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4 Straightforward Strategies to Help Boost Your Immune System

By Susan Melony | Lifestyle

Jun 19
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In a day and age where it seems like everyone around us is getting sick or suffering from seasonal allergies, it never hurts to give your immune system a good boost.

Unfortunately, many of us sabotage our own health due to our own bad habits. Likewise, the public at large tends to run to the doctor at the first sign of a cold or headache versus teaching our bodies how to handle sickness without the help of antibiotics.

Despite popular belief, providing your immune system a much-needed kick-start isn’t complicated or costly. In fact, some minor investments and small changes can make all the difference toward making yourself less prone to falling ill.

Taking Herbs and Supplements

Supplementation is an absolute must-do for anyone looking to improve their overall health. Serving as a natural alternative to prescription medication, both the web and your local pharmacy represent a treasure trove of ways to keep yourself in tip-top shape.

Consider daily or as-needed solutions such as zinc, natural foods like garlic or lesser-known remedies such as Chinese herbs. It may take time to find a supplement stack that works for you, but don’t be afraid to experiment to see what your body responds to and makes you feel invigorated.

Breaking Bad Habits…

Sometimes keeping yourself healthy means making some lifestyle changes, plain and simple. For starters, smoking is a major no-no when it comes to avoiding illness. Respiratory infections and general lethargy are common for smokers; meanwhile, such a habit discourages you from regular exercise.

Likewise, frequent alcohol lags your body’s ability to fight infection and recover from aches and pains. While you don’t necessarily need to give up booze altogether, the fact remains that drinking less will contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle. Similarly, frequent drinking doesn’t do your waistline or heart health any favors, either.

…and Establishing Good Ones

On the flip side, establishing good habits can help strengthen your body and improve your mood simultaneously. While these habits may seem rather obvious, they represent make-or-break for your immune system. Such habits include…

  • Getting more sleep: only getting a couple of hours per night simply won’t cut it if you want to avoid illness
  • Regular exercise: while you don’t necessarily need to pump iron or become a marathon runner, a daily walk or bike-ride can make a huge difference in your day-to-day health
  • Cleaning up your diet: for example, getting more natural antioxidants through fresh fruits and vegetables are always a plus

Spend More Time Outside

Going hand in hand with becoming more physically active, spending more time outdoors helps introduce you to the elements and allows your body to adapt accordingly. Try to make it a point to get out of the house and office if possible, whether that means biking to work or taking walks during your lunch break. Additionally, more time outdoors means more vitamin D via sun exposure which is a huge immune system booster.

Tired of getting sick all the time? By following these tips, you can spend less time in the doctor’s office and more time doing what you want to do.

 

 

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