Immune System Boosting Tips

Apr 2013

Regular, light exercise

Just 30 minutes of light exercise a day, such as jogging, can protect your body from illnesses. Moderate exercise has been proven to stimulate macrophages in our bodies, cells which attack bad bacteria. However, overdoing it can be strenuous for the immune system, leaving you run down and more susceptible to bugs. Exercise also encourages your body to release endorphins – hormones which make you feel happy and warm; which is important considering the next factor…

Manage and/or avoid stress

Stress can have a huge impact on your immune system with studies suggesting being unhappy can make you up to three times more susceptible to colds. It’s important to set aside time each day where you are able to focus on enjoying yourself, be that socialising with friends, meditating or rediscovering an old hobby. Other research has implied laughing can even boost your immune system! So take a night off every once in a while, it’s good for you – honest.

A good diet

Eating the right stuff – a varied diet filled with fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains and meats will ensure your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals necessary to support a healthy immune system. Avoid excess sugar which causes insulin spikes and can suppress the body from releasing antibodies.

Keep hydrated

Dehydration has been noted to be an aggravator of many immunity related illnesses. Water is vital for transporting oxygen around the body, nutrient absorption, regulating temperature and removing toxins from the body. Cut out excess caffeine and alcohol from your diet as both can have a diuretic effect on the system. However in small amounts, some alcoholic drinks such as red wine can boost the immune system.

Sleep well

Poor sleep has been linked to numerous illnesses and can dampen the immune system. Make sure you’re getting a minimum of 6 hours a night to ensure your body has adequate time in the night in which to rest and heal. If you have trouble switching off at night, avoid bringing anything work related into the bedroom be it replying to emails or paying bills. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for sleep (and sex) only.