Don’t you just hate it when a cold gets the better of you, when you can’t drag yourself out of bed to get to work because you’re feeling sick? It could be worse like missing an important deadline, failing to attend a client meeting, or neglecting your family’s needs.
To fight colds, cough, flu and a number of illnesses that will take a toll on your everyday life, you need to do one thing, and that’s to strengthen your body’s immune defense.
Your immune system is pretty much like your own security army. It’s up and running 24/7 to defend you from various harmful invaders like toxins, viruses, and bacteria, among others. It doesn’t only kill them, it also “remembers” them so that it can prepare for the next attack.
But of course, your immune system needs you. You need to do your part to ensure that it’s performing at its best. Here are some ways to naturally boost your immunity.
- Eat healthy. First off, the quantity. How much you eat can make or break your immune resistance. Too much eating can lead to weight gain, which in turn can slow down the immune system. Research from University of North Carolina pointed out that obesity hinders the immune system from working properly, making the body more vulnerable to infections. Of course, we can’t overlook the quality of what you’re eating. Nutritious foods are the only ones that should be on your plate. Eating vitamin- and mineral-rich foods can certainly work wonders in making your immune defense stronger. This means more fruits and veggies, and lean meat, and less processed foods, sugary treats, and fatty dishes.
- Get moving. Eating healthy goes hand in hand with exercising properly. As the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports says, the more physically active you are, the fewer sick days you’ll get. This doesn’t make it all right to overexercise though. You need the guidance of a professional trainer to ensure that you get just the right amount of exercise needed by your body, considering your age, build, and health condition.
- Sleep well. Good quality sleep is needed by the body as it’s what energizes the immune system. A 2001 study published in the Seminars in Clinical Neuropsychiatry journal revealed that sleep deprivation can severely weaken the immune system. The National Institutes of Health recommends 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night for adults. And it’s best to avoid drinking caffeinated beverages and taking stimulants before going to bed.
These aren’t all. This post will give you 5 natural immunity boosters that are definitely worth trying.