There are some people who never seem to get sick, no matter the weather. And while they may not be too worried about catching cold, there are others who got the short end of the sick stick. If you are one of the unlucky ones, and a stiff breeze is enough to get you teary-eyed and wheezing, you may have to start thinking about the state of your immune system.
Our immunity is what keeps us from falling ill and boosting our immunity increases the likelihood of staying healthy.
We have prepared a list of ten recommendations to boost your immune system. All of these tips are very effective, but it is not necessary to go through all of them. Just choose 3 methods that you can easily accomplish and keep them. Results will follow.
1. Drink Lemon Juice
The reason we’re recommending lemon juice is not just because of vitamin C. Of course, lemon is rich in vitamin C, which is great for the immune system, but lemon has another important characteristic.
Its acidity (pH value) stimulates the growth of good bacteria, protecting the body from viruses and harmful bacteria.
You can drink freshly squeezed lemon juice or you can mix it with tea, season salads with it instead of using vinegar, use it in cooking, etc. Get creative.
2. Use Natural Ingredients to Boost Your Immune System
We will mention the two that are most effective.
Garlic is the strongest natural antibiotic and eating garlic at least once a week is very beneficial. Garlic is better raw than cooked, but then again, cooking gets rid of the strong smell, which is good enough reason in itself for most people to cook it. While some opt for garlic supplements (pills and capsules) from the pharmacy, we would still recommend fresh garlic from the market.
Aloe Vera is another important natural ingredient for strengthening the immune system. Aloe Vera is sometimes described as a miracle plant that cures all diseases. We would not go that far, but we feel the need to recommend it anyway.
Essential oils also fall into this category and can contribute to strengthening the immune system.
Get Enough Sleep
We all have different needs when it comes to sleeping, which is why it is impossible to define precisely how many hours of sleep is ideal. Some people need only 6 hours of sleep on average, while others need as much as 10 hours.
It also depends on your age, physical activity and various other factors such as the season and current weather. It’s important to have a good night’s sleep.
Good sleep can be linked with the secretion of hormones important to our bodies. Getting enough sleep will improve your ability to think clearly, it will lift your mood and even beautify your skin (you must have heard of “beauty sleep”). Insufficient sleep is detrimental to your immunity and, consequently, overall health.
Drink Plenty of Water
There is a rule that states:
Most headaches happen because people simply do not drink enough water.
Thirst is not the only sign that your body needs more fluids. A headache can also be an indicator of dehydration. How much water do you need? It is difficult to say exactly because it depends on various factors, but aim for at least 6 cups a day (1,5 L).
Lay off the Coffee
Coffee has a lot of good properties. Much like chocolate, it is an antioxidant. However, coffee drains the body of water and minerals. If you’re having coffee, drink it with water to compensate for the liquid.
If your decision is to follow only one of the recommendations we have offered, let it be this one. Eliminate the sugar from your diet and you will soon notice positive changes in the body. You will become more energetic and less likely to get sick.
Refined sugar shares certain similarities with drugs: the more you consume it, the more you crave it. That is how you get addicted.
The sugar enters the bloodstream very quickly, which causes a spike in blood sugar levels. The levels drop just as suddenly soon after and it is precisely these swings and abrupt changes that cause harm to the immune system. Some doctors, aware of the harm caused by eating too much sugar, will go so far as to sooner advise you to give up on sugar than quit smoking. Do not replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, which are also quite harmful in their own way.
Make Sure to Eat Enough Protein
Proteins are building blocks, essential for a healthy body, a healthy mind and, of course, a healthy immune system. Diets that prescribe reduced protein intake usually abound in carbohydrates.
Stock up on Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are an important source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibers and enzymes. If you are unable to maintain a healthy diet, you can make up for the lower vitamin intake with vitamin supplements. Each type of fruit has a different chemical composition, and the golden rule is to eat fruits and vegetables of all colors, from white to yellow to dark red and black.
Get Some Exercise and Spend Time in Fresh Air
Unfortunately, today it is normal to spend as much as 90% of our time indoors, whether it be at home, in the office, or in a shopping mall. However, fresh air does wonders to boost both our mood and the immune system. Moderate exercise, cycling, running, etc. also have a strong positive effect.
Reduce Your Stress Levels, Make Time for the Things You Love
Spend time with friends, get a massage, take a hot bath. Mood and health are related. It is not uncommon to feel anxiety and sore throat at the same time, also sometimes paired with stress.
Stress is an important impulse that, evolutionarily speaking, is there to make sure that animals escape danger. Nowadays it serves no purpose in a situation when, for example, someone says something nasty.
Reduce your stress levels any way you can. It may be yoga, meditation, autogenic training … If you manage to get rid of stress, your life will get better, which will also have a positive effect on the immune system.