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Support Your Immune Health By Adopting These Habits

Here are reasons to make these habits rituals.

Adopting a few good habits can have a positive impact on your immune system.  This immune system is a complex network in the body. Finding ways to do your part and support it can help to keep a host of harmful viruses and bacteria at bay. Here are some simple habits to incorporate into your daily routine to maintain good health.

Make it a habit to get enough sleep

Almost everyone on the planet knows the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Improving sleep quality can help to improve your health, both mental and physical, in numerous ways. It can also be beneficial to your immune system. This is because, during slumber, the body produces cytokines, a protein which targets infection and inflammation, according to researchers. It also produces a type of white blood cell called T-cells, which play an important role when it comes to immune response. It can be a challenge to get a good seven to eight hours of sleep regularly. However, it is not impossible. Experiment with different ways and methods that can help you with a daily habit of getting enough rest at night. Find what works for you. It may take time but it will be worth it in the end.

Nourish your body with the right foods

What we eat doesn’t just impact our weight, it can also affect gut barrier function, microbiome, and even the function of white blood cells. All these factors can have a huge impact on your immune response. Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and legumes. More importantly, consume foods that are right for your body to help it function well. Seek expert advice if you are unsure what foods are good for you. Nutrients like vitamins D and C, zinc and selenium as well as andographis and echinacea can help support immune health. Vitamin C is also an important nutrient to consume regularly can your body cannot produce it nor can it store it. Make sure to get a good dose of minerals and other nutrients that can help reduce oxidative stress in the body.

Regularly exercise and relax

Moving your body for a few minutes in the day could help to improve your overall health and your immune response, according to a 2019 study. What’s more, moderate exercise is good enough. It is also important to find ways to keep calm and relax as stress could increase cortisol levels, which could impact your immune health.

Darielle Britto

Darielle Britto has been in the world of journalism since 2014 — covering everything from breaking news to lifestyle for some of India's top publications. Currently, she focuses on all things food, fashion, travel, home, health, design and offbeat.
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