Simple methods to boost your immune system

By Cherise Evertz

Simple methods to boost your immune system

As the weather starts to cool off, it feels like more and more people start to get sick. Colds and flu start to take over the workplace or your child comes home from school with a cough and sniffling nose. While getting sick throughout winter seems to be the norm, it doesn’t have to be. There are a few ways that you can implement some changes in order to increase your immunity and get through winter without being sick.

Assess your diet

Your diet is a key point in ensuring your immunity is as strong as it could be. If you’re always heading to the local fast-food chain for all of your meals, chances are you’re not getting as many nutrients and vitamins than you could be. Have a look at your diet and see where you can improve things. Of course, you don’t have to go from eating take-away three times a day to eating a salad every meal! Even small changes can help. For a healthy immune system, you need regular and good nourishment. Even switching one meal a day to a healthier alternative can help.

Get regular exercise

There’s no doubt that regular exercise is great for overall health and wellbeing. It’s great for releasing daily stressors by slowing down the release of stress hormones, helps with muscle function and generally makes you feel good! It is believed that physical activity can help to “flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways”, which can help reduce your chances of getting a cold or flu. If it has been a while since you got some regular exercise, start by adding a little more physical activity into your day. You could take a walk on your lunch break, bike to work or take the kids to the beach on the weekend, instead of staying at home. Not only can you help reduce the incidence of illness, but you’ll feel good, too.

Have a good night’s sleep

Getting adequate sleep is important for your health. It is even more beneficial to ensure your immune system is functioning properly. Studies have shown that there is a strong association between sleep, the circadian system and improved immune function. Getting a good night of sleep means that your body can repair itself throughout the night, including boosting your immune system. You can help get better sleep by going to bed and waking up at the same time and reducing your screen time before going to sleep. Keeping your bedroom calm and dark is also a great way to improve sleep quality.

Supplementing with vitamins

Supplementing with vitamins are beneficial for those who are not getting enough vitamins in their diet. While there are plenty of different vitamin and multivitamins on the market, some are better than others for boosting your immune system function. When looking for a multivitamin, it’s important to choose one that has the best vitamins to fight off colds and flu. Vitamin C is one of the best immune system boosters for your body. Other great vitamins include Vitamin B6 to support biochemical reactions in your immune system and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant, which can help your body to fight off any infections. If you take a multivitamin with these three vitamins, it will be able to give your body a fighting chance against illnesses this cold season.

Better Health All Year Round

With these tips, you’ll be able to help your immune system to take on anything that comes your way. Not only will you give your body the best chance at not being ill through winter, but as the weather warms up, you’ll be ready to take on every day. If you have any health concerns or want to know more about cold and flu prevention, speak to your medical practitioner to assess your personal health.

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