How to support your immune system?
There are lots of things you can do to take care your immune system, like getting more sleep, spending more time outside, staying relaxed, getting exercise and eating a diet full of fresh food:
1. A well-balanced diet is essential to support your immune system
A healthy and balanced diet can provide all the micronutrients needed to support the normal functioning of the immune system. Some nutrients are known to play specific roles.
Including fortified dairy products in your daily routine can be a tasty and easy way to get vitamins, proteins, and to support the normal function of your immune system.
2. How can sleep help your immune system?
Your body is no slouch, even when you’re sleeping it’s working. Most adults need between seven to eight hours per night. The majority of children and teenagers need 10 hours or over, depending on their age.
From Einstein to Edison, many brilliant thinkers knew, sleeping can help you come up with better ideas. Because sleep is crucial for learning, problem solving and memory. Furthermore, sleep plays an important role in our mental health, getting out of the wrong side of the bed is a real thing. Continually under-sleeping will make it harder for you to control your emotions and your mental health will suffer too.
A good sleep also supports your immune system. While you’re asleep, your immune system mobilizes to ensure a better immune response to help keep you healthy. A study of 153 healthy adults, showed that the people who got a longer sleep of over eight hours, had better immune protection than those who slept less than seven hours.
Now you know that a good night’s sleep helps your immune responses, go ahead and good night!
3. Can laughing support your immune system?
Whether you giggle, guffaw, titter, or howl; laughter is said to be the best medicine. It’s certainly proven to have many positive benefits for the body, from releasing the happiness hormones (endorphins and serotonin) and the stress relief hormone (cortisol), which then help your body to increase the number of immune-system-supporting white blood cells. The different types of white blood cells are crucial in your defense system.
Having a laugh with your friends also helps your immune system by introducing you to germs, letting your body learn about different germs and giving your body the chance to make antibodies.
So, all joking aside, now that you understand that laughing is important FOR your immune system... think about watching funny videos and laughing with those around you!
4. Can exercise support your immune system?
Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, and helps control body weight. Just like diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore support a healthy immune system.
You don’t have to join a gym to stay active, walking more is a great way to include exercise in your daily life. Even gardening and lifting children can help! Any activity is better than none!
Now you know how we can support the immune system, read on to learn about which foods are good for it.
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