Written by Salina Jivani
Creating a healthy immune system starts from the inside. By following a few simple practices, you can help yourself remain in good health and (in turn) in good spirits year round.
Nutrition is key to having a well-functioning body and immune system. Pile up on fruits, veggies and also yogurt, which contains probiotics that help stave off illnesses.
If you have any dietary restrictions for religious or personal purposes (ex: limiting meat or certain foods), be sure to supplement your diet with a multivitamin that’s appropriate for your age and gender. One-a-Day and Centrum brands are great because they have multivitamins designed specifically for this purpose.
Limit the booze
Yes, we all know an occasional red wine is healthy, key word being occasional. While alcohol is expected, sometimes even unavoidable at parties and gatherings, be responsible and don’t overindulge. Doing so over time will certainly affect various organs in your body, mainly your liver, and cost you your good health.
Make sure you get your vaccinations on time. Doing this will prevent you from unnecessary hospitalizations and protect you from a whole slew of diseases that are otherwise quite unnecessary to contract—because a simple vaccination can prevent them in the first place!
Remember that old high school indulgence that quickly turned into a horrid lifetime habit? Kick it! Smoking can not only damage your health, but over time, it can weaken your lungs and immune system. Studies show that puffing often can also make you more susceptible to repeated bouts of serious illnesses such as pneumonia and bronchitis. So if you don’t want to spend your life being bed ridden with illnesses thanks to that cig, chuck this habit to boost your longevity and health.
Get some Zs
Yes, we know it’s impossible sometimes to get a good night’s rest. Especially if you’re running a start-up or have a house full of wee ones around. But sleep is detrimental to a well-functioning immune system and it’s something we all need enough of. So try, try, try to get the recommended amount of shut eye, which for adults is 7-9 hours.
Surprised that these tips sound an awful lot like the ones you always hear for everything from looking younger to having a hot bod? You shouldn’t be. Because at the core of having a healthier you is creating a healthier you, and the steps to that building that foundation remain unchanged. So adopt them and you’ll automatically help yourself (and your body) get a clean bill of health…and maybe a hot bod to spare 😉