Simple Ways To Boost Your Immune System

lifestyle Mar 25, 2020

Our immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that fight off infections from cold viruses to more serious conditions such as recently coronavirus. Read more to find simple ways can boost your immune system here.

Choose healthy foods 

Most of us agree that natural food can supercharge our immune system with fresh fruit and vegetables rather than processed foods. There’s no need to buy expensive foods, but rather use foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants, for example, lemons, oranges or blue berries.

Have a selection 

The Australian government’s dietary guidelines say you should enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from these five food groups every day: 

  • Variety types of fruit and vegetable 
  • Select wholegrain and high-fibre varieties of bread, rice, pasta, noodles, cornmeal, cereals, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley 
  • Chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish, eggs
  • Tofu, nuts, seeds, legumes/beans 
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese  

Do I need to take supplements? 

Unless your body can process some certain type of supplements, your body would source vitamins in real food. You may need to do some walking outside under sunshine will give you adequate vitamin D for your immune system.  Most of us will agree that exercise like walking is great for building your body’s defence system and making you happy because it releases feel-good endorphins. 

Get a good night's sleep 

In a magical display of what the human body is capable of, the simple act of having a good night’s rest allows the body to regenerate itself and renew the immune system. While you sleep, the body releases small proteins that help it fight inflammation, infection and trauma if you’re sick or injured, and boosts your overall immune system. You might need four hours or eight or 10 but listen to your body and hit the pillow when you need it. 

Less stress 

Stress releases elevated levels of the hormone cortisol which suppresses the immune system. Plus stress can make difficult to sleep, interfere with our lifestyle and relationship.

What to do when you feel unwell?

Have some chicken soup! different versions such as Vietnamese chicken pho or just your grandma soup of chicken, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, parsley, salt and pepper.

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