How to Boost Your Immune System
Our Body’s Immune System
Our immune system is the one responsible for fighting against diseases. If we are sick all the time, we cannot function well at work, at school or even at home. Our loved ones are constantly depending on us for support; this is why by all means we cannot afford to get sick.
Vaccines, pills and syrups cannot boost your immune system; the function of your immune system only depends on its makeup and on its metabolism. Of course it is also dependent on the foods that we take in. If you are sick now and then, here are some things that you should do to boost your immune system.
Do some meditation
Meditation takes away stress which can be a reason why you are always sick all the time. If you are always working and if you have no time for yourself, you also do not give time for your immune system to grow and repair itself. Meditation is said to reduce the effects of stress which in turn weakens us.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise that allows you to control your breathing and control your movements while meditating. In one study, it was shown that qigong can help fight against colds and flu.
Probiotics are foods or supplements with live microorganisms that are good for your health. In our gut there are millions of microorganisms called normal microbial flora. If normal microbial flora of the gut is maintained, we could develop resistance to infections, especially those attacking the gastrointestinal tract or the respiratory system. Some studies say that people who are constantly taking probiotics are not affected by colds as normal people are.
Garlic contains a substance called allicin which can help fight viruses. In one study, volunteers who took allicin everyday had fewer cold infections as compared to those who did not. Some experts even recommend to take two raw garlics each day to protect against colds.
Vaccination, though it cannot assure that you will be infection-free hundred percent, can protect you somehow against colds and flu. Ask your doctor about the right type of vaccines for you.
Be More Physically Active
It is said that people who exercise do not get sick as often as those who have a sedentary lifestyle. You should be exercising for 60 minutes a day so that blood flow in the body is maximized and your metabolic rate is boosted.
Practice Good Hygiene
Washing hands before eating and frequently, especially after touching things in public places, is also one way of reducing infections. Make sure that you dry your hands thoroughly because germs can still be present in wet hands. Also, make sure that you dry your hands in clean towels.
Get Enough Sleep
During sleep, your immune sleep recharges itself. In some studies, it was found out that people who lack sleep at night are more prone to diseases and to road accidents.
Eat the Right Foods
There are certain foods that can help fight against diseases. Astragalus is one example; this root can help fight against illnesses by activating T cells in the blood to fight against viruses and bacteria. You can eat this daily or add to soups. Herbs and spices can also help fight against illnesses; examples of these spices and herbs are oregano, mustard, thyme and turmeric. Also, avoid taking in too much sweets; not only do they destroy your teeth, they also give rise to elevated blood sugar levels which can weaken your immune resistance. Also, do not forget to consume enough water because enough water in the body can cleanse your cells against toxins and infectious agents that can harm your health.
These are only some of the ways by which you can boost your immune system. For other tips, feel free to browse our other articles on this site.