Are you fully geared up for the flu season? Here’s 5 ways to give your immune system a boost to protect yourself from the flu.
1. You are what you eat.
2. Quit smoking. Apart from causing inflammation and cellular damage, smoking also suppresses your immune system (as a result of tar and nicotine), elevating your risk of getting an infection.
3. Get moderate exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps improve your blood circulation, which enables your immune system’s cells to pass through your body effectively. This enhances the surveillance against pathogens.
*Avoid overtraining. Intensive exercise with the lack of recovery days suppresses your immunity.
4. Get sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation lowers your T-cell (an essential immune cell) activity and decreases the antibodies produced.
5. Stress less, Laugh more. Stress increases the production of stress hormones that decreases your immunity and lowers your white blood cells that fight infection. As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Laughing reduces stress hormones and boosts white blood cells, which in turn increase your resistance to disease.
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