For Immunity's Sake, Do These Things

Strengthen your immune system to fight disease-causing germs

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 10, 2020 12:27:39 IST
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Your immune system is your firewall against disease-causing germs. Strengthening that wall, we can make sure we stay strong and healthy. Here is a list of things you should do to make your immune system function better.

Eat Healthy

A healthy immune system demands good, regular nourishment, in the form of a well-balanced diet. Deficiency of nutrients, such as minerals, vitamins and essential amino and fatty acids, can prevent your immune system from working to its full potential.

Make sure your diet is diverse and includes adequate amounts from each food group—have lots of fruits, vegetables, enough good carbs, good fats and protein. Up your vitamin intake with bell peppers, spinach, almonds and eggs. Include yogurt, a great source of probiotics, in your diet—this will take care of your gut health and boost immunity.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise can do wonders to your body, from improving cardiovascular health to lowering blood pressure and protecting you from several diseases.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adults between 18 and 64 years of age should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, like walking and cycling, throughout the week. Including yoga, at least twice a week, with breathing and pranayama will ensure balance and flexibility.

Get Good Sleep

We’ve all been told how our body needs a good night’s sleep. Research shows that while sleep improves the body’s ability to fight off infection, chronic stress, poor sleep or inadequate sleep, on the other hand, can make your body more prone to illness.

So, get a good mattress and some good sleep. If you find it difficult to fall asleep, avoid screen time before bedtime, and read a book instead; have a bath before going to bed, dim the lights a little ahead, switch on some soothing music and chances are that you will find it easier to fall asleep.

Focus on Hygiene

Maintaining personal and home hygiene can check the spread of infections.

Wash your hands properly with soap and water or use a sanitizer, take a bath daily, keep your home clean and disinfected, and your kitchen spotless. This will restrict the growth of bacteria and germs in your home. Make sure your home is well-lit and ventilated.

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