13 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Sick as a dogIf you’re someone who’s constantly coming down with coughs, colds and the flu, your immune system may be slightly low or deficient and not completely able to fight away infections. You could boost your immune system at home by doing just a few simple things. Try some of the below tips today – your health will thank you for it!

#1 Up your fruit and veg intake. It actually may be better for you to eat frozen fruit, as the vitamins are retained in the fruit at the time of freezing, whereas fresh fruit that may have travelled all over the world will have lost the majority of the beneficial vitamins by the time you get to eat it.

#2 Drink more water. It’s a classic, but it’s a good one. Drink at least large eight glasses of water a day, including tea and coffee and sugar free drinks. You need to keep hydrated to keep well.

#3 Try taking a few vitamin supplements. Things like vitamin E, vitamin C and calcium are all known immune boosters.

#4 Make sure that you use ‘good’ fats in your diet. A good fat is a fat that remains liquid, even when it’s cold, whereas a bad fat stays solid when cold. That means try to use extra virgin olive oil, as it’s the healthiest type of fat, rather than something like lard or butter. It’s far better for you and your heart.

#5 Get as much sleep as possible. Get into a regular sleep routine, whereby you go to bed at the same time every day and get up at the same time every morning. Establishing a regular routine is important in getting your full eight hours’ worth of sleep, which is essential for good health.

#6 Reach out to your friends and family. Staying connected and understanding that you have the support around you if you fall ill can be a massive help.

#7 Make sure to keep on top of all your health chores – make appointments with the optician and the dentist and have regular health check-ups with your doctor to make sure that everything is okay. Get all of the vaccinations and jabs that you need and don’t put them off!

#8 Have some fun with your partner. Go to bed and enjoy each other – studies have shown that you burn lots of calories and lower your risk of blood pressure and other health problems.

#9 Take Echinacea. It’s known to help reduce your risk of getting a cold and to keep you feeling up and ready for anything.

#10 Eliminate sugar from your diet. Sugar is known to make people feel sluggish, slow and bloated. Eliminating sugar will make you think clearer, will help you to lose weight and help your energy levels. Many specialists actually consider sugar to be as damaging to your body as a drug, and that’s a pretty worrying thought.

#11 Eat more protein. Protein is a building block for a healthy mind and body. If you don’t eat much protein, it’s likely that you’ll eat a lot of carbohydrates, which when eaten in excess can affect the pancreas and immune system by causing spikes in your blood sugar.

#12 Stop drinking coffee. Caffeine isn’t good for anyone, and drinking it can really dehydrate you. This dehydration can really mess up the way you feel, and it’s actually recommended that you drink two glasses of water for every one cup of coffee to replenish your water levels. If you don’t want to do that, try to stick to decaf coffee and tea.

#13 Look after yourself and listen to your body. If you feel tired, take a break. If you feel sick, settle down and give yourself time to feel better. Relax more and you’ll feel better. If you want anything like chocolate or wine, make sure to have a little bit. A little of what you fancy does do you good; just make sure not to overdo it.