Tips for boosting your immune system

As most COVID-19 restrictions have eased this month and many people are looking forward to a sense of normality, many people are still feeling cautious and anxious. Along with following any government safety guidelines, doing our best to protect ourselves and those around us is key to living a healthy lifestyle.

Although there isn’t a guarantee to prevent any disease, taking the time to look after our health, mind and body is the best way we can boost our immune system.

Read on for tips that can benefit your health and help you to boost your immune system…

 

  • Quit smoking

Smoking is one of the main habits that can weaken our immune system. Nicotine which is found in cigarettes is known to be a immunosuppressive which can stop the release of reactive oxygen species impairing the body’s ability to kill pathogens.

Smoking is a difficult addiction to quit, but it has many positive impacts on your health when stopping.

  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables

Eating a balanced diet with everything in moderation is key to a healthy lifestyle. Including plenty of fruit and vegetables provides our bodies with plenty of antioxidants and vitamins. Fruits high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits are thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections.

  • Exercise regularly

It is recommended that we participate in exercise at least 4-5 times a week for 20 minutes up to an hour. It’s a great way to strengthen our immune system and keep us fit and active to help our body fight off harmful pathogens and viruses.

  • Drink alcohol in moderation

It can affect your immune system. If you drink every day, or almost every day, you might notice that you catch colds, flu or other illnesses more frequently than people who don’t drink. This is because alcohol can weaken the immune system and make the body more susceptible to infections.

  • Get adequate sleep

Sleep is essential for mammals for them to function and stay healthy. Having a good sleep routine ensures our bodies rest and repair through the night. If you’re struggling with getting enough sleep, talk to a doctor or discover our previous blog posts for tips and advice on insomnia or sleep issues.

  • Take steps to avoid infection

Sticking to habits such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly and great ways to keep your immune system strong daily. Since the pandemic began, hand washing has been hyped up as an essential for eliminating the spread of infection, which is a simple habit to carry on into the future.

  • Try to minimise stress

Stress is a normal emotion to feel from time to time- it helps to motivate and drive us during difficult situations. However, chronic or longterm stress can affect our immune system’s ability to fight off antigens. That is why we are more susceptible to infections.

  • Keep current with all recommended vaccines

Vaccines prime your immune system to fight off infections before they take hold in your body. The COVID-19 vaccination is not created to stop you from catching Coronavirus, but it does help to give you better protection against it and eliminate the chances of spreading it to someone who is a lot more venerable.

 

 

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https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system

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https://www.news-medical.net/health/Effects-of-Tobacco-on-the-Immune-System.aspx