6 ways to improve your immune system
If winter has left you full of sniffles and sneezing, then now is the time to kick-start your immune system ready for spring. From having a nap to eating more greens, these quick fixes can keep your body’s natural immunity strong against disease and infections.
Try these six tips to get you started:
1.Berries and greens
Foods like blueberries, cranberries, kale, spinach and broccoli are high in antioxidants, which all play a big role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Public Health England’s “Eatwell Guide”
advises that a balanced diet should include at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which is vital in maintaining a healthy immune system.
2.Take in the sun
The sun is a great source of vitamin D, a vitamin that plays a big role in your immune system. Studies show that without a healthy dose of this vitamin, the body is much more vulnerable to auto-immunity and infections.
3.Get those hours in bed
Sleep is essential for your health, and adults should aim for around 8 hours sleep per night. Too little sleep depresses the immune system, making it easier for you to get ill and susceptible to infections.
4.Add more garlic
Garlic contains an ingredient called allicin which helps fight infection and bacteria, and is good for scaring off colds or other viruses that might be going around. If you don’t like the taste, go for capsules instead, which have the same effect in boosting your immune system.
5.Laughter is the best medicine
Stress is a major factor in reducing your immune response and one way to de-stress is through laughter. Having a good giggle gets your heart racing to nearly the same levels as when you exercise, so spend the day around funny people as those smiles are contagious!
6.Drink plenty of water
And finally, keep your body healthy by drinking enough water. Water is needed to hydrate your body and flush out the bad toxins; adults should aim to drink eat least eight glasses a day.
Our immune system guards against infection 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can be overworked at times. If these six tips don’t quite do the job, remember that we’re here to help even if it’s just for a few days while you’re getting better. At Guinness Care, we will place you at the centre of your service, enabling you to live your life the way you choose. Find out more about our services here