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Top 5 Ways to Boost your Immune System
Charle / Published on September 10, 2014
With those chilly Autumn nights swiftly creeping up on us and the usual outbreaks of seasonal bugs to contend with, it is inevitable that we must come to terms with the fact that at some point over the coming months we will endure a period of sniffles, coughing, aches and pains. Infections are inevitable but one sure fire way of preventing the relentless invasion of germs is to ensure your immune system is in tip top working order. So let’s take a look at our “Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System”.
1) Get enough Sleep
Sufficient sleep is vital in order to maintain a healthy and effective immune system. It is believed that sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in levels of the hormone cortisol which sets out to weaken and suppress immune function. Realistically speaking, we should be aiming for at least six hours of undisturbed sleep each night so dim the lights, hop into bed and rest that weary head.
Stress to an extent is somewhat unavoidable however, chronic and continuous stress exposes the body to a surge of stress hormones causing the immune system to deteriorate. So what can we do to reduce heightened stress levels? Yoga, meditating or quite simply taking a well-deserved bubble bath where no-one can interrupt you can all lead to you successfully ‘letting go’ of all that pent up stress.
3) Move your Body
Regular exercise encourages and stimulates the lymphatic system which by removing toxins effectively acts as the body’s sewer system. You don’t have to sign up to expensive gym memberships but after a day of being stuck sitting at a desk, a brisk walk or even a half an hour dance class can be just what the doctor ordered - let’s get those hearts racing.
4) Eat Right
Consuming too much sugar suppresses the immune system cells responsible for attacking bacteria whereas vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene and zinc are proven to increase productivity within the immune system. So what should we be eating? Opting for berries, kale, spinach, natural fruit juices and water will help to flush yourcells, increase vitamin intake and keep you hydrated. Best dust off that smoothie maker!
5) Don’t Binge drink
It has been suggested that alcohol abuse can lead to immunodeficiency, making you more susceptible to bacterial infections and diseases. But do not fear, the moderate intake of alcohol has in fact been linked to have some beneficial impact on the immune system specifically those rich in polyphenol such as wine and beer. So for the time being, that well deserved drink at the end of the day remains intact.
So there we have it, 5 relatively easy ways to optimise your health and reduce your chances of contracting illness, ensuring you don’t have any unnecessary time off work, leading to more stress!