Boost Your Immune System

During the freezing cold winter months (and for the rest of the year too!) it’s important to take good care of your immune system.

Whether you’re fighting flu symptoms or just trying to stay fit and healthy in general - these simple tips for boosting your immune system could prove invaluable:

  • Get plenty of sleep – It’s always important to get enough sleep but did you also realise that sleep deprivation can suppress immune function?
  • Take some vitamin C - Vitamin c is one of the biggest immune boosters of all, you can either take this in the form of fruit and vegetables or top-up with supplements.
  • Exercise regularly – Exercising consistently improves your overall fitness which can help boost your immune system.
  • Enjoy a healthy diet – Ensuring that your diet is made up of healthy, antioxidant-rich foods such as fruit and vegetables, lean protein and wholegrains helps maintain a good immune system.
  • Catch some rays – Exposure to sunlight is great for your overall mood and it improves your sleep, but vitamin D is also vital in signalling the immune system. If it’s winter or you’re restricted in how often you can get outside then there are effective, natural supplements that you can take to keep your vitamin d levels topped up.
  • Avoid stress – Steering clear of aggravation and stress doesn’t just make for a calmer existence in general. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system and make you more susceptible to infection.
  • Limit your alcohol intake - Overindulging when drinking alcoholic beverages alters the cells and molecules in your body and limits your ability to ward off infections.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Scientists have found that excess fat around your abs can turn the body’s defense system against you. A healthy diet plan, moderate exercise or even meal replacement shakes can help you kick start your weight loss.

There are many other easy ways to boost your immune system that are always worth exploring.

For example, did you know that having a good laugh can make you healthier? Laughing curbs levels of stress hormones in your body and boosts a type of white blood cell that fights infection so as it turns out, laughter really is the best medicine after all!

Having a good social network is always a positive thing but this can also affect your general health. Being connected to some friends can improve your overall immunity so forming meaningful relationships with people is always worthwhile.

Knowing how to boost your immune system will keep you happy and active this winter so take good care of yourself and don’t let any nasty colds disrupt your day to day life.