6 Lifestyle Habits That Will Lead to a Stronger Immune System

by Alyssa Dhaliwal
HEALTH  |  March 18, 2020
  • Give your health a boost
    1 / 7 Give your health a boost

    Our immune system is a system instead of a singular component of our bodies, and as such, it requires a balance of various factors to flourish and keep strong. While some people have naturally weaker immune systems than others, there are definitely ways to keep your body energised and healthy, and foods that work best at getting your body in good shape. Here are six healthy habits to adopt, which will strengthen your immune system in the long run.

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    A version of this article first appeared on www.herworld.com.

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  • Stress less
    2 / 7 Stress less

    Keeping stress at bay doesn’t just boost your happiness score, but your immune system too. Stress can weaken your immune system – higher levels of cortisol and adrenaline can suppress your immune system – so you’ll find yourself falling sick more easily. Taking the time to relax and unwind, whether that involves a long hot soak in the tub, meditation, or a movie marathon, can go a long way to keeping your body in tip-top shape.

    (Also read: 8 Ways to De-stress at Work Without Bitching)

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  • Eat right on the regular
    3 / 7 Eat right on the regular

    Keeping healthy is all about maintenance. Sure, when you’re falling sick a boost of vitamins and minerals can help you recover better, but instead of waiting until the last minute to pop your vitamin Cs, you should be eating a balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals. Look out for foods packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, and things like zinc and iron to keep your immune system at its peak. Need some recommendations? Check out these immunity-boosting foods.

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  • Get moving
    4 / 7 Get moving

    Exercise doesn’t just keep you in shape and looking good. Regular exercise is one of the key components of healthy living. It’s good for your blood pressure, weight, heart health, and can keep you protected from certain diseases. Good health leads to a generally healthier immune system. We also know that exercise is great for blood circulation, which is how our immune system’s cells travel through the body and get the job done. You don’t have to go all out to reap the benefits – just something like a 30-minute walk, jumping rope, using a fitness app or even vigorous housework will do. You could even do these simple desk exercises in your office.

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  • Sleep enough
    5 / 7 Sleep enough

    Studies have proven that insufficient sleep can make you more susceptible to falling sick, with your body producing fewer antibodies to fight an infection when it’s not well rested. Insufficient sleep is often a cause of stress, overworking, or insomnia, which can increase the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) in our bodies. While most of us know that eight hours is a luxury, our body definitely benefits from at least seven hours. Struggling to fall asleep every night? We’ve got some helpful tips here.

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  • Keep an eye on your alcohol intake
    6 / 7 Keep an eye on your alcohol intake

    While a couple of drinks are fine for some and a glass red wine can actually be good for you, studies have proven that excessive drinking can indeed suppress your immune system. It’s no surprise some of us fall sick easily after a series of alcohol-fueled, late nights.

    (Also read: 7 Smart & Easy Ways to Prevent a Hangover)

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  • Take care of your gut
    7 / 7 Take care of your gut

    Gut health is a lot more central to our overall well-being than we might realise. I once accompanied someone to visit a holistic doctor and watched as the guy diagnosed a series of unwavering head pains. By the end of the session, he was prescribing a diet change and supplements to deal with what he determined was an unbalanced gut. Taking probiotics has been shown to help with gastrointestinal infections which also helps the immune system.

    (Also read: 7 Basic Ways to Boost Your Immunity and Stop Falling Sick)

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