You might be sabotaging your immune system without even knowing it. Did you know, many common lifestyle habits can have a negative effect on the health of your immune system.
So with Fall approaching and Winter right around the corner, let’s boost your immunity now!
A poor immune system can leave you more vulnerable to illnesses like the common cold and the flu, and even contribute to the development of cancer and other serious diseases.
Replacing bad habits with healthy habits can bolster the strength and effectiveness of your immune system.
Consider where you could implement healthier, immune-boosting habits:
- Moderate exercise of only 30 minutes a day increases several factors in the immune system. The most important of these is your leukocyte count. These are the cells that fight infection. Not to mention, a 30 minute walk has been know to make you feel better and help with anxiety & depression.
- Sitting at a desk all day increases the odds of catching common ailments. Go to the gym or get out and take a brisk walk every day.
- Avoid being overweight. Excess bodyweight greatly increases the likelihood of developing diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Studies have also shown that being overweight has a negative impact on the immune system.
- Watch your diet. Excess sugar consumption has a negative effect on immune system’s effectiveness when dealing with bacteria. While I believe that each of our bodies is a unique chemistry set, and we all have difference needs, tolerances and reactions, sugars effect can be seen after the consumption of as little as 1 teaspoon and the body tries to cope for at least a few hours after consumption. Need a place to start? Read labels. Anything with an -ose or an -ol at the end of the ingredients is sugar of some sort. Put it back and shop the perimeter of the store!
- The antidote to sugar? Foods that are high in antioxidants and other micro-nutrients that boost the immune system. The best way to get all of these nutrients is by eating fruits and vegetables. Ideally, fill at least half your plate with vegetables. Need something super quick? Try a green juice, just hold the sugar. 🙂
- Reduce stress. We’re all faced with a certain amount of stress in our lives. A small amount of stress is actually good for our health. However, excessive, chronic stress has a very negative impact on immune system health.
- Have you ever noticed you only get sick when you’re overstressed? When you’re stressed, you become much more likely to develop a variety of illnesses. It’s so necessary. Tony Robbins says, “If you don’t have 10 minutes a day, you don’t have a life!” I 100% agree. Find 10 minutes a day to decompress.
- Laugh! Laughing is great for you. It decreases the level of stress hormones in your body. It also increases a specific type of white blood cell (lymphocytes). Even the anticipation of experiencing something humorous has a very positive effect on the immune system. Need help? Watch anything from the #imomsohard videos on Youtube. Hilarious!
- Avoid social isolation. A strong social network is a great boost to both your mental and physical health. Your immune system is especially affected. Call a friend and make time to get together!
- Those with strong social connections and close friends have a higher level of immunity than those that feel socially isolated. All the more reason to get-together and laugh!
- Get enough sleep. Most adults require 7 to 9 hours of sleep to maintain good health. A lack of sleep can increase the likelihood of getting sick.
- Insomnia can increase inflammation in the body, which inhibits your immune system’s responsiveness. Want a sleep routine? Check this out: http://bit.ly/2cWDov7
- Practice relaxation techniques. Since chronic stress decreases immune system function, learning relaxation techniques will help return your immune system to healthy state.
- Experiments have shown that regular meditation has a positive impact on your immune system. Need an app? I’ve got one. Try Calm…I love it!
Boosting your immune system is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It has a significant impact on longevity and happiness.
Enhancing your overall well-being, as well as helping your immune system…sounds like a no-brainer. Eating better, sleeping more, exercising, and relaxing will make you feel better every day. You have 10 minutes. You are worth 10 minutes. xo