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Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Your immune system is crucial for protecting you from harmful substances and aiding in your recovery from illness. By living healthily, you can bolster your body's defence system, resulting in fewer colds and a lower risk of serious health issues. Give these natural techniques a try to enhance your immune system and improve your overall well-being.

Foods and Eating Habits That Strengthen Your Immune System

  1. Make sure to have a good mix of fruits and veggies on your plate. Superfoods are all about antioxidants, which can protect and fix cell damage. Eating a range of colourful fruits and vegetables is the top way to get the essential nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E that you need.

  2. Getting enough Zinc and Selenium. Zinc and selenium are two crucial antioxidants. You can get zinc from seafood, beans, red meat, poultry, whole grains, nuts, and dairy products. Meanwhile, selenium can be found in foods such as beef, poultry, tuna, and whole grains.

  3. Be mindful of your calorie intake. Research indicates that carrying excess weight can weaken your immune system. Too many fat cells are associated with ongoing inflammation and lower antibody production. Keeping a healthy body weight can protect against diabetes, heart disease, and other health risks.

  4. Reduce the intake of sugars and fats. Consuming high amounts of sugar and saturated fats can weaken the effectiveness of your white blood cells in protecting against bacteria. Opt for moderate servings of healthy fats such as olive oil and decrease consumption of soft drinks.

Other Constructive Lifestyle Changes

  1. Manage stress. Long-term stress exposes your body to hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which disrupt your immune system. Discover relaxation methods that suit you, such as meditation or massage.

  2. Get enough sleep and rest. For optimal immune function, most adults should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Try to stick to a consistent bedtime and wake-up time whenever you can.

  3. Enjoying healthy activities can boost your mood and strengthen your immune system by releasing feel-good chemicals during exercise and other enjoyable pursuits.

  4. Cultivate friendships and nurture your relationships. Having strong social ties is crucial for our well-being. It's not about having many friends, but about cherishing the ones who make you feel valued.

  5. Regular exercise and physical activity are beneficial. Those who engage in regular exercise generate more leukocyte cells, which helps improve their immune system and lowers their risk of getting sick. Even just a moderate amount of exercise, like taking a half-hour walk at least three times a week, can make a difference.

  6. Reduce alcohol intake to avoid weakening your immune system and becoming more susceptible to illnesses. Stick to a maximum of one to two drinks per day to stay safe.

Think about herbal remedies. While medical professionals advise that more research is necessary, herbs have been used for generations to support well-being. Consult with a knowledgeable practitioner, thoroughly review references, and inform your doctor about any products you choose to use.

By adopting healthy eating habits and effectively managing stress, you have the potential to decrease the frequency of sick days and potentially minimise your susceptibility to other health problems.

Healthwest products such as Ionic Silver and Fulvic Acid can also contribute to bolstering your immune system and promoting overall wellness.


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