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5 Ways To Maintain a Healthy Immune System

Immunity can be defined in many ways, but primarily the immunity of an individual is his ability to fight an infection or disease. Any species of viruses or bacteria can infect a human body, impacting its strength, overall health, and well-being. The body, therefore, needs a proficient defense mechanism to fight harmful pathogens and maintain its vitality. Our natural system that defends a human body from them is the immune system.

While the idea of boosting your immunity superpowers is convincing, it is easier said than done.

However, following healthy lifestyle changes and not relying on supplements can help you ensure the optimal functioning of the immune system. Let us discuss a few verified ways which can improve your immunity.

Boost your immunity in 5 simple ways

1. Eat a balanced diet

One of the best things you can do to maintain an efficient immune system is to eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, fermented foods, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats in your daily diet. Also, limit added sugars, alcohol, and caffeine in your routine consumption, as they can dis­rupt the bal­ance of good and bad bac­te­ria in your gut. Additionally, take probiotic supplements.

2.Manage your stress

Stress and anxiety can take a toll on your health. Prolonged stress can lead to an imbalance in immune cell functions as a consistent rise in the stress hormone – cortisol – impedes the functioning of the immune system. What you should do to relieve stress varies depending on what works best for you, whether meditation, journaling, other mindfulness exercises, or performing any activity you enjoy.

Even five minutes a day of sitting quietly and focusing on your breath is a proven way to calm your mind and alleviate anxiety.

3. Get adequate sleep

Another natural way to maintain a healthy immune system is to get enough sleep – at least seven hours of sleep every night is ideal. Essentially sleep may not seem like an effective process, but a lot happens in the body during this inactive state. For instance, our body produces protective infection-fighters when we are sleeping. Therefore, if you struggle with insomnia, then it is time to explore a solution.

4. Exercise regularly

Increase your body’s ability to fight off viruses and other pathogens with regular exercise. Physical activity improves the overall circulation in your body, which allows the infection-fighting immunity cells and molecules to navigate throughout the body. Even walking for 30 minutes a day or doing light exercises can help improve your immune system.

5. Stay hydrated

Water maintains a consistent and quick flow of lymph, the fluid responsible for carrying infection-fighting cells throughout your body. Therefore, drinking plenty of water is vital to fight off infections and keep the immune system strong.

Everyone has a unique body and different immune system needs. Follow these tips to stay healthy but take the advice of your doctor or health care provider for a personalized remedy.

Consult our certified professionals to get better insights into the health of your immunity system. Call us on to book an appointment.

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