5 natural ways to strengthen your immune system

General healthy-living approaches boost your immune power and also come with other proven health benefits. It strengthens your body’s natural resistance and helps you fight harmful pathogens. 

Are you wondering how to help your body fight ailments and also strengthen the immune system at the same time amidst this COVID-19 crisis? The idea of boosting immunity is enticing, to function well, it requires balance and consistency. 

General healthy-living approaches boost your immune power and also come with other proven health benefits. It strengthens your body’s natural resistance and helps you fight harmful pathogens. 

Here are 5 natural ways to strengthen your immune system.

Get adequate sleep
Your body needs adequate sleep to heal and rejuvenate your natural immunity. Also, sleep is a time when your body generates and distributes key immune cells like cytokines, T cells and interleukin-12. One should at least get 7 hours of sleep per night.

Diet rich in vegetables and fruits
Choosing healthy fats and a diet rich in whole plant-based foods gives a person an upper hand to fight against harmful pathogens. Add fruits and vegetables, soups, smoothies and salads, or eat them as snacks. They are all great sources of vitamins A and C, while seeds and nuts will provide protein, vitamin E and zinc to the body. Also, drink plenty of water as it helps cells to operate efficiently.

Minimize stress
Managing stress levels is the key to good immune health. Stress raises inflammation as well as imbalances in immune cell functioning. Several activities that may help you manage stress include meditation, exercise, yoga, mindfulness practices, among others. 

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Exercise regularly
Researchers say that exercising regularly reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, among others; as well as viral and bacterial infections. Moderate exercises help reduce inflammation and help your immune cells regenerate on daily basis. Jogging, walking and cycling are great options.

Don't smoke or drink 

Drinking high volumes of alcohol have a negative effect on the body, including lowering immune function. It weakens your body’s ability to fight infection and also slow down your recovery time. Similarly, smoking also affects immune health. The chemicals released by cigarette smoke interferes with the growth and function of immune cells.