Our bodies comprise of a network of cells, tissues, and organs which protect it from infection and diseases. This is known as the immune system, and is critical for your health and wellbeing.
Want to boost your body’s immunity? Here’s what you should do.
Reduce Your Alcohol & Sugar Intake
While alcohol consumption is okay in moderate amounts, if done excessively, it can damage your body’s immune system. The large amount of alcohol in your body weakens its defense system and leaves it susceptible and vulnerable to diseases.
The same holds true for sugar. Almost everybody loves desserts, but if your sweet tooth has you consuming too much sugar—whether as confectionary items or in beverages—then your immunity will suffer.
This is because too much sugar in your diet reduces the number of cells in your immune system. This makes it easier for bacteria to attack the body, as the internal defenses are down and remain so for a few hours after sugar consumption.
To improve your immunity, keep both the alcohol and sugar consumption mild to moderate. Opt for fresh juices and vitamin C-rich vegetables to maintain a balanced diet with food that helps fight bacteria and viruses.
Fix Your Sleeping Patterns
We’ve all heard of how sleeping for 8–9 hours can help stay us fresh throughout the day, but we often tend to ignore when we time our sleep cycle. Our bodies have a built-in clock that keeps a track of periods of darkness and light, i.e. night and day. The natural system dictates that you go to bed before midnight and wake up early morning for a fresh and energetic day.
This means that even if you’re getting 8 hours of sleep from noon till evening, you’re likely to fell lethargic when you wake up. Sleeping at odd intervals interferes with your body’s immune system, preventing it from releasing cytokines. As a result, you feel tired and are more susceptible to disease.
Getting quality sleep at the designated sleeping period boosts your immune system, and helps you stay energetic.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Studies have shown the relationship between stress and immunity. The stress refers to physical, social, and mental stress exerted on your body which can have a negative impact on your immune system.
This is because increased stress levels delay the production of antibodies needed to fight off foreign particles. As a result, your body is more vulnerable to disease and may succumb to bacterial or viral attacks. Managing stress levels through meditation, psychotherapy, and medication can help prevent this outcome.
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