Your body’s immune system helps it to fight illnesses that otherwise would make you very unwell indeed. If you think of your immune system as your first defense against bacteria and viruses, you’ll see why it’s important to keep it working in the way it should and why, when you are able to, you should boost it to ensure that it continues to keep you safe and healthy.
It can be hard to do this when we are all so busy, but it is a vital element in our general healthcare, so it’s a good idea to learn more about how the immune system works and what you can do to keep yours doing the job it is meant to be doing. Read on for some ideas on how to do this that anyone can include in their day-to-day lives.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping enough is a very important part of staying healthy, and it is something that will keep your immune system in top condition too. If you’ve ever been unwell, you’ll remember that you took to your bed and slept a lot of the time – this was your body trying to fight off the infection and repair itself. Sleep is when this is able to happen, and your body’s organs will spend this time when your brain is less active, and you are expending less energy to make any adjustments and fixes that they need to.
Generally, an adult will need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night, although this can certainly vary. When you sleep enough, you can be a lot healthier overall, plus you’ll be a lot more productive during the day. For the best sleep, make sure your room is at the right temperature, you don’t use any screens that emit blue light, and if you wear them, make sure to remove your One day lenses.
Eat A Balanced Diet
The food you eat has a direct effect on how your immune system works, and if you want it to work well and be boosted, you should eat a balanced, healthy diet. Although treats such as cakes and candies are fine in moderation and on occasion, most of the time, it’s far better to eat a good mix of different food types, and especially fruit and vegetables.
For the best results, scientists have found that eating five portions of fruit and vegetables every day is ideal, allowing your body and your immune system to help you fight off disease and to keep you fit in other ways too.
You may not realize it, but the more stress you have in your life, the less able your immune system will be able to fight off disease. This is because it will be focusing on the problems that your stress is giving you, and therefore any other kinds of illness can have a bigger impact; you can think of it as these other conditions are sneaking in through the back door while your immune system is looking the other way.
The less stress you have in your life, the more able your immune system will be able to notice what else is happening. Reducing stress isn’t always easy, and if you are truly suffering badly, then a visit to a doctor is your best option. However, making small changes in your life such as getting outside in nature more, making time to unwind after work (even if it’s just for 10 minutes), and enjoying time with friends and family will help you.