How to boost your immune system naturally
The golden rule is “If you take care of yourself, the immune system will take care of itself”. Incorporate these everyday healthy habits into your lifestyle, and they will keep your immune system strong and ready to fight off infections.
1. Eat a nutrient-packed, well-rounded diet
The most effective way to keep your immune system functioning normally is the old-fashioned way – healthy well-balanced diet and exercise. Make sure you eat a lot of fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins – these products will help defend your body against germs.
2. Exercise regularly
Exercising regularly and eating healthy are the most significant factors for your immune system. It’s been proven that people who live more sedentary lifestyles are far more likely to get colds or other infectious diseases.
3. Eat more food with probiotics
The bacteria in your gut may affect your body’s ability to fight off infections. Make sure you eat enough food with live and active cultures. Research shows that probiotics may protect against certain inflammatory conditions. Fermented foods and beverages such as kimchi, sauerkraut or kombucha, may offer additional benefits compared to regular food. Also consider taking a daily probiotic supplement.
4. Wash your hands with soap and water
Washing your hands is a very effective way of preventing you from getting sick. Washing your hands with plain soap and water is really all you need, and an antibacterial soap isn’t quite necessary or good for us in the long run.
5. Use hand sanitizer
If you don’t have soap and water available somewhere out in public, use a hand sanitizer. It’s very convenient and efficient way to clean your hands from bacteria.
6. Get enough sleep
Not having enough sleep can result in serious ramifications on your health, weakening your immune system. There’s a direct connection between lack of sleep and getting sick. So make sure you have recommended 7-8 hours of good quality sleep at night.
7. Consult with your doctor whether you need to take supplements
An average person without any illnesses doesn’t have to take vitamin supplements. The vast majority of nutrients we need we can get from the food we eat, and vitamins can get expensive. But if you do decide to take supplements, consult with your doctor first. Be careful with individual supplements of vitamin A, D, E, and K, which can be dangerous to humans if taken in high doses.