Getting your flu shots every year is important, but is it enough? Every time we breathe, we inhale multiple organisms that are present in the air around us. Some of these organisms are harmless, but some carry viruses that may lead to various diseases if we are not careful. Therefore, along with flu shots, it is also imperative that we make some healthy life choices. In other words, building a strong immune system from the onset is crucial if we want to avoid contracting diseases following lengthy treatments.
Pulling an “all-nighter” may seem like a massive feat, but in reality, it does your health no good. Not getting enough sleep can seriously damage your body’s normal functioning. It is much easier for viruses to infect a body that is not well rested, making it harder to fight various infections and sicknesses. Moreover, a lack of energy may result in less productivity throughout the day. An effective way to ensure a good night’s sleep is to have a cup of warm cow’s milk before going to bed.
Lack of sleep goes side by side with stress. It is okay, even healthy, to indulge in mentally or physically challenging tasks every now and then. However, do not let the stress of these tasks get to you, since it may have a negative impact. Too much stress cause secretion of the hormone cortisol, which can tamper with the immune system, weakening the body and its functions.
It is important to consume fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts, but it is crucial for them to be probiotic. Probiotic foods provide the body with the required nutrients for a strong immune system. Furthermore, proper fermentation enables good bacteria to help fight diseases and absorb nutrients efficiently. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt, are the best foods to have for breakfast. Additionally, adding garlic to foods has proven to be extremely beneficial, since it contains a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent for boosting immunity.
Soups, stocks and broths made from organic chicken or beef, can do wonders to the immune system. They contain glutamine, which are amino acids that provide strength and power to the body. Furthermore, traditional chicken soup or broth has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps recover the body after cold or flu.
We often have sugar cravings now and then, and being South Asian gives us a particularly sweet tooth. However, there are plenty of ways in which we can curb these cravings without having to go the “refined” route. Refined sugar can result in massive health complications, especially when it comes to a weak immune system. Moreover, refined sugar can cause depression due to fatigue and restlessness. Artificial sweeteners are equally dangerous. Honey is the best way to incorporate something sweet in your food. If it is absolutely essential to add sugar, brown is always better than white.
Taking vitamin D supplements may be effective, but what better way to do it than to soak up some sun. Letting the sun’s rays penetrate naturally in the skin reduce the risks of respiratory infections and influenza. However, it is important still to use sunscreen and not to overdo it since too much exposure to the sun may cause skin cancer. Additionally, some excellent sources of vitamin D include salmon, cod-liver oil and egg yolks.
Going to the gym may help you get in shape, but hitting the outdoors is what boosts your spirit. Even a stroll in the park can help you de-stress, and improve your immunity. When you step out, oxygen enters the brain, and helps you think clearly, positively, and more creatively. Furthermore, you are energized, rejuvenated and refreshed. The outdoors can greatly decrease risks of depression and anxiety.
Start your day with a recipe that can perform miracles for the body. Mix lemon, ginger, honey and turmeric in warm water. All four of these ingredients act as powerful antioxidants. Honey is nature’s best sweet and immunity booster. Lemon has high levels of vitamin C and helps relieve nausea and prevent cold. Ginger has antiviral properties and can also help relieve nausea as well as indigestion. Turmeric is not only essential for immunity, due to its curcumin levels, but also helps with weight loss.
Most of us need that caffeine hit before heading out to work or sitting in the library to study. Coffee may provide you with adequate caffeine but tea can prove to be much more than just a caffeine hit. Various black and green teas are high in antioxidants and help boost immunity. Furthermore, they help fight certain diseases and can also aid significantly in weight loss.
There is no doubt that laughter really is the best medicine. Keeping a positive attitude, and not being afraid to laugh out loud a little can be amazing for your immune system. Being positive lowers stress levels and improves sleep. We all know that a well rested body and mind will always radiate happiness.
As we see here, most of our immune system depends on the food we consume and the habits we adopt. Immunity is developed and strengthened over time by your lifestyle choices. Therefore, it is vital to lead a life where good health will resonate as positive attitude.