When your immune system is strong, you have a better chance of fighting off colds, flus and other infections.
Your immune system defends you against disease-causing microorganisms, such as the viruses that cause colds and the flu. When your immune system is healthy, it can do a great job of defeating these viruses and keeping you well.
Autumn is a great time to start strengthening your immune system in preparation for the cooler winter months. Here are our top tips to help keep your immune system in good shape:
Drink plenty of Fluids
To keep you healthy, your immune system relies on a well-hydrated body. Water is the best option. The human body is nearly 70% water, so it's no surprise that we need to stay hydrated to stay healthy.
Exercise is essential to preventing chronic illnesses such as heart disease and high blood pressure, it also helps to keep your weight in control. Exercise also contributes to a healthy immune system. It promotes good blood circulation, which helps your immune system do its job more efficiently.
Daily stress can wreck havoc on your immune system and drain your body's ability to stay healthy. Big and little daily stressors can constantly challenge your immune system. That’s why time for self-care is important. Try to make time each day to do things that help to reduce your stress, such as meditate, go for a walk, read a book, enjoy a hobby or get a massage.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is essential for a healthy body and brain. Good sleep helps strengthen your immune system. When you don’t get enough sleep your natural immune cells go down, and inflammation cells go up. Adults should try for at seven to eight hours of sleep a day, children and teens however, need more sleep.
Probiotic's from Food or Supplements
Some of the best foods to boost immunity contain probiotics, live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your gut health, and digestive system.
Eat a well balanced diet
Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help keep you well. Eat a rainbow of vegetables and fruits daily to ensure you're getting a variety of nutrients. Also include lean proteins (meat, chicken, eggs) and complex carbohydrates, like brown rice and quinoa. Reduce your consumption of processed foods, sugar and beverages such as soda and alcoholic drinks.
For more tips on how to strengthen your immune system: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/healthy-living/i/immunity-tips-to-strengthen/