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1. Get Some Exercise

Exercising is good for your immune system because it contributes to overall good health. It lowers your blood pressure, improves your cardiovascular health, and helps you maintain a healthy weight — something else that’s also important for a healthy immune system. It also protects you against a variety of diseases. But, perhaps most important of all, regular exercise may contribute more directly to a healthy immune system by promoting good circulation, which allows your cells and substances of your immune system to move through your body freely and do their job efficiently.

2. Eat a lot of Fruits and Vegetables

Everyone knows that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is good for your health. In fact, fruits and vegetables enhance your immune response. Now, we know there are some of you who cringe at the thought of eating vegetables. But, there are alternative ways you can do it and still reap the health benefits. For example, you can try “green energy machine” smoothie recipe, which includes spinach, matcha powder, almond milk, pitted dates, and half a frozen banana.

3. Avoid Infection

One of the best ways to strengthen your immune system is to avoid getting infected in the first place. There are a number of steps you can take to avoid infection. Perhaps the most important one is washing your hands frequently. But, here’s something else that you might not have considered: not cooking meats thoroughly can also harm your immune system. Consuming undercooked steak, for example, can lead to serious food poisoning. The symptoms of infection usually begin after 2 days of ingesting the bacteria. It then spreads to other parts of your body and bloodstream, compromising your immunity.

 

4. Get Adequate Sleep

Getting plenty of rest can help reduce stress on your immune system. Speaking of stress, minimizing the amount you have as much as possible also helps protect your immune system. In fact, many illnesses are linked to emotional stress. That being said, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce and/or eliminate the emotional stress in your life. Meditation is one. Yoga is another. Or, just having some quiet time can do the trick as well.

5. Enjoy the Outside

What better way to get a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun than to spend some time outside? But, it’s not just vitamin D that you can get from going outside. Sunlight itself energizes our bodies’ T cells, which in turn helps fight infection. Additionally, plants release phytoncides into the air. These organic compounds boost immune function.

6. Humidify the Air

Studies have shown that humidity, a.k.a. water in the air, can slow the spread of influenza. That’s because low humidity dries out the mucus that coats your nose and airways, making it easier for you to get sick. This can be especially problematic in the winter since the heating system in your home can make indoor air incredibly dry. As a result, the CDC recommends investing in a humidifier to help fight symptoms like cough and sore throat for other common coronaviruses.

TIPS:
-If by chance you don’t have a humidifier on hand, you can always run a hot shower to breathe in the steam. Or, you can breathe in the steam from a pot of boiling water.
-Don’t boost the humidity too high. It can spur mold growth.

7. Don’t Drink or Smoke

Anyone who’s been around long enough knows the dangers of smoking. It’s harmful to your immune system and can make your body less successful at fighting disease. What’s more, is that smoking can also compromise the equilibrium of your immune system. This increases your risk of developing several immune and autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis.

And, while drinking can actually be good for you, you should only do so in moderation. According to an article published by Inc. Magazine, hangovers are an indication that your liver is working too hard. Not only that but alcohol diminishes your body’s T-cell count, as well as your B-cells, which make antibodies to fight bacteria.

 

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