5 SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTHY
We all know how important our immune system is, but often it takes falling sick to be more aware of it and make it strong! Did you know having a strong healthy immune system can prevent thousands of diseases? So, keeping it strong and healthy is important!
There are some simple things you can do in your every day life to keep your immune system healthy, here are five:
When you exercise regularly, there are a number of things that benefit your body. Your heart gets stronger and is able to pump more blood throughout your body when you exercise. Your lungs get better equipped at handling oxygen and dishing it out to the rest of your body. Your muscles also get stronger as you use them more often. Your immune system is no different. Doctors have found that exercise can boost your immune system by providing a boost to the cells in your body that are assigned to attack bacteria. These cells appear to work more slowly in people who don't exercise than in those that do. As a result, if you exercise, your immune system is better equipped to handle bacteria that could cause you to become sick. Though this boost only lasts for a few hours after you exercise, it's often enough to help keep you healthier than you would be if you didn't exercise. (source )
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
There's a lot of research on how sleep effects different parts of your immune system and in different ways. Different people will require different levels of sleep depending on the unique make-up of each of our bodies. many studies suggest that sleep actually helps our bodies to create the immune cells we need to fight off pathogens (bacteria virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease). You can read up on the specifics on sites like these.. but just know more sleep = healthier immune system. And, who doesn't need an excuse to get into bed?!
GET THE NUTRIENTS YOU NEED
Food is the most obvious place to get your nutrients - getting in your fruit and veggies daily is the best way to aid the health of your immune system. More specifically foods like: broccoli, red peppers, garlic, citrus fruits, ginger, spinach, yoghurt, almonds, papaya, kiwi, sunflower seeds poultry and shellfish are all amazing for your immune system. If you know your diet is lacking in these foods, make a conscious effort to add them into your diet, or at least start looking at immune support supplements like, Echinacea, Elderberry, colloidal silver, and probiotics that you can take.
MANAGE YOUR STRESS
If you need to reminded at how stress impacts the body in a negatively way - go back and read this. Stress weakens your immune system terribly, so it's vital that you know how to manage your own and do something daily for it. Working out or hitting some balls makes some feel a lot calmer, for others it's complete alone time. Know what you need and do it! Your health relys on it.
EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
We talked about living a balanced lifestyle here, and this goes along with it. Your immune system reacts to everything you do, so be kind to yourself and in turn you will be kind to your body. Try not to binge on one thing, going a week without alcohol but then overloading at the weekend is not good for your immune system. You're better off having one drink a night every night than your entire weeks amount in one or two nights. Same goes to exercise - you need to make sure you are adding rests into your routine. This is why we suggest everything in moderation, try not to over indulge in one thing. Do lots of things in an even amount. And you're immune system will be stronger for it.