We are in the middle of cold and flu season. While there isn’t a miracle cure that can fully protect you from illness, there are some steps you can do every day to protect yourself from getting sick and boost your immune system naturally.
It is a cliché, but true nonetheless, that choosing a healthy lifestyle is the best thing you can do for a strong and healthy immune system. Your body functions much better when protected from environmental assaults and supported by healthy-living strategies.
Eat a healthy diet
Scientists have long discovered that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Whether the increased rate of disease is caused by malnutrition’s effect on the immune system, however, is not certain. But there is one thing for sure – a diet that is low in processed foods and sugar and high in fruits and vegetables is related to a healthier immune system.
Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, protects against a variety of diseases, and contributes to general good health. Research shows that people who exercise in moderation catch fewer colds.
Get enough sleep
Based on scientific research, evidence was found that well-rested people are less likely to catch an illness. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep a night and if you’re falling short, try taking a 20-minute power nap during the day.
Take steps to avoid infections
The antibacterial craze has created too harsh products full of toxins that increase the risk of creating resistant bacteria. Many people use antibacterial hand washes and hand sanitizers, which contain triclosan, which studies have shown can cause hormone disruption. Keep in mind, that an old fashion rule of washing your hands with soap and water is more effective, in addition it won’t over-dry your skin. You can also use a few drops of lavender essential oil as a natural hand sanitizer.
Try to avoid chronic stress
Stress occurs when life events surpass your abilities to cope. It causes your body to produce greater levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Over time, your body can get used to having too much cortisol in your blood, which leads to more inflammation and illness. In addition, stress decreases lymphocytes – the white blood cells that help fight off infections, including the common cold and flu. It is extremely important to find a stress reduction strategy to relieve the pressure on your immune system. Try meditation or yoga, both can work wonders.