Your immune system is highly complex. It has to be strong and sophisticated enough to fight various infections and illnesses but not so strong that it overreacts and causes allergies and other autoimmune disorders.
Boosting your immunity is about maintaining a healthy, holistic lifestyle rather than looking for any quick fixes. The following everyday lifestyle habits can help you give your immune system what it needs to function optimally.
1. Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is essential for every part of your body and is key to a strong immune system. Make sure you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats from sources like avocado, oily fish and olive oil. Getting sufficient amounts of certain micronutrients are also important for boosting your immunity. This includes vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E.
2. Regular Exercise
Physical activity is important for supporting a healthy immune system as well as building muscle and reducing stress. 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is great for stimulating your immune system and improving circulation. For example, brisk walking, steady bicycling, jogging and swimming.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Getting adequate sleep (7 to 9 hours sleep each night) is important for maintaining your immune health and fighting illnesses. Essential infection-fighting molecules are created during sleep. Studies show that people who don’t get enough quality sleep are more likely to get sick after exposure to viruses, such as the ones that cause the common cold.
4. Reduce Stress
Stress and anxiety can have a huge impact on the ability of your immune system to function properly. Your body’s stress response suppresses your immune system, increasing your chance of illness or infection. Take steps to manage your stress through meditation, deep breathing or exercise, depending on what works for you.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is essential for our bodies, including supporting your immune system. A fluid in your circulatory system called lymph is made mostly of water and carries important immune cells around your body. Being dehydrated slows down the movement of lymph, potentially impairing your immune system.
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