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Tips to Keep Your Immune System Strong

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    The change of weather can sometimes have unwanted effect on the human body. Sudden changes from hot, humid temperatures to cold weather can leave the body feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms, while the shift from winter to spring can aggravate hay fever and allergies.  

     

    Building a strong immune system can prevent the human body from picking up an infection during the cooler months. Below are a few tips for anyone looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as strengthen their immune system ahead of a change of season:

    • Adopt a balanced, nutritious diet low in saturated fat that’s high in fibre and antioxidant-rich foods (such as fruit and vegetables).
      • Antioxidants empower the immune system, helping to protect the human body from illness. In the event of becoming struck with a cold, a strong immune system will speed up the recovery process.
      • As a guide, fruits and vegetables rich in colour are filled with nutrients. According to the Better Health Channel , similar coloured foods tend to carry similar protective compounds. It’s recommended to consume a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables daily to ensure your body is receiving a full range of health benefits.
    • Exercise regularly - even a brisk walk can strengthen the body to lessen the severity of the symptoms associated with a cold.
    • Ensure adequate rest and avoid too many late nights. Consistently depriving the human body of sleep weakens the immune system, while going to bed at irregular times of the evening has been shown to have a negative impact on the body’s internal alarm clock.
      • Attempting to recoup lost hours from the working week on the weekend has been shown to do more harm than good.
    • Don’t smoke and keep stress in check - neither of these elements have a positive impact on your body’s ability to fight infections.
      • There are lots of tactics to manage stress. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a stroll through the local park or catching up with a friend over lunch - do something that you know will ease stress levels.
    • Practice good hygiene habits to avoid the spread of infection. For example, wash hands before and after preparing meals to deter any cross contamination.

     

    Putting a routine in place to develop good healthy habits is part of a journey in strengthening the body’s immune system. What are your secrets to keeping your immune system healthy and strong?

     

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