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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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Experts say that boosting your immune system may also give you an edge in staying healthy. Here are five smart steps to add to your to-do list now.

 

1  Stay active

 

 

Working out is a powerful way to boost your immune system. It causes your body’s antibodies and white blood cells to circulate more rapidly, which means they may be able to detect and zero in on bugs more quickly. Being active this way also lowers stress hormones, which reduces your chances of getting sick.

2  Watch your diet

 

 

 

Eighty per cent of your immune system is in the gut, so when it’s healthy, we tend to be able to fight off infections faster and better. When it’s not, our immune system is weaker and more susceptible to fighting off infection.

 

3  Stay on top of stress

 

There’s a strong link between your immune health and your mental health. When you’re under chronic stress or anxiety, your body produces stress hormones that suppress your immune system. People who are stressed are more susceptible to developing the common cold.

 

4  Get enough sleep

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. Sleep reboots the system.

 

5  Be strategic about supplements

 

 

There’s no magic herb or vitamin you can pop to automatically prevent a cold, flu or other viruses. A study found that a moderate daily dose of vitamin D may offer protection if you’re already low in the sunshine vitamin.

 

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5 special Father’s Day gift delivery in Melbourne

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Father’s Day is fast approaching. Don’t let lockdown stop you from organising a gift for your dad, grandparent or any other special person in your life. These are the best gifts you can send straight to their door, or hold onto until you see them next.

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5 unique hotels for your Melbourne staycation

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Escaping the every day doesn’t have to mean taking a flight if you live in the Victorian capital. Here are five Melbourne ‘staycation’ ideas that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.

W Melbourne

The city’s first ‘luxury lifestyle hotel’ has taken up residence in Collins Arch at W Melbourne. Behind the Flinders Lane entry, bold pops of colour reflect the city’s laneway culture. And your pug or poodle is welcome to share your Cozy, Wonderful or Fabulous guestroom or suite for the night. 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTEL Melbourne

NOTEL takes glamping to the next level. Check-in with your smartphone to one of six luxury Airstream caravans. Perched atop a car-park rooftop, the sleek vans have everything you’d wish for. Fitted out with a queen bed and ready-to-raid minibar, not to mention a pretty spectacular view.

 

 

 

 

Lancemore Crossley St

The grit and glamour of concrete and velvet come together at the Lancemore. In the lobby, dramatic lighting hints at the surrounding theatre district. Upstairs, the 113 spacious art-filled rooms offer a luxurious retreat. And the guest-only rooftop terrace with fire pit and daybeds promises privacy. 

 

 

 

 

DoubleTree by Hilton

It’s all about the location at DoubleTree by Hilton. Opposite Flinders Street Station and moments from Fed Square, there’s a choice of river or city skyline views. Lounge in the Melbourne-inspired industrial-chic décor, showcasing local design and European features. 

 

 

 

 

QT Melbourne

With geometric patterns, sharp colours and luxe, industrial finishes, QT Melbourne oozes sophistication. Expect baths surrounded by curtains, black tiled walls and neon lights. Kick back with a G&T in the glamorous rooftop bar or new urban oasis, the Secret Garden Bar. 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 interesting facts about the Summer Olympics

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With the 2021 Tokyo Olympics has begun, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about the Summer Games which will take you by surprise.

 

1.  Olympic gold medals are not made up of gold

The practice of awarding pure gold medals to the Olympic medalists was last followed in 1912. The current Olympic gold medals are, in fact, made up of silver and plated with 6g of gold.

2.  Three Olympic Games in the modern era have been canceled

In the long history of the modern Olympic Games, only three Summer Olympics have been canceled. While the 1916 Berlin Olympics was canceled due to World War I, the 1940 Helsinki Olympics and 1944 London Olympics were canceled due to World War II.

3.  The 2021 Tokyo Olympic medals are made up of recycled electronic devices

The upcoming Tokyo Olympics will present athletes with medals composed of recycled electronic devices, including discarded laptops and smartphones. The devices were proactively donated by the citizens of Japan as the material for the medals.

4.  Only one athlete has won gold medals in both Summer and Winter Olympics

Eddie Eagan of America is the only athlete to win gold at the Summer as well as the Winter Olympics. He won his summer gold in boxing at the 1920 Games. At the 1932 Winter Olympics, Eagan clinched the gold in four-man bobsled.

/ Eddie Eagan of America

5.  At least one color of the Olympic Rings appears in every national flag

The founder of the modern Olympic movement, Pierre de Coubertin designed the Olympic symbol consisting of five rings colored in blue, yellow, black, green, and red with white in the center. These rings represent the five inhabited continents of the world. Interestingly, at least one of these colors is present in every national flag of every country.

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