The immune system is one of the most important internal functions of the human body. It’s essential for our survival. Without which our bodies would be open to attack from bacteria, viruses, etc. It guards our system continuously and defends us from the bacteria, viruses, fungi and other harmful germs getting inside, trying to make us sick. That’s why, the stronger the immunity system, more will be the resistance to fight various diseases.
Let’s look at some easy ways to boost our immune system:
Manage stress and sleep well
Stress and sleep deprivation increase the cortisol level in our body. Coristol is a hormone that triggers our body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. The prolonged elevation of coristol has adverse effects on the immune function.
Garlic is packed with many powerful nutrients, including allicin – an antioxidant that helps fight the spread of bacteria and stop infections in their tracks. Consuming more garlic is not only good for our digestive health but also boosts or immunity.
Eat Reishi Mushrooms
The rare reishi mushroom stimulates the production of T-cells – white blood cells involved in protecting the body from infection. Also, they increase levels of substances that strengthen the immune response.
Sunlight helps skin produce vitamin D. 30 mins of time spent in the sun helps you get all the Vitamin D your body needs to fight germs and microbes.
Have a lot of greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds
These foods provide your body with essential nutrients important for your immune system. A research in older adults shows increasing the fruit and vegetable intake improved the antibody response to the Pneumovax vaccine, which protects against Streptococcus pneumonia.
Laugh out loud
Laughter boosts our immune system along with the mood. It increases levels of antibodies in the blood and those of the white blood cells that attack and kill bacteria and viruses.
Say ‘No’ to sugar
Only 10 teaspoons of sugar can impair the ability of WBCs to deactivate/ kill bacteria. Choose natural sweetener instead, such as the one made from the stevia plant to boost the immune system.
Sing for your health
Singing activates the spleen, helping to increase the blood concentrations of antibodies and boosts the immune system.