STRENGTHENING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Our immune system is our body’s first line of defence against diseases. It keeps us safe and wards off various infections, viruses, and bacteria, so it’s very important that we keep it strong. However, an overactive immune system leads to allergies and autoimmune diseases, while an underactive one makes us more susceptible to infections, so the real trick here is to find a way to balance it. To help with that, we’ve got some great, all natural tips for strengthening your immune system and that will hopefully make sure you are healthier this season.
Stop taking antibiotics for your flu
If it’s a viral infection, you don’t need antibiotics. Not only do you not need them, you are actively harming yourself and making everything worse if you keep taking drugs for that simple cold or flu that comes every season. Antibiotics do absolutely nothing to viruses, and most doctors won’t prescribe them for that. Those who do, are generally just giving into patient demands because patients hate leaving the doctor’s office with just “drink more fluids and get plenty of rest” as the only form of advice. However, this is pretty much the best thing you can do for yourself if you’re suffering from a cold, so don’t worry too much about which drugs to take and simply give your body some time to fight it off on its own.
Eat inflammation-reducing food
Processed foods and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, sugar, and pastries can raise inflammation levels in our bodies and make our immune system act up. The same goes for fried things, soda, and red meat. However, some foods do the opposite and help our body restore its balance by reducing inflammation. Fatty fish, walnuts, almonds, leafy greens, blueberries, and others are great things to eat, so try to incorporate as much of these as you can into your diet.
Whether you take them as supplements or in the form of Greek yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, or other fermented foods, probiotics promote the growth of good bacteria and keep your gut safe strengthening your immune system. They are a particularly good supplement to take when you do have to take antibiotics because they’ll keep your stomach and your immune system safe.
Consider air purifiers
If you suffer from allergies or any sort of respiratory disease, purifiers are the way to go. It’s a good way to keep the air in your home clean and give you a respite during the allergy season, so grab one if you tend to have trouble breathing and your sinuses get clogged. Try to find something with a HEPA filter, because the best air purifiers for mold and pollen tend to have it and it helps to filter out all the allergens from the air.
Enjoy the sunshine
Our body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D, so spending some time outside and soaking in the sun (while wearing sunscreen, of course), is the ideal way to get what we need. Vitamin D is very important for prevention of autoimmune diseases, so if your lifestyle doesn’t allow for much sunlight, try supplementation.
Regular exercise improves the way antibodies react to infections strengthening your immune system, so try to get about 30 minutes of daily workouts to get all sorts of benefits, from better immune system to improved cardiovascular health.
Try natural products
Things like ginger, myrrh, oregano, and elderberry are great things to implement in your diet. They are all powerful immune system boosters, and daily use has proven to be very beneficial, especially for people who tend to get sick often.
Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation is the path to disease, and if you’re constantly feeling exhausted and irritable, you’re a lot more likely to make bad lifestyle choices and indulge in inflammation-rising foods frequently. Sleep is also our body’s way of healing and recuperating, and it also helps us produce T-cells (a type of immune cell). So, rest well and keep your cycle regular.
Boosting your immune system is mostly all about making smart lifestyle choices. Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and use herbs and supplements with a long history that are known to promote a balanced response of our immune system. Use these tips and you’re bound to have a lot less sick days this season!
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