8 Immune system boosters
The immune system is as the name suggests – a system, not a single entity. To work well, it needs to be balanced. Having a healthy lifestyle is the only way to keep it in top shape so it’s ready to go into battle for you.
Don’t smoke and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Nothing beats a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruit and veg. Introduce different types of vegetables in a variety of colours to get the full spectrum of disease-fighting antioxidants nature has to offer.
Find an exercise you enjoy, whether that’s a team sport or a brisk walk, and you’re more likely to do it regularly. But don’t go full throttle; over-exercising can have the opposite effect of suppressing immunity. Movement also promotes good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body easily and do their job efficiently.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT
Keeping your waist circumference to less than half your height is one of the best indicators you’re a healthy weight, according to 2017 research.
SKIP THE ALCOHOL
Skip the alcohol on most days but if you do drink, do so only in moderation.
Many of us spend much of our day in fight or flight mode rather than being relaxed. Finding time to be calm will protect you from changes that lead to illness. Meditation, yoga and even a stroll can help ease stress.
Seven to nine hours’ sleep is optimal for a healthy immune system.
Avoid chemicals in household cleaners and personal care products.