Does it always seem like your fighting a cold? Battling the sniffles? Or constantly at war with a sore throat? Or maybe you just want to make sure you’re not sick by the time you have to go on vacation. There are always some ways to give your immune system the boost it needs. With illnesses like the swine flu running rampant, here are some tips to keep you—and your immune system in check.
Drop your sugar habit.
Refined white sugar is bad for you—even in small amounts. Lurking in everything from jelly, your morning doughnuts, and even seemingly health foods like apple juice and the cereal you ate this morning, this sugar does more damage than you think. Aside from adding extra calories to your foods, this ingredient also wreaks havoc on your whole body. Under names like fructose, glucose, and corn syrup this ingredient decreases the number and activity of white blood cells and makes your blood more acidic, and in turn lowering your body’s ability to fight off infections and increasing your susceptibility to viruses and bacteria.
Get a good night sleep.
How many hours you sleep has an effect on a lot of things in your body. Aside from feeling tired, a lack of sleep can also contribute to weight gain, an abnormal mental state, diabetes and even an impaired immune system, most likely by messing up your hormones. However, too much sleep can impair an immune response as well, so aim for more than seven hours and less than ten.
Exercise, even just a little.
A 2006 study at the University of Houston found that even a little exercise (but not too much) can help battle the sniffles. Participants in the study either worked out five times a week or stretched once, by the end of the study the ones who exercised were three times more likely to be coughing and sneezing. So to take advantage of the benefits of exercise, go for a small walk or stretch every now and then, just don’t go overboard (which can lower your immune system instead of improving it).
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Ditch the Doughnuts.
Simply done. Research estimates that one in three Americans will get cancer in there lifetime. The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that up to 40 percent of cancers can be avoided by eating better. So consume healthy foods, so pile on the vegetables, add some fruit, sprinkle on some nuts and add a side of some healthy meat and leave the unhealthy stuff for occasional treats; don’t forget to drink water. As a bonus to eating healthy your overall appearance will appear healthier and you will have more energy. Maybe to exercise?