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With covid-19 continuing to wreak havoc across the world, having a strong immune system has never been more important. There are many ways in which you can boost your immune system to help fight off bugs and viruses. Here are just a few measures that you can take.
Studies show that those who regularly exercise are less likely to develop infections that those are physically inactive. Find ways to get moving – whether it’s a workout at home or going for a walk. You could even set a timer to get up from your couch or desk every 45 minutes and just move. If you have a gaming system, try out some of the interactive games. Many options for exercise these days are available. Not that it’ll be a concern for me personally(lol), but be mindful that there’s evidence that over-exercising can have the opposite effect so be careful of pushing yourself too much if you’re trying to keep your immune system up.
Eat the right foods
A balanced diet can also help you to maintain a strong immune system. This includes getting your fix of vitamins and not overdoing carbs or fats. Citrus fruits, yogurt, garlic, peppers and broccoli are all great foods for strengthening different areas of our immune system. Avoid living on processed foods and soda, as this could have a negative impact on your immune system. Plus, bathing suit season is going to sneak up on us soon like a B-rate horror movie monster.
Certain supplements may act as an immune system booster. These generally include ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin D, turmeric or zinc. You can find these supplements online. Make sure to do your research so that you know you’re choosing a trusted supplement brand and one that will not interfere with any medication you are currently taking.
Get enough sleep
Many studies have found that a lack of sleep can negatively impact our immune system. Ideally, we should all be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night (teenagers and children generally need more). Aside from going to bed at a reasonable time, there are many ways to boost sleep quality including investing in a comfortable mattress, reducing screen time before bed, avoiding certain foods before bed, exercising throughout the day, blocking out outside light and reducing stress levels in the evening.
Stress can also damage the immune system – and not just by negatively affecting sleep quality. Studies show that increased cortisol levels as a result of chronic stress can decrease the function of infection-fighting cells. While you may not always be able to remove stress triggers from your life, there are ways in which you can de-stress such as meditating, exercising, taking a hot bath or listening to music. You know how in as many articles as possible I always try to fit in this saying my mom told me a long time ago…
“If you don’t love and take care of yourself, you aren’t going to be able to love and take care of others!”
Smoking can destroy our immune system. In fact, studies have shown that smokers have increased risk of catching infections. Taking steps to quit smoking could help you to keep your immune system strong. There are lots of quitting methods to try including hypnosis, chewing gum and nicotine pads.
Drink less alcohol
Heavy alcohol consumption can also weaken the immune system. Just like smokers, studies have found that heavy drinkers are more susceptible to infections. To keep your immune system up, make sure to drink in moderation(not like the “just one drink” meme above lol). If you don’t feel like you can drink in moderation, then just don’t drink at all.
These are just some tips to help your immune system. Staying healthy is important no matter what but especially in times like this!
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