Improve Your Immunity in 12 Simple Ways!
The only system in our bodies that helps us fight and win our battles against sicknesses and dieases is the immune system. It’s obviously no fun to be brought down any day and in any weather by a virus, bacteria, or any other sickness boosting ‘bad guy.’
If your want to know how to get your immune system strong and active, then checkout the preventative and immune-boosting tips below!
Check your Stress
Except one is super lazy and gets involved in nothing, stress is unavoidable. However, chronic stress makes one more vulnerable to illness, colds, and even serious diseases. The continuation of stress exposes the body to a steady cascade of stress hormones – cortisol and adrenalin – which suppress the immune system. Breathe deep, meditate, or focus on ‘letting go’ to reduce your stress.
Avoid simple sugars
Consuming too much sugar suppresses the immune system cells responsible for attacking bacteria. Even just consuming 75 – 100 grams of sugar solution (about the same as two 12 oz sodas) reduces the ability of white blood cells to overpower and destroy bacteria. Opt for natural fruit juices, teas, and water to flush your cells, boost your immune system with vitamins, and keep you hydrated.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, and chard all support the liver’s ability and immune function by boosting the liver’s capability to flush out toxins.
‘Get to stepping’
Being stuck at a desk all day or skipping the need to exercise can reduce your immune system’s efficiency. Movement, or exercise, not only stimulates the lymphatic system (the sewer system of the body), but increases oxygenation, and increases the level of leukocytes in the body, an immune system cell that fights infection. Just for 30 minutes, go on a walk, play with your kids, jump rope in front of the television, or get creative and move your body!
Fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Like stress, insomnia can cause a rise in inflammation – and similarly an increase in cortisol. It’s clear a great way to boost your immune system is to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Your weight is important
You’re beautiful not matter what size you are, but to improve your health and support your immune system, it is recommended you adopt lifestyle changes to shed extra pounds. Being overweight increases your likelihood of developing Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease.
Plus, a high number of fat cells trigger the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body, leading to chronic inflammation. When the inflammation is ongoing, tissues get damaged. This contributes to a decreased immune system.
Ginger & Garlic
Ayurvedic medicine claims Ginger warms the body and helps to break down accumulation of toxins in the organs, specifically the lungs and sinuses. This root also helps to cleanse the body’s lymphatic system, which is the body’s sewer system.
Garlic in its raw state is antibacterial, antiviral, a great immune booster, and is rich in antioxidants.Laugh is the best medicine!
Laughter is the best medicine!
The wonderful thing about letting out a hearty laugh is that it decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body while increasing a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Watch a comedy, let your stress hormones drop while your endorphins and growth hormones rise!
This well known vitamin for boosting the immune system is found abundantly in almost all fresh fruits and vegetables.
Go for Antioxidants
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals so they can’t do damage, reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and age-related diseases.
Top antioxidants include Vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, and zinc. Certain foods abundant in these include: brightly colored fruits – citrus, berries, grapes, kiwi, apples, and vegetables – kale, onions, spinach, sweet potatoes, and more!
Zinc in your diet is very important for the development of white blood cells, the intrepid immune system cells that recognize and destroy invading bacteria, viruses, and assorted other bad guy .Zinc is found naturally in red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds.