When your body fights against viruses, germs, and other disease-causing pathogens, the first line of defense is your immune system. If yours isn’t strong enough and supported by the result of well-established habits, it’ll most likely succumb to those pesky antagonists— which probably means you’ll catch a cold… or something worse.
Let me explain.
The best thing you can do is to follow recommended practices for boosting and keeping your immune system healthy and strong. However, you may be thinking, “some of these are obvious!”. Yes, they are, and they are also very simple. But are you diligently practicing them? It’s not uncommon to regularly ignore healthy practices simply because they might appear obvious. But ultimately, the proof is in taking daily action.
So, how can you prevent these nasty microorganisms from making themselves at home in your body? While no practice is guaranteed to stop all germs completely in their tracks, there are three fundamental ways to boost your defenses in order to have the best fighting chance:
As we all know, exercise is considered one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does working out contribute to good physical health, but it also improves and promotes a strong immune system.
A daily workout provides cardiovascular benefits that protect you against a variety of diseases, and it’s the most natural way your body can do this. If you’re just getting started, click HERE for advice on how to do a quick workout from home.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
According to the Mayo Clinic, “studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus.”
The quality of your sleep has a direct impact on your immune system! It also affects recovery time after you’ve caught a cold. All in all, you must treat sleep as a crucial solution to boosting your immune system. The ideal amount of sleep is 6-8 hours each night.
Stress comes in many different ways, such as stress caused by daily life inconveniences, serious issues, work problems, family problems, etc.
Scientists know stress takes a huge toll on the immune system, but the specifics remain murky. However, it is safe to assume preventing chronic stress is one of the best things you can do for your mental health and your immune system. Trying to live your best life while carrying excessive stress on your shoulders is like pressing down both the accelerator and the brake pedals at the same time.
Some tips for relieving stress are talking it out with someone, drinking tea, exercising, and eating right.