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5 Best Ways to Boost Your Immune System
Our immune system protects or defends our body against viruses, germs, parasites and bacteria that contributes to the decline of our health and eventually can lead to sickness. It helps fight off infections like colds and flu and strengthen your overall resistance to chronic illnesses.
The immune system is made up of special network of cells, organs, tissues and proteins that work hand in hand to defeat infections and keep a person healthy and well.
So basically, we always need to strengthen our immune system to keep away from any illnesses. Some of you might be sabotaging your immune system and might not even know it.
I'm no expert at this but I'm sharing you these tips that I've been doing for some time now. I can say that it helps me a lot on my overall health too and I am never been sick nor catch other illnesses like flu or colds from other people.
Bad health habits plus wrong lifestyle choices can quickly weaken our immune system. We must be conscious of these things as this would cost and waste us money and time. Taking care of your immune system is like taking care of your entire body.
Our immune system plays a vital role in protecting our body against infections and chronic illnesses. Get a tune-up on your lifestyle and health habits and strengthen your immune system.
Here are the 5 simple yet best way how to boost our overall resistance.
1. Increase your intake of foods rich in Antioxidants
Since our immune system is mostly made up of network of cells and tissues, taking antioxidant-rich foods is one way of protecting these cells from damage that caused by free radicals, which are by the way a natural by-product of cell metabolism.
The role of these antioxidants is to neutralize these free radicals so they won’t do any further damage to the cells.
Health experts are recommending brightly-colored fruits as a part of your diet like kiwi, apples, plums, pears, oranges and tomatoes especially berries like strawberries, cranberries and raspberries.
For vegetables, try to eat a lot of broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash and spinach.
For complete list of foods rich in antioxidants, read more here:
2. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water
Get active by engaging yourself on exercise. Even brisk walking can help reduce the risk of catching flu and cold.
Exercise helps increase the level of leukocytes, a cell that fights infections. Exercise also helps us develop good sleep habit and sense of well being that have positive results on strengthening our immune system.
Give yourself even 30 minutes a day to exercise and increase your heart rate.
3. Have a good sleep
We revitalized our energy and cells when we sleep. For adults, getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep time is very essential to our health.
Have you noticed that when you're not getting enough sleep, you’re susceptible to infections and flu? It's like we feel fatigue and stressed out and sometimes this is could trigger unhealthy results that can cause our body to be prone to illnesses especially when not treated immediately.
We need sleep to help our body rest for awhile.
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4. Reduce Stress and Worry
Stress is one major factor that leads to fatigue and depression and these things can really weaken our immune system. When we are stressed, we are prone to mood swings and change of eating habits.
We must always put in mind that stress is bad for our health. So if we are feeling pressured and stressed, give yourself some time to de-stress. De-stressing can help calm our nerves and body thus we avoid getting sucked into a bad lifestyle.
To check the level of your stress and to know more about the effective ways how to free ourselves from stress, read more here:
5. Have a good laugh and enjoy the sunshine outside
As they always say, “laughter is the best medicine”.
When we laugh, we are reducing the stress, the worries and the tensions we are experiencing at the moment but increase this type of white blood cells that fight off infections. Give yourself a break from life and enjoy a laughable moment with friends and family.
When you have a free time, go out and enjoy the sun outside. Don’t couch and watch TV all day with a bag of junk foods and burgers on your lap.
Get the Vitamin D from the sun the most natural way.
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