Throughout the year, many people are likely to catch a cold or need to slow down from the business of life. We are all prone to sickness and becoming run down. It’s especially important during these periods to focus on boosting our immune systems to help our bodies fight back against illness. However, we should also focus on taking ourselves throughout the year to fight against the possibility of sickness altogether. To celebrate this World Day of the Sick, here are seven tips to boost your immune system.
1) Stay Away From Smoke
Smoking can have disastrous impacts on your health and wellbeing. Tobacco is a major contributor to heart disease, even if you inhale it secondhand. Cigarettes are filled with chemicals that contribute to plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart and stop your immune system from fighting off illness.
2) Get a Full Night’s Rest
Sleep and immunity go hand-in-hand. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule with a full night’s rest is quintessential for your health and wellbeing. If you’re a busy person who is chronically tired, sleep deprivation can stop your immune system from doing its job. Aim for a minimum of seven to eight hours a night of sleep to keep your heart healthy.
3) Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise helps increase your immunity to illness. Physical activity can reduce your risk of getting a cold, flu or other illness. It slows the release of stress hormones, helps white blood cells that fight disease circulate faster and flush bacteria out of lungs and airways.
4) Drink Alcohol in Moderation
Drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous for your immune system. Alcohol impacts your body’s ability to recognize and respond to foreign bacteria and pathogens in the short and long-term. Drink alcohol in moderation to let your immune system get its work done.
5) Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Colourful fruits and vegetables are filled with beta-carotene that brings Vitamin A to your body. This vitamin is an antioxidant that helps your body maintain physical barriers to infection and stop bacteria and pathogens from entering the body.
6) Alleviate Stress
Stress makes us sick. It releases hormones that weaken your immune system and make you vulnerable to getting a cold or flu. Anxiety puts the human body on alert, despite you not always being in immediate danger. Find ways to relax and alleviate stress.
7) Maintain Good Hygiene
Don’t forget to wash your hands! A clean body is more resilient to illness. Stay on top of your hygiene and in doing so, you can keep your immune system strong.