8 Im­mune sys­tem boost­ers

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

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

Don’t smoke and stay away from se­cond­hand smoke.

EAT WELL

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.

EX­ER­CISE REG­U­LARLY

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.

DON’T STRESS

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.

SLEEP LOTS

Seven to nine hours’ sleep is op­ti­mal for a healthy im­mune sys­tem.

AVOID CHEM­I­CALS

Avoid chem­i­cals in house­hold clean­ers and per­sonal care prod­ucts.

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