cough—can spread germs to people and things where other people’s hands will pick them up.
Think of all the things you touch throughout your day: your phone, computer keyboard, doorknobs, handrails, appliance buttons, chair arms. Now think about how many other people touch them, too!
A good wash requires at least 20 seconds of vigorous rubbing, using soap and warm water. If you can’t get to a sink, a backup is hand sanitizer with alcohol in it. It’s also best to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
3. Eat right
Did you know 70 percent of your immune system is located in your gut? That’s why it’s important to take care of your gut health, even amid your hectic schedules.
That’s not an easy task. People who are racing from appointment to appointment or are constantly hopping planes often eat on the go, and their choices are not ideal. That can lead to digestive discomfort—not the best way to support your immune system!
Making healthy food choices will help keep your gut happy.
4. Consider a probiotic supplement
Taking care of your gut also means keeping a healthy balance between the trillions of good and bad bacteria that live there. Since good gut bacteria doesn’t last forever, getting a fresh batch into your digestive system each day will support your immune system and your digestive system.
There are certain foods that will deliver probiotics (the good bacteria), like yogurt and fermented foods, and it’s a good idea to include them in your regular diet. But as we noted above, busy people don’t always make the healthiest choices when it comes to food.
That’s why you should also consider a daily probiotic supplement. Look for one that is easy to take or easy to grab and go to take later.
Nutrilite™ Balance Within™ Probiotic comes in a handy stick pack. The powder can be sprinkled directly onto your tongue or mixed into any cold food or drink. It delivers a daily dose of hard-working probiotics.
The stick packs are so small, they can be tossed into purses, bags, lunchboxes or just tucked into your pocket. No refrigeration needed.