Practice Good Hygiene
The hygiene hypothesis states that exposure to a diverse range of bacteria, fungi and viruses when we’re babies and children is essential for building a healthy immune system. And this is absolutely true. Exposure to a variety of microorganisms throughout life helps us to build a strong and healthy microbiota – the name given to the collection of microorganisms that reside in our guts, also known as probiotics. The gut is now known to be directly linked to immunity – the healthier the gut, the healthier the immune system.
But exposure to all kinds of viruses and bacteria isn’t always good, because as we know, some are bad and others are very bad indeed. At the moment, we’re all being constantly reminded to be aware of the risks of picking up, in particular, the coronavirus, so we must all take steps to practice good hygiene so we reduce our risk.
The UK Government has issued the following guidance on good hygiene:
• Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• Wash your hands as soon as you get home
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
We hope all our tips on supporting your immunity have been helpful. There’s nothing out of the ordinary, and they’re all simply part of making healthy diet and lifestyle decisions that will support good overall health, as well as good immune health.