7 Ways to Boost Your Immunity & Stop Falling Sick

HEALTH  |  September 27, 2016
  • 1. Wash your hands thoroughly
    1 / 7 1. Wash your hands thoroughly

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    Though it seems so simple, washing your hands properly is actually as effective as giving yourself a mini vaccine. It’s one of the best ways to rid dirt and germs to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. If that isn’t enough to convince you, consider this: participants in a study published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found bacteria of faecal origin in 44 per cent of samples where participants didn’t wash their hands. Gross.

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  • 2. Just chill
    2 / 7 2. Just chill

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    Chronic stress suppresses your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds and flus. Find a healthy outlet to release tension. It could be hanging out with friends, doing a sport you enjoy, or even learning something new. Here are five ways to relax.

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  • 3. Clock more sleep
    3 / 7 3. Clock more sleep

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    You knew this was coming. According to a study published in the Pflugers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology, sleep – or a lack of it – influences and affects your immune system in a big way. Sleep deprivation compromises your body’s immune function, and causes stress and inflammation levels to spike. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night – your body will thank you for it!

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  • 4. Make more friends
    4 / 7 4. Make more friends

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    Health-wise, it pays to be a social butterfly. Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University found that a lack of social support actually ups one’s risk of depression. The feelings of loneliness also weaken immunity. Think about it – having no one to turn to if you’ve had a bad day just fuels psychological and emotional stress. In the long run, that’s a sure recipe for poor health. 

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  • 5. Eat well
    5 / 7 5. Eat well

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    Diet definitely plays a big role in determining how well your body functions. Beyond filling your plate with superfoods rich in antioxidants (think colourful fresh fruits and vegetables), it’s also a good idea to load up on probiotics. These ‘good bacteria’ help to keep your gut strong and healthy to fend off infections.

    (Also Read: 12 Immunity-Boosting Foods to Eat During the Haze)

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  • 6. Get moving
    6 / 7 6. Get moving

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    Every bit of exercise counts. Make it a point to move more, even if you’re just taking a walk (or catching Pokemon). Keeping active staves off a list of conditions and illnesses, and is thought to boost the circulation of antibodies to fight off germs and diseases.

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  • 7. LOL
    7 / 7 7. LOL

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    Go ahead and LOL (laugh out loud) – it’s good for you! Laughing helps to ease stress and relieve tension, and also boosts a type of white blood cell in your body that combats infections.

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