How to boost your Immune System
Spring and fall are really the seasons where everyone gets sick. It’s freezing cold but because the sun is out, we assume it is somewhat warm and don’t wear enough. Or too much. It is the most confusing season ever and that is why we need to boost our immune system to keep colds, flu and other bugs at bay.
Strengthening immunity is a consistent and integrated process that we need to keep up all year long because every part of our body functions better when protected from environmental assaults, bolstered by healthy living strategies…
- Don’t Smoke. Cigarette smoking damages the immune system as it relates specifically to the lungs. As the smoke enters the lungs, it harms the lung’s defense mechanism against infection.
- Adapt your body to different Temperatures. Even minimal physical outdoor activities like daily walks are great methods to adapt your body to different temperatures.
- Avoid Sleep Deprivation. If you’re tired when you wake up in the morning, you’re not getting enough sleep, or maybe not enough quality sleep. Either way, your immunity is probably compromised. Poor sleep is associated with lower immune system function and reduced numbers of killer cells that fight germs. Killer cells are also the part of the immune system that combats cells that divide too rapidly, as they do in cancer. Lower numbers mean greater risk for illness.
- Keep Stress Levels low. There is compelling scientific evidence that chronic stress causes a measurable decline in the immune system’s ability to fight disease. Use laughter as a stress remedy!
- Exercise Regularly. One study compared inactive people with those who walked briskly almost every day. Researchers found that those who didn’t walk took twice as many sick days in 4 months as those who walked.
- Eat a diet high in Vegetables and Fruits. Vegetables and fruits are full of important vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system happy and healthy.
- Take supplements. I am against taking supplements over the course of a long time. But you may do a cure after consultation with the pharmacist. There are supplements that contain vitamin C and other immune-activating vitamins.
- Ban Junk Food from your Menu. One thing that a lot of junk food has in common is excess fat. Fats, especially polyunsaturated fats, tend to suppress the immune system. Another bad component of junk food is excess sugar. Sugar inhibits phagocytosis, the process by which viruses and bacteria are engulfed and then literally chewed up by white blood cells.
- Stay away from Alcohol. Excessive alcohol intake can harm the body’s immune system in two ways. First, it produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune- boosting nutrients. Second, alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs.
- Drink plenty of Water and Herbal Teas. Water helps to flush out toxins from the body, helping the immune system do its job.
- Hand Hygiene. Wash your hands properly and regularly. This is the easiest way to get rid of harmful germs that cause diseases.