The immune system is our body’s defense against germs. The most common germs that can enter our body can include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and toxins. Although not all germs are dangerous, some can make you very sick leading to a number of illnesses such as strep throat, pneumonia, chicken pox, influenza, ringworm, yeast infections and more.
At a time when the Flu Season is at its height, plus with COVID-19 still a threat worldwide, having a healthy and strong immune system is even more crucial.
Here is a list of 7 things you can do to keep your immune system healthy:
1. Wash Your Hands
Properly washing your hands with soap and water is on the easiest and most effective ways to prevent germs from entering your body and spreading them on surfaces and other people. Think about the number of things you touch everyday with your hands. It is important to make sure your hands are clean. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommends wet, lather, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry.
If soap is not available, the CDC mentions that you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
2. Disinfect Surfaces
Even when your home looks clean, there could still be many unseen germs. The average household or workplace is home to many species of bacteria and fungi that we often touch without knowing it. Surface cleaners can remove dirt and stains, but only EPA-registered disinfectants have been found to kill germs during cleaning. Since we are exposed to these germs on a daily basis, the CDC recommends that you disinfect surfaces on a regular basis.
3. Manage Stress
If you find yourself anxious or worried about something, your body is producing hormones. These hormones can suppress your immune system. This makes the immune system not work as well as it can, leading you to more likely get sick. Do your best to keep your stress levels down by doing activities such as Yoga, meditation, meaningful interactions with loved ones and don’t forget to laugh!
4. Catch Those Z’s
Sleep is actually on of the best natural immune system boosters. During sleep, your body is able to rest and repair itself. Without enough sleep, it weakens your body’s ability to fight off germs. A study from the scholarly journal Sleep, found that people who get adequate sleep each night (7-8 hours), are four times less likely to get sick than those who didn’t.
5. Get Moving
Regular physical exercise can help improve blood circulation which includes cells such as antibodies and white blood cells (part of the immune system). While you exercise, you may sweat, and that is one of the many ways our bodies get rid of toxins. While the CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, you should always speak with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
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6. Stock Up on Vitamins
There are many vitamins our bodies need to be healthy. There are certain ones that are particularly important to support your immune system. The most common vitamin being Vitamin C, that is known for its antioxidants. Other vitamins include Zinc, Vitamins A and E.
7. Eat a Healthy Diet
The foods that we eat, often affect our bodies. When we make sure we have the proper nutrients, it supports our body’s ability to be healthy. Having a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help keep your immune system going strong. Some immune-healthy ingredients include citrus fruits, red bell peppers, ginger, turmeric, poultry (ie. chicken), and yogurt.
Looking for recipe ideas to boost your immune system, check out my Immune Health Support Recipe Guide here.
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