Get your shots–A vaccination imitates an infection, prompting your body to produce substances that will fight the disease if you’re ever exposed to it.
Work up a sweat–Moderate intensity exercise such as brisk walking helps the immune system fight respiratory viruses, according to a 2009 study in Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day.
Get enough sleep–People who slept less than six hours per night were about four times more likely to develop a cold than people who got seven hours or more, according to a 2015 Sleep study
Clean up your diet–“There’s no one superfood that will ramp up the immune system,” says Walter C. Willett, M.D, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard. T.H, Chan School of Public Health. Instead, eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, veggies and whole grains.
Load up on D–Most of us don’t get enough of this essential nutrient for immune system health, says Willett. Take a daily supplement containing at least 600 IUs of D or eat vitamin D-fortified cereals or juices.
Keep the cocktail count in check–While moderate drinking may be good for the heart, too much alcohol suppresses the immune system so your body is less able to fight infection and even cancer. Women should have no more than one drink a day and men no more than two.
Don’t smoke–Cigarette smoking keeps levels of infection-fighting while blood cells high, upping your risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer. And it makes it harder for wounds to heal.
Take up a relaxing hoppy–Singing in a choir, for example, may benefit your health. Anything that feeds your soul is likely to be good for your body.
Source: Parade Magazine supplement in the Elyria Chronicle newspaper March 5, 2017
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