No one likes to be sick or to be challenged health-wise by some infection or the other. To avoid this, it is important that you keep your immune system in infection-fighting shape. The immune system helps to defend the body against foreign invaders that may be harmful to the cells in the body, and if it is weak, it won’t function as it should, thereby leading to certain infections. There are many different ways to boost the immune system in order to keep it up and running, below are some of them:
1. Expose your skin to the sun
The sun is a great source of vitamin D, and studies have shown it to be one secret to avoiding colds and the flu. Vitamin D strengthens the immune system to fight invading viruses and bacteria better. It is usually produced when the body is exposed to the sun, and this is one of the reasons why people get the flu mostly during winter: because we don’t have adequate levels of sunshine to produce enough of the vitamin D needed in the body.
2. Get enough sleep
When you deprive yourself of sleep, you are endangering your immune system, which can practically affect many functions in your body. Studies show that getting adequate sleep on a continuous basis helps to maintain vital functions, and maintain overall health. It is recommended that you sleep for about 6 to 8 hours daily for a healthy living.
3. Eat nutrient packed meals
Your diet plays a great role in your health, and you can’t miss out on feeding nutritiously to boost your immune system. Eat more of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Above all, focus on foods rich in fiber and protein.
4. Exercise regularly
The word “exercise” alone scares some people off, but the interesting thing is that you don’t have to do any really strenuous exercises to boost your immune system. All you need is a moderate amount of exercise for your immune system to remain healthy. Studies have shown that people who live a sedentary lifestyle are at a greater risk of infections compared to those who are physically active, so take on simple exercises such as brisk walks, jogging, running, dancing, and have fun with getting physically active.
5. Eat citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in a lot of vital vitamins, particularly Vitamin C which is essential for boosting the immune system. A lot of people opt to take their vitamins in the form of pills and tablet but these have not been proven to have any effect, especially where one is already on a balanced diet. Simply have an apple or an orange a day or a slice of pineapple or any other similar citrus fruit.
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