Regardless of your age, sex, status and financial capability, everyone is vulnerable to this epidemic affecting the whole world presently. Besides taking the precautionary measures such as regular washing of hands, using a protective mask, hand sanitizers, stockpiling tissues, we must also keep our immune system strong and healthy.
A strong immune system defends your body against flu and virus and an active body system keeps your immune system healthy. That’s is why you must keep your immunity high during this season.
However, there are some foods and pills that can boost your immune system in case your immunity is low. Below are seven natural ways to boost your immune system fast.
Natural Ways To Boost Your Immune System Fast
1. Quality Long Sleep
Yes, I know its tempting watching Tv, surfing the internet till late hours trying to get the latest update on this on the recent outbreak. In fact, I spent much time on my laptop these days than before but it is essential you get sound sleep. A night of good quality sleep helps your body to relax and strengthen your immune system.
When you sleep, your body regenerates, produces and distributes core immune cells responsible for rejuvenation. Your immune system boost when you get enough sleep, it fights against virus and harmful invaders that can make you sick. Lack of sleep increases your cortisol which is bad for your immune system functioning.
2 Eat Healthily
Research shows that there are nutrients that boots the immune system. Zinc, vitamins A, C, and E have been proven to be good nutrients for the immune system boosting. Eating balanced diets, foods and fruits that contain these nutrients will help you boost your immune system.
Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Ginger, Tumeric. Vegetables, Almonds, Green tea, Sun Flower, Spinach, Brocolli, Oranges, Spices, and Herbs are essential to keeping your immune system functioning properly. Nourish your body with these foods and increase your immunity.
3 Exercise Regularly
I know there almost every country around the continent is locked down right now due to COVID -19, so you might not be able to go to the gym or spa. You don’t need the gym right now, regular exercise at home can keep your body healthy. Constant exercise reduces your risk of having a chronic infection, bacteria, and disease.
Try out some home workout like press up, sit up, skipping e.t.c. When you sweat, you flush bacteria out of your lungs and your body reducing the risk of contracting infections.
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4 Avoid Alcohol
I know it’s not easy to stay indoors for a longer period of time idle without indulging in some activities like drinking smoking, eating too much and much more. During this period, ensure you drink responsibly, too much of alcohol in your body can have a side effect on your body, and can also lower your immune system.
When you consume too much alcohol at the same time, your body will be too busy to detoxify your system and this could lead to a weak immune system. That’s is why regular exercise is recommended at this crucial period above. If it is possible to avoid it totally, I will advise you do but if you can’t drink responsibly, and take plenty of water.
5 Drink Plenty of Water
Do you know that drinking regularly a glass of water first thing every morning can boost your immune system? Sincerely, I have been doing this for many years and it works. A cup of water early in the morning flushes your long, detoxifies your body and helps your internal organs to function properly.
It has been proven that your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help maintain the body function and regulate its temperature. The body loses water through, sweating and digestion, it’s necessary to rehydrate by drinking water and eating foods that contain water. When the body functions effectively then the immune system is relatively high so drink enough water to boost your immunity.
6 Stay Happy
Try as much as possible to do all that makes you happy all the time most especially during this period. When you are sad or depressed your body system will be weak and your immunity becomes low. Play around with your kids, watch movies, read books, pen down all those articles you have been procrastinating to write, learn a new skill online e.t.c. Like the saying ” an idle mind is the devil’s workshop’. When you engage in activities that make you laugh, you will be stress-free and there will be a boost in your immune system.
7 Avoid Smoking
If you are a smoker, it is high time you quit. Like alcohol, cigarette smoking affects your immune. Toxins generally can compromise your immune system. The chemicals released by cigarette smoke — carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, nicotine, and cadmium interferes with the growth and function of immune cells, like cytokines, T cells, and B cells, according to a November 2016 review in Oncotarget.
Smoking also worsens viral and bacterial infections (especially those of the lungs, like pneumonia, flu, and tuberculosis), post-surgical infections, and rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the joints), according to the CDC.