Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity
Immune system – a phrase that you have probably heard many times in the last 12 months. Coronavirus pandemic messed up many things in the world. However, there may be one positive thing the virus brought. Many people now understand the importance of the immune system, and they are looking for the best possible way to improve it.
Taking vitamins in the form of supplements and pills is something people usually do. However, they must not be the replacement for a healthy lifestyle. In fact, taking too many vitamin C supplements can cause different side effects such as headache, heartburn, stomach cramps, etc. Despite that, the supplements will never bring the same benefits as healthy ingredients that contain vitamins.
Boosting the immune system naturally will always be the best way to protect yourself from any type of bacteria and viruses. There are a few ways to reach your goal. Let's find them out!
Why Don't You Sleep Enough?
There is a strong connection between immunity and sleep. People should sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night on average. However, the phrase "PER NIGHT" plays the key role here. During the night sleep, different parts of your immunity are regenerating. For instance, your organism increases the cytokines production during night sleep that is directly connected with inflammation. Whenever a person catches a virus, the inflammatory will help the immune system to respond properly.
Because of that, don't allow different distractions to ruin your sleeping habits. You probably deal with many stressful moments every single day. However, instead of worrying too much, clear your mind before bedtime, get a good night's rest and wake up strong enough to find the best possible solution, and keep your immunity strong in the meantime.
Pizza and Hamburger Are Tasty, But...
Have you forgotten what your parents were teaching you when you were a child? Every meal that you have should contain plant-based foods as well. Seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and other stuff are fortunately affordable. They are all full of vitamins and minerals that will improve your immune system. Despite that, the fiber in all plant-based foods supports the gut microbiome in our organism. In other words, it supports the healthy bacteria in your gut that regulates your immune response to different microbes and viruses.
Check this list after you read this article. You will find there a list of vegetables and fruits and the amount of different vitamins and minerals they contain. For instance, lemon, orange, and mango are full of vitamin C. Consumption of that vitamin will reduce the length of the common cold.
Don't Forget about Fermented Food
Different researches confirm the links between the brain and gut. Mood, health, way of thinking, digestion, and immune system are directly connected in many different ways. That is the reason why consuming fermented food is essential.
This type of food contains a big amount of probiotics – bacteria that improve your digestive tract. You can find them in different types of food such as kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, etc. Thanks to the connection of all gut bacteria that you have in your digestive tract, the immune cells will know how to recognize harmful invaders that enter your organism and support the healthy cells to defeat them.
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Expose Yourself to the Sunlight
We once again invite you to check the link about vegetables/fruits and the vitamins they contain. You will easily notice that they contain all the vitamins that your organism needs except one – vitamin D.
Vitamin D receptors directly influence T cells, B cells, and antigen-presenting cells. In that way, it increases autoimmunity and susceptibility to infections. Unfortunately, the only way to improve the levels of vitamin D is by exposing yourself to the sunlight.
Your skin contains different types of cholesterol that turn into vitamin D whenever you expose yourself to UV-B radiation. However, the organism does not always produce the same amount of vitamin D. It directly depends on your geographical location, skin tone, and age as well as the clothing and sunscreens you are using. Sunscreens sometimes completely block the production of vitamin D because they have a "too protective" role for your skin.
Improve Your Physical Activity, but Don't Overdo It!
People like to improve their physical appearance and look attractive. However, prolonged intense exercise does not support the immune system in any way. Because of that, you should focus on moderate exercise and help immune cells regenerate regularly.
But, what does "moderate exercise" refer to? It includes activities such as regular swimming, bicycling, jogging, and light hiking. All these outdoor activities will also help you boost the levels of vitamin D in your organism (especially during the summer months).
Calm Down and Relax!
As previously mentioned, mood and mental health are directly connected with the immune system. According to APA, researchers at Ohio State University College of Medicine analyzed medical students, their mental health, and the strength of their immune system. After the set of studies, they realized that the immune system of students becomes weaker whenever the exam period comes. These students had a lower amount of killer cells that fight against all types of infections. Despite that, the production of T-cells and immunity-boosting gamma interferon literally stopped.
It's about time to calm down and relax. You are probably dealing with stressful moments every single day. However, using different techniques to improve your mindfulness is always an available option.
Spend your time on things that you love. For instance, listen to music, watch your favorite TV show, spend some time in nature, etc. Writing is also one of the ways to reduce the level of negative energy. If you want to interact with people, starting a blog is always an excellent option. You can hire different custom writing services to improve the quality of content if your writing is not at the highest level. In that way, you will improve your mood and immune system, potentially meet some new people, and bring value to someone else's life.
Usage of supplements is okay, but they must not be a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. Improve your sleeping and eating habits and try to expose yourself to sunlight as much as you can. In that way, you will add the necessary vitamins and minerals that will regulate and improve your immunity.
Despite that, do not underestimate the importance of mental strength for your immune system. After a hard day at work, do things you love, and try to relax as much as you can. You will manage to solve everything with a clear mind!
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Author’s bio. Jessica Fender is a professional writer and educational blogger at GetGoodGrade, an aggregator for useful college resources and websites. Jessica enjoys sharing her ideas to make writing and learning fun.
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