Because your immune system is your body's first and second line of defence against viruses, bacteria, parasites, and infection, it makes sense to support it in any way you can.
Protect your immune system so that it can protect you.
Your immune system is a massive and intricate network of cells and organs. It is constantly regenerating and adapting, so instead of focusing on boosting your immune system, consider ways to support each component of it. Your body will take care of the rest.
The immune system is so complex that even scientists don't fully comprehend how a healthy lifestyle affects it. But they all agree on one thing: a healthier daily routine will help each component of your immune system.
There are some quick and easy ways you can support your immune system to try to prevent your family from becoming ill again and again:
Avoid passive smoke inhalation by not smoking
This will protect your nasal passages, mucus membranes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin.
Maintain a healthy diet
A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low in saturated fat will nourish your immune system.
Trying to get kids to eat vegetables or new foods can be difficult, so you might want to look into the various supplements available instead.
Adequate fibre and water intake will also benefit your gut, which is a component of your immune system.
Regular exercise is essential.
Exercise and daily activity help you maintain weight control and avoid many lifestyle diseases. Being physically active can also help you deal with depression, low mood, and stress.
Keep a healthy weight
You shouldn't be too heavy or too light – instead, pay attention to body fat and waist circumference. Body fat and weight are linked to your risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and even some cancers. 1
Monitor your blood pressure
Blood pressure is a good indicator of your body's health and ability to deal with stressors in your life. Know what is normal for you and keep track of it.
Consume alcohol in moderation and avoid binge drinking
In moderation, alcohol can be a part of a healthy lifestyle. However, keep in mind that it can cause weight gain and suppress some parts of your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to illness and making recovery more difficult.
Every night, get enough good quality sleep
Seven to eight hours is ideal, but quality is also important.
Sleep is directly related to good health, losing weight, feeling less depressed, and eating a healthier diet. The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity.
Maintain good hygiene
Hand washing, keeping your environment clean, and properly preparing and cooking raw foods. It's really simple, but if a member of your family starts to get a cold, they must sneeze into a tissue or hanky.
Hand washing is important, especially after sneezing and before meals. Wipe down any surfaces, computers, or tablets to prevent germs from spreading among family members.
Take steps to alleviate daily stress and worry
If you can't eliminate the source of your stress, look for ways to relax, unwind, and put things into perspective.
Chronic stress is the type of ongoing daily stress that can cause illness.
We all lead busy lives but putting too much strain on your body will have a negative impact on your immune system. Why not get a massage while your children are at school? It will not only help you relax, but it may also improve your blood circulation.
Take care of your health
Attend regular check-ups with your doctor and don't put off routine appointments. Take care of your body, and it will reward you by keeping you fit and healthy for many years!