Let’s talk about how we can spread and share the holiday spirit without potentially spreading and sharing the cold, flu, and other viruses to our friends and family. As they old saying goes, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
A strong immune system begins by simply adopting a healthier lifestyle. Your immune system functions better and operates at a higher level when it’s protected from environmental attacks and strengthened by healthy-living tactics. One of the best ways to fight back against any virus is by building and supporting a strong immune system. Read on for tips to keep yourself in tip-top shape.
HAVE SWEET DREAMS
When you aren’t sleeping well, your immune system could be weakening. In fact, when you sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines. There are specific cytokines that need to increase when you have an infection and the lack of quality sleep may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies are diminished during periods when you don’t get enough sleep, leaving your body weak and defenseless. Increase sleep – increase your immune system.
MOVE & SHAKE
You don’t have to be a professional bodybuilder or fitness fanatic to keep yourself in shape. Walking, yoga, weight training, and cardiovascular exercises are all great ways to build the immune system, especially during cold months when you may be less active. Place an emphasis on living an active lifestyle, increasing energy, decreasing stress, and ultimately building a strong immune system.
HEY, SUGAR - IT'S TIME WE TOOK A BREAK
She may be sweet but tell her goodbye. Some studies have shown sugar intake compromises your immune system. When your immune system is compromised, you are more likely to get sick. If you eat too many foods and drink too many beverages that are high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, you may be reducing your body’s ability to ward off disease.
Stress is a predator on your health. Frequent stress can greatly reduce the body’s ability to fight off germs. Even minor daily stressors can weaken the immune system. Stress is a part of everyday life, but with certain adjustments, you can reduce stress and support yourself in the fight against illness. Get steady sleep, have an organized schedule, set boundaries with family, friends, and co-workers, argue less, and love more.
DRINK MORE WATER
Wake up and drink water. Drink coffee if you must then drink more water. Water is a key component of lymphatic fluid. Lymphatic fluid, which travels through a separate system of vessels, contains specialized white blood cells, called lymphocytes, that help the body fight infection. Lymphatic fluid will help remove waste, toxins, and other impurities from your body.
DROP IT LIKE A BAD HABIT
Smoking and drinking excessively are bad habits. If you smoke, stop immediately. If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Abusing alcohol can suppress your immune system, making you more vulnerable to infections, bacteria, and viruses. The immune system is complex and made of many cells and proteins that recognize infections and attack them. Often, the immune system takes time to recognize and respond to an infection when it’s soaked in alcohol.
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