Better safe than sorry. How many times have you heard these words before? And there is nothing safer for your health than a strong immune system.
More often than not we forget the importance of our immune system and deny its rightful position as the number one protector of our health. Due to a heavy load of advertisements claiming that this and that product can help restore your immune system to perfection, there has been a misconception that immunity is something that can be easily obtained. And that cannot be further from the truth.
Maintaining a strong immune system is a very demanding and difficult task that required a lot of commitment. However, the good news is that it is not something impossible to achieve. So here are a couple of tips on how you can boost your immune system over time.
Forget About Stress…
Every one of us deals with a different kind of stress on a daily basis. But, after experiencing stress for a longer period of time, our body can begin initiating something that is called a “stress response”. Basically, this is our body reacting to a long period of our poor mental state. One of the main features of the stress response is the suppression of our immune system, which can lead to different illnesses and a higher chance of infection.
The best way to help your immune system is to recognize what causes the stress to pile up. The cause of stress is very individual since each person has different priorities and unique problems. After identifying the source, it would be best to find an activity that would help you reduce the feeling of stress and anxiety when it appears. These activities can be but are not limited to, meditation, yoga, swimming, walking, etc.
…But Don’t Forget To Drink Your Water
The most important fluid in our circulatory system, or the lymph, is in great part made of water.
Lymph carries immune cells that help in a great deal with fighting infections. By drinking more water we help lymph move faster and help these immune cells reach our entire body. But without enough water, lymph slows down which can cause an impaired immune system.
One of the main misconceptions is that we need more water only when we work out or after a hard physical activity. We need water all the time, and it is one of the most important factors in staying healthy.
Your Diet Is The Key
When thinking about your diet, make sure to remember that a healthy diet is good only in the long run. The best way to understand if you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is to have a diary of the food you eat. After only one week you can have a clear insight into your diet. By implementing more veggies, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein into your everyday diet, your immune system will start improving and showing results in no time.