This week we are seeing a mixed approach at work. Some of us are still working from home while others are returning to the workplace with controlled and social distancing measures in place. So, what is the best advice to consider for staying healthy and keeping your immune system healthy and functioning at its best to help fight viruses?

As in normal times the advice is pretty much the same: ensure you have adequate rest and sleep, exercise regularly, eat well, and stay hydrated. Eating the right foods and drinking for hydration are particularly important.

Did you know that 70% of your immune system is based in the gut, so boosting your immune health through good nutrition, proper rest and hydration is important to help fight infection.

Try lemon water

Hydration matters and is key to better health and wellbeing. Drinking two to three litres of water a day is the recommended guideline. To jazz up your daily intake drink lemon water for extra health benefits.

The lemons are particularly good in the supermarkets at the moment; plump and juicy especially the unwaxed organic ones. There are many wellbeing wonders that this delicious yellow fruit boasts:

  • Lemon water helps to control your calorie intake every day
  • Drinking lemon water regularly can energise your muscles
  • A daily dose of lemon water gives you more youthful and clear skin
  • Healthy kidneys rely on your drinking plenty of tasty lemon water
  • Lemon water produces mood-elevating chemicals in the brain

Just add a few drops of lemon juice to your bottle or glass of water in the morning and this will do wonders for your skin as lemon is high in vitamin C and promotes better digestion of other nutrients in the body. The fruit is very acidic, which means that it also kills certain types of bacteria and give your skin a healthy glow and reduce blemishes.

water-cooler-clean-drinking-water Keep your cooler clean for great tasting drinking water

Lemon water health benefits

If you suffer from anxiety, exhaustion, or dizziness, a little bit of lemon in your water might be just what you need. Lemons contain natural ingredients that stimulate the production of certain chemicals in the brain, which serve as mood elevators. In addition, the scent of lemon oil helps to increase alertness and focus. If you put a lemon wedge on your glass, the mere scent of the citrus fruit as you drink may be just what you need to enhance your day.

Lemon is a very acidic fruit. However, its acids are highly beneficial to the human body. You shouldn't rely on them too much if you suffer from heartburn or kidney dysfunction, but healthy adults can use lemon water to reduce mouth sores. The acid of a lemon washes over the sore and kills harmful bacteria, for faster healing.

As a terrific source of essential minerals, lemons help to boost the power of the body's white blood cells. When the first signs of a summer cold start to show, increase your hydration to make sure the body flushes out harmful substances more quickly. If you add a little extra lemon to your water, you will be able to boost your body's immune system and improve its ability to fight back against any illness. This is in addition to the lemon juice's natural ability to kill bacteria. The best part is that you don't even need to load up on a lot of lemon.

Water coolers and fountains

Hydration is extremely important for your family or team so make sure your home or workplace has chilled and filtered fresh water on tap. Consider the number of hydration stations around the building. Do you have sufficient access to water coolers especially with social distancing to avoid queues and gatherings when refilling your reusable?

Adding a single teaspoon of lemon is enough to drastically boost the immune system which is so important as we start to relax lockdown.