Ways to boost your immune system

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Germs, viruses, bacteria and other disease- causing microbes abound everywhere and to stay healthy, you need a strong immune system to act as defence against infections. Taking some of these steps below will help boost your immunity, making it stronger to fight off any virus and prevent diseases.

Avoid Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol, prolonged elevation of which suppresses immune function.When you are feeling overwhelmed by your endless chores and workloads, it can be tempting to skimp on sleep to get everything done. But not getting enough sleep can have serious consequences on your health as there is a connection between lack of sleep and low immunity which can result in ill-health. A healthy adult needs at least six hours of sleep each night.

Eat a nutrient-packed diet
The most important way to keep your immune system functioning normally is diet and exercise. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds and lean protein which will provide your body with the nutrients, especially vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants your immune system needs to function properly.

Exercise regularly
Working out does more than keep your waist trim. Exercising regularly and eating healthy are the most significant factors for your immune system. Indeed, research shows that people who live more sedentary lifestyles are far more likely to get colds or other infectious diseases than more active people.

Avoid tobacco smoke
It undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in everyone, and middle ear infections in kids. Also drink less alcohol. Excessive consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections.

Personal hygiene
Maintain good personal hygiene habits as this can contribute in no small way in preventing certain illnesses like the common cold and flu. Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet.Use a hand sanitiser for maximum protection, for those who use public toilets.

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