In today’s world, along with technology, economy & information revolutionary existence; diseases are also becoming revolutionary. Everyday we hear about diseases that we have never encountered, whether they are chronic, contagious or just passing by your life for a week or two testing your immunity system. Now I will take through healthy living strategies to boost your immune system.
The immune system is mainly what protects your body from outside invaders. These invaders include germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins (chemicals made by microbes). It is a complex of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together. It works in collaboration with other human systems to protect the host from harmful organisms. The immune system consists of two different parts; the innate system which is the immunity you’re born with, and the acquired immune system which is the immunity your body develops when your body gets attacked by diseases ( the antibodies ).
Along with all this, humans can help boost their immune system or make it weaker through many different ways. And this is a tall order, as the immune system is precisely a system, not a single entity. Therefore to function well, it requires balance and harmony in many different ways. In this article, I will guide through 7 general healthy-living strategies that would support your immune system and act as immunity boosters.
1. Take All Your Vaccines
Viral infections are responsible for many human diseases, from common diseases like the flu to emerging infections such as Zika virus and SARS-CoV-2.
2. Eat & Drink Healthy
As agreed, food is your best medicine. That’s why it’s important that you eat vegetables and fruits because your immune system relies on nutrient dense foods to function well.
3. Exercise Regularly
There is a developing relationship between sports and immunology. As exercising improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. This means that exercising can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system.
4. Stop Smoking
There are lots of benefits to stopping smoking such as boosting your immune system. Being smoke free will lead to improved circulation, increased oxygen levels in the blood; and therefore, having lower inflammation in the body. All of this allows the immune system to fight diseases better.
You can read this: 6 Best Foods To Help Quit Smoking
5. Sleep Well
We have talked about the countless benefits of sleep many times before, but one of which would definitely affect your life. When you sleep poorly, your body becomes unable to effectively fight infection and repair body damages. This means that you sleep well and your immune system will work better.
6. Minimize Stress
The cortisol hormone is a hormone that gets boosted in your body when you feel stressed. However, this hormone is controlled when you breathe deeply or when you laugh out loud and make the happiness hormones take over your body. So Take five minutes to slow down and breathe deeply (start with five seconds in, five seconds out).
7. Take Daily Steps To Avoid Infections
- Clean surfaces around you
- Wash and dry your hands
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Ventilate your house
- Don’t pick your nose (or your mouth or eyes either). Not only is it a social taboo, but it also leads to the spread of a number of infections.