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Your immune system is your best defense against illness and disease. People rarely think about it, though. They only give it a thought when they catch minor illness, such as a cold. Once that’s gone, they go back to not paying much attention. People usually think the immune system stops needing attention once you’re past childhood. Once you’ve grown up, your immune system is just at a fixed level and can only ever drop from that.
But the fact is that your immune system is something you need to look after. The way you live your life can either strengthen it or do permanent damage to it. Preferably, you’ll be putting focus into the former option!
Here are the things you can do to give your immune system a boost.
Smoking damages pretty much every part of your biological defence systems. It destroys the tiny parts of your nostrils and lungs that help fight pathological bacteria. That means you put yourself at more risk of colds, pneumonia and other respiratory infections. It’s even been linked to ear infections. There are, of course, a million other reasons that you should stop smoking. I’m sure I don’t need to remind you though, right?
Get some sun
Sunlight doesn’t actually contain vitamin D. What actually happens is that those rays trigger your skin’s production of the stuff! There are, of course, other ways to get vitamin D. But when the sun is out, you should consider going out for a brisk walk in order to get some exercise, too. Staying inside all day when the weather is nice is pretty hazardous to your health in other ways, anyway!
Don’t rely on vitamin and mineral supplements
Vitamin and mineral supplements seem like a blessing for many people. The problem is that people use them instead of getting those vitamins and minerals from natural, nutritious sources. These supplements are best used by people who find it very hard to get those things otherwise. If you don’t suffer from any kind of natural deficit of this kind, then you should be getting your vitamins and minerals from healthy foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds - eat more of them!
Drink green tea
Every new article about the benefits of green tea works to convince me that it’s some kind of magical beverage. Of course, some people do go overboard with it. It’s not a magical cure for cancer, nor is it going to prevent you from ever getting ill. But a cup of refreshing & aromatic green tea will help build antibacterial defences in your body. Consider replacing one or two of your daily cups of coffee with a green tea!
People don’t usually think of sleep deprivation as having any effects other than making you tired. But sleep is pretty much the best thing for your body there is. Yes, I know that when you’re sleeping you can’t do anything else. I too have resentment for the fact that a good sleep takes so much time. But your body is hard at work when you’re asleep. It recovers from the day’s stresses and keeps your immune system strong.