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January Tips From the Safety Committee

The Safety Committee is reaching out to bring you some interesting and helpful safety information! Each month you will receive an e-mail from the safety committee regarding different safety topics. If you have topics you think would be helpful to your Support Inc. team, or you would be interested in joining, feel free to connect with anyone on the safety committee!

January Safety Topic:

New Year, New Immune System!

While we might think we know everything about our bodies and keeping them healthy, especially during this pandemic, there are still tips, tricks, and general information that could potentially save our lives!

  1. Be aware of some of the stressors in your everyday life. Ongoing stress makes us susceptible to illness and disease because the brain sends defense signals to the endocrine system, which then releases an array of hormones that not only gets us ready for emergency situations but severely depresses our immunity at the same time. A couple of mind-body therapies to help are relaxation exercises, positive thinking, behavior modification techniques, and social support.
  2. Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost your immune system naturally and keep it healthy? Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system.
  3. Z’s are another natural immune system booster. “Your immune system is like your computer — it needs moments of rest so it doesn’t become overheated.” When you’re sleep-deprived your body churns out stress hormones to keep you awake and alert, which can suppress your immune system.
  4. Make sure to get your health checkups! As much as we (including myself) may despise the doctor, we need make sure that if there are issues, they are getting addressed in time. It becomes difficult to control/treat issues once they are at an advanced stage. But course correction at an early stage is much easier. 
  5. Always read direction labels on your cleaning products! They are there for a reason, while we may think that mixing cleaning solutions will clean better, mixing certain chemicals can harm our lungs and our skin. Make sure to also check labels to ensure you are using the proper PPE (gloves, goggles, etc.) when handling the solutions.
  6. Finally, just like mom and dad said, eat your fruits and vegetables! Fruits and vegetables are heavy in vitamins and nutrients and can help your immune system as well. Combining the right foods and supplements is key to staying healthy. Specifically, they are rich in Vitamin C, which reduces the duration of the common cold.