16 Mar 6 WAYS TO BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNITY
As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, we have been hearing about how to reduce exposure and take care of ourselves when we get sick. These are important tips, but here we are going to provide some tips to boost our immunity.
Our body’s immune systems are designed to fight off sicknesses and viruses. But unfortunately, the immune system may get worn down by many things in our modern life like stress, toxins, lack of exercise and unhealthy eating. These prevent our bodies from fighting off sickness effectively.
Here are 6 essential ways to boost your immunity against the outbreak of viruses:
1. Reduce Stress
When we’re stressed out our body produces stress hormones which add to the burden of our immune system. One of the most important ways to boost immunity is to reduce stress. To reduce stress, it is key to ensure you have work-life balance, take breaks when you need them (both short “water-cooler” breaks and longer vacations), and to employ some calming or relaxing stress-reduction techniques.
2. Have sufficient Sleep
When we are not sleeping enough, we increase stress and hurt our immunity. If we’re often drinking too much of a caffeinated drink, we may not even realize just how tired we really are. Having good quality sleep is important to improving our struggling body and immune system.
3. Observe Personal Hygiene
Observe good personal hygiene; Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to the washroom, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing). Wear a mask and seek prompt medical attention, if you have respiratory symptoms such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
4. Watch your diet
Take well-balanced meals on time daily. Avoid taking excessive sugar, processed food and alcohol as they tend to cause inflammation and add more burden to the immune system, weakening the body and therefore possibly contributing a range of other diseases.
5. Exercise, but not too much
Exercise can be one of the best things to do to boost immunity. There are some things that seem to protect us from catching colds and viruses. One of those things appears to be moderate, consistent exercise. Research continues to support a link between moderate, regular exercise and a healthy immune system. During moderate exercise, immune cells circulate through the body more quickly and are better able to kill bacteria and viruses. So just keep the other tips in mind: Keep stress low, and if you’re tired, then rest.
6. Take immunity-boosting Nutrition
Who doesn’t want a healthy immune system? Sadly, too many of us don’t eat enough of the fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods we need to keep ourselves healthy year-round. You can’t just eat an orange or grapefruit and expect one quick burst of vitamin C to prevent a cold. A truly healthy immune system for everyone (including vegetarians and Halal friendly) depends on a balanced mix of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants over time, plus normal sleep patterns and a hefty dose of exercise.