12 Ways To Boost The Immune System

12 Ways To Boost The Immune System

With the world just about recovering from a Global Pandemic, staying healthy has never been as important as it is now. So with that in mind, we wanted to write an article on the best 12 ways to boost the immune system. Everyone wants to be healthy. And yet, health is something that most of us, or at least those of us who have never had to deal with illness, take for granted. However, our health isn’t a given and this is a hard truth I have had to face recently.  In the past few months, I have researched relentlessly how to boost the immune system and in the process, I have learned that it is imperative that I change my diet. I also learned the harmful effects of stress on the immune response. However, the biggest shock was to find out that sleep is my human healing super-power. The Immune System The best way to ensure we stay healthy is to find ways to boost our immune system.  The immune system is a complex network of white blood cells, tissues, organs, proteins and chemicals. This system works tirelessly to protect your body from harmful substances, germs and cell changes that could potentially make you ill.  Its three major functions are as follows: Below you will find a list of my findings. For the last four months, I have tried really hard to incorporate all of them into my daily life. So let’s get to it. 1. Eat A Balanced Diet  Have you ever heard the phrase, you are what you eat? Well, it’s true. Introducing a well-balanced diet will provide you with the energy you need to keep active throughout the day. It will provide you with the nutrients you need for growth and repair and aid you in staying strong and healthy, helping you prevent diet-related illness, and some cancers. When we eat whole plant foods like fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts, we supply our bodies with nutrients and antioxidants. The chances of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease can be greatly reduced by consuming these antioxidants.  Super Foods To Boost The Immune System 2. Green Tea Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and is considered to be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Some of its many health benefits include: 3.   Stay Hydrated – Drink Plenty Of Water One of the best gifts you can grant your body is drinking enough water during the day. So many of us underestimate the importance of staying hydrated.  The human adult body is 60 per cent water, and our blood is 90 per cent water. Some of the health benefits of drinking water are as follows: Did you know that drinking water first thing in the morning will help you flush out the stomach and balance the lymphatic system? To build a strong immune system, a stable lymphatic system is required, so drinking water as soon as you open your eyes is a no-brainer.  4.  Move Your Body – Sweat It Out The more you move, the more you sweat. The more you sweat the easier it is to flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. Exercising will also get the immune cells moving throughout the body during activity. The increased blood flow raises the oxygen levels in your body helping you lower the risk of diseases.  Lately, my chosen form of activity is going on long walks. Not only do those hills get my blood pumping but they also provide me with a good dose of serotonin. 5.  Sleep, It’s Your Superpower I have gone through life saying ‘I will sleep when I’m dead’. Shame on me.  Just as eating well, staying hydrated and exercising are important, getting a good dose of high-quality sleep is imperative for overall health. Most adults should try to get from seven to nine hours of sleep each night. There are many benefits that come with good quality sleep. Some of them are as follows: 6.   Keep Stress Levels Down Stress is a major culprit in today’s health decline. Living in a state of ‘fight or flight’ is considered the norm by today’s standards. Busy life, constant worries, financial burdens, the list goes on and on.  When we experience chronic stress, our cortisol levels (cortisol is a stress hormone) increase, impacting our health negatively. Some of the symptoms of high cortisol levels are: Exercise, a healthy diet, breathing exercises, and reducing caffeine are some of the ways to reduce stress. However, I have found that the best method for me is meditation.  When I started meditating last year, I found it so hard to ground myself. Almost impossible I would say, but I persevered.  Some days I experience incredible meditations. My mind is calm, my body is relaxed and I find myself surrendering to the moment. Other days are not so good. These are the days when my mind is turbulent. Thoughts come and go so rapidly and I’m not able to hold on to them. When this happens I make it a point of meditating twice, sometimes three times during the day.  When I started my meditation journey, I used to listen to guided meditations on YouTube. I’ve linked my favourite below.  Lately, I find myself putting the timer on for 20 minutes and sitting upright in silence, breathing in through my nose and breathing out through my mouth. I try to clear my mind, ground myself and connect to my inner self.  I meditate every morning without fail. It’s a non-negotiable habit in my daily routine. But let me tell you about some of  the benefits of meditating: Check out The Mindful Movement’s channel on YouTube for great guided meditations. 7. Fasting At the beginning of the month, whilst listening to a podcast, I came across Dr Mindy Pelz. Dr Mindy is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and nutrition and functional health expert AND she introduced me to fasting. When I tell friends and family that

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