Sleep & Health
Your immune system is the main defense for your body to fight against disease. It’s critical to helping you stay healthy all year long. The key thing to remember is that the immune system is not just one component within the human body, it is a complete system that works together to combat any microorganisms that may cause harm to the body. Here are some tips to help give your immune system a boost:
1. Adjust Your Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet with high fruits and vegetables is essential to help give your body essential nutrients for your immune system. Your liver is a part of your body’s detoxification process. Consider adding vegetables such as kale or broccoli to your meal to help improve its function. Don’t forget to make sure you are selecting foods that can help with vitamin consumption, specifically Vitamin A, C, BC, D and E. Multivitamin supplements are also an option, but please consult with your doctor before taking.
2. Exercise Regularly
Make sure you are taking time for regular exercise. It is an easy way to start beefing up your defense system. Try to do some sort of active movements for at least 30 minutes, three times a week. You can try walking, yoga, riding a bike, or even just dancing around your living room. This can help improve cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and also protects your body against some diseases. However, over working out can cause negative effects. Make sure to keep a healthy balance.
3. Drink Alcohol in Moderation
It’s okay to drink but do so in moderation. Studies have shown that alcohol overconsumption can decrease how your immune system reacts. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that women have no more than one drink per day and men have no more than two drinks.
4. Make Sleep A Priority
Sleep is essential to help your body recover and fight off infections and illnesses. Studies have shown that while you sleep your body releases proteins that help fight off infections and inflammation. Make it a goal to sleep at least 7 hours every night. Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule and avoid caffeine and booze right before bed. If you are having problems falling asleep, you can check out our other tips for better sleep.
5. Minimize Stress
Take time to relax and unwind. Studies have shown that too much stress can weaken your body’s immune system. So spend part of your day doing something you love or find a way to kick back. To help lower your stress levels, you can also try meditation, practicing yoga, listening to soothing music, or taking deep breaths.
There are many other ways to help prevent illness. But, always make sure you are washing your hands to wipe away all the germs. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds can make a big difference in fighting and preventing the spread of illness. If you do get sick or get an infection, make sure you rest and allow your body time to recover. Recovery is a key aspect to allowing your immune system to do its job.
We are not a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor before doing any drastic changes.