Your health is one of the most valuable things you have. There are ways that can help you get over an illness faster, but one of the best ways to fight illness is to prevent it. Below I’m going to share some tips to help you develop a strong immune system, along with some habits that you can easily incorporate into your normal routine.
What Does “Strong Immune System” mean?
Your immune system is exactly that, a system. Its primary purpose is to protect against pesky, persistent bacteria that want nothing more than to attack your body. Your immune system is the gatekeeper for what gets in and what stays out of your body. When it is working, the viruses and toxins don’t have a chance. When it’s not, the floodgates are wide open.
Your body shows signs of a strong immune system very often. One example is when you get a mosquito bite. The red, bumpy itch is a sign of your immune system at work. The flu or a cold is an example of your body failing to stop the germs/bacteria before they get in. When you recover from the cold or flu, it’s proof that your immune system was able to eliminate the invader after learning about it. If your immune system did nothing, you would never get over the cold, or anything else for that matter. When you are sick, your body isn’t able to perform at its full potential.
Depending on the nature of what’s got you under the weather, a prescription or over-the-counter medication may be needed. The good news is there are many things you can do to keep your immune system strong and healthy.
5 Tips for a Stronger Immune System
Living a healthy lifestyle is your single best option to a strong immune system. Every part of your body functions better when it is fueled with healthy foods, a positive environment, and minimal stress. Here are some easy tips for a stronger immune system…
- Regular Exercise
There are numerous benefits to exercise, including prevention of arthritis, diabetes, heart conditions, and more. Exercise has also been shown to enhance and improve different components of the immune system. Exercise also improves your sleep quality and increases immune function. Go for a walk, become a member of a fitness center, find some fun exercises, and commit to a routine.
- Soak up the Sun
Enjoy moderate exposure to sunlight a few times each week. Vitamin D is imperative for strengthening your immune system. If you’re not able to get outside, consider a Vitamin D supplement as a substitute. Fresh air is good for everyone!
- Be Mindful
Keep stress minimal; meditate or pray, and allow your brain some down time. Nothing good ever comes from worrying. Your body will be in a more relaxed state and feel rejuvenated with some peace and quiet.
- Keep your Gut Healthy
Foods with good bacteria, like yogurt, have positive health benefits. Probiotics can help your digestive system function normal and stay balanced. After all, 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system, so it’s best to keep your stomach healthy and happy.
- Get Enough Sleep
It’s a simple thing, really, getting a good night’s sleep. It’s your body’s chance to rest and recover. Aim for 7-9 good hours each night. Removing distractions, going to bed when you’re tired, and eliminating sugary foods late in the day will help you hit the pillow.
Little Daily Habits = Long Lasting Effects
Replacing bad health habits with good ones can help you keep a strong immune system. Here are a few little daily habits you can easily incorporate:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Laugh more
- Drink plenty of water
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Take a multi-vitamin
Use these tips to boost your immunity. These habits will also help you to live a happy, healthy life.