immune system

Your immune system is your body’s first and second line of defence against viruses, bacteria, parasites, and infection so it makes sense to do everything you can do to support it.

Protect your immune system, and it will be able to protect you.

Your immune system is a vast and complex network of cells and organs. It is constantly regenerating and adapting so rather than thinking about boosting your immune system, look at ways to support each part of it. Your body will do the rest.

The immune system is so complex that even scientists don’t really understand how a healthy lifestyle directly affects it. But one thing they all agree on is that having a healthier daily routine will support the individual parts of your immune system.

To try and prevent your family becoming ill time and time again, there are some quick and easy ways you can support your immune system:

1. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet that’s high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low in saturated fat will give your immune system the nourishment it needs.

Trying to get kids to eat vegetables or things they’ve never tried before can be a challenge so you might want to look at the various supplements available instead.

Adequate fibre and water will also help your gut, which is part of your immune system.

2. Exercise regularly

Exercise and daily activity help you stay in control of your weight and avoid many lifestyle diseases. And being active is likely to help you deal with depression, low mood, and stress.

3. Maintain a healthy weight

You shouldn’t be too heavy nor too light – focus on body fat and waist circumference. Body weight and body fat is linked to your risk of lifestyle diseases and diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even some cancers.

4. Moderate alcohol consumption       and avoid binge drinking

Alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle in moderation. Nevertheless, remember that it can contribute to weight gain and can suppress some parts of your immune system, leaving you open to illness and making recovery more difficult.

5. Get enough good quality sleep        every night

Seven to eight hours is ideal but the quality is important too. Sleep is directly linked to good health, lower body weight, less depression, and a healthier diet. The quality of your sleep is just as important as how many hours you get.

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6. Practice good hygiene

You shouldn’t be too heavy nor too light – focus on body fat and waist circumference. Body weight and body fat is linked to your risk of lifestyle diseases and diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even some cancers.

7. Be diligent about your health

Go to the Doctor for regular check-ups, and don’t avoid routine appointments. Treat your body well and it will repay you by keeping you fit and healthy for many years to come!

You shouldn’t be too heavy nor too light – focus on body fat and waist circumference. Body weight and body fat is linked to your risk of lifestyle diseases and diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even some cancers.

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