Your immune system is like your very own personal shield that guards you from any kinds of infection, diseases, or any other health issues.
That’s why taking care of it is definitely important because if you don’t, it will deteriorate as time goes by.
Without your immune system, you’re probably dead by now.
There have been great advancements in Immune system supplementation using NAD+ with the Likes of Dr. David Sinclair from Harvard promoting its prominence in immune system health, as seen here in this study.
Keep your immune system healthy by following these six essential tips down below.
- One of the simplest things you can do is eat right. If ever you feel hungry, grab something to fuel your body. However, we must also be mindful of the foods we eat. There are two types of foods: Healthy and unhealthy.
- You must also avoid eating too much or else you’ll gain too much weight that can badly affect your immune system. A study shows that obesity can prevent the immune system to function well and may increase its vulnerability to infection and other kinds of diseases.
- To help you pick the right foods to eat. Here’s a list of nutrients that’s essential for your body:
- Vitamin C (citrus, broccoli)
- Vitamin E (nuts, whole grains)
- Zinc-rich foods (turkey, crab, beans, beef)
- Bioflavanoids (fruits and veggies)
- Selenium-rich foods (chicken, tuna, eggs, whole grains, sunflower seeds, brown rice)
- Carotenoid-rich foods (carrot, yams)
- Omega-3 fatty acids (nuts, salmon, tuna, flaxseed oil, mackerel)
- Food supplements are complete with all the listed nutrients above. However, the best way to consume these nutrients is by eating them in food form compared to drinking capsules.
- Exercising regularly can result to fewer sick days. This is because exercising can help your immune system to function properly too just like eating. You don’t have to do strenuous exercise to maintain your immune system though. Moderate exercise at your home will do the trick. A study conducted by the “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise” shows that heavy exercise can result to upper respiratory infections which is common for some athletes. Always remember to listen to your body all the time. If you don’t feel like exercising, take it easy and do it some other time.
- Getting enough sleep can energize your immune system. Have you ever noticed that if you get enough sleep for the night let’s say for example 8 hours of sleep, your mornings will be filled with energy? According to the “National Institutes of Health”, an average adult should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Although there are some people that can live with 5 hours or sleep and there are some that actually need more than 10 hours.
- To ensure you get a good night sleep in the night, avoid drinking caffeinated drunks, decongestants, tobacco, and alcohol before you go to bed. Although alcohol can assist you to get a light sleep, it interferes with REM and later deeper stages of sleep which is a bad thing.
- No matter what we do, stress is always a part of life that’s definitely unavoidable. However, how you choose to react to stress can have a different impact to your overall health. A study conducted by the “National Institutes of Health” shows that hormones such as cortisol that hangs around during chronic stress can lead to serious health issues such as obesity, cancer, and any other illnesses. It works in two different ways, either it switches off disease-fighting white blood cells or triggers a hyperactive immune system that can increase your risk of developing auto-immune diseases.
- To avoid being caught in these situations, always find time to de-stress yourself. Do physical activities such as yoga, exercising, or even meditation to find inner peace.
- Just like stress, smoking can badly affect your immune system. Smoking or using any other tobacco products can lead to serious health problems, another reason to quit smoking.
- We always see this phrase in alcohol commercials right? But there are still some people that tend to overdrink without minding about their health, rendering the warning phrase useless. A 1998 article from the “Clinical and Experimental Research” stated that alcohol abuse can lead to immunodeficiency, which makes you more vulnerable to diseases such as bacterial pneumonia, tuberculosis, and among others. However, moderate alcohol intake shows little to no signs of negative effects to the immune system.
- In fact, there are a few health benefits that you can get while drinking alcohol moderately based on an article published by the “British Journal of Nutrition” back in 2007. With that being said, there’s nothing bad of drinking alcohol as long as you do it moderately.