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5 Ways To Boost Your Immune System

With Coronavirus circulating, it may be wise to practice and learn about strengthening your immune system, that’s why we’ve listed 5 Ways To Boost Your Immune System.

Get Enough Sleep

It’s easier said than done at the minute. Days are tough and times are confusing. But none the less if you can manage to put your phone down, turn your TV off and go to bed at a proper time, getting enough sleep will help boost your immune system!

Inadequate sleep may increase your risk of getting sick. Adults should aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

Top Tip: Get settled in a completely dark room or use an organic sleep mask. Aim to get in bed and settle down at the same time every night to enjoy a long, peaceful sleep.

If you’re struggling to sleep, listening to audiobooks may help you to relax and take your mind off any worries or negative thoughts you may be having. As well as audiobooks, there are apps like Calm. An app for sleep meditation, helping millions of people to sleep better, lowering stress and anxiety.

Practice Moderation When Drinking Alcohol

Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can affect your immune system.

When you drink high amounts of alcohol, your body is too busy trying to function, and therfore weakens your body’s ability to fight infection.

If you want an alternative to alcohol, get into teas! The benefits of drinking herbal tea are unprecedented. Proved to help with everything from fighting infection, nausea and indigestion. Plus, its a pretty cool hobby collecting and trying different types of tea from each and every corner of the globe.

Take Vitamins And Supplements

Although getting outside in the fresh air is a perfect way of filling your body with Vitamin D, many people aren’t able to do this. You may work in an office, be a busy single parent, on night shifts or simply don’t have a garden. That’s where supplements come in.

People who have vitamin deficiencies have a higher susceptibility to infection, in order to avoid this, take vitamin and mineral tablets every day.

At Holland & Barret, there’s a huge selection of vitamins and supplements to choose from.

Quit The Cigarettes

Like alcohol, cigarettes can affect the immune system. Chemicals released by cigarette smoke (carbon monoxide, nicotine and nitrogen oxide) can interfere with functions of immune cells and can even stop them from growing.

Smoke also worsens bacterial infections, especially infections within the lungs.

If you need help quitting smoking, visit the NHS website.

Man snapping cigarette in half as he quits to boost his immune system

Get At Least 30 Mins Of Exercise Per Day

We’re allocated an hour of exercise a day outside but it’s almost essential that each human being gets up and moves their body, burning some calories for at least 30 minutes per day. It’s vital to engage your muscles and burn some energy so we can live healthy balanced lives. Especially while we’re all indoors.

Physical activity can help flush harmful bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This reduces the chance of getting a cold, flu and other illnesses. Exercise causes a change in white blood cells, which are the body’s immune system cells, this helps fight diseases so its essential we keep the cycle going.

Heres a 30-minute cardio workout for anyone to do at home which requires no equipment:

If you have any other ways of boosting the immune system feel free to comment or mention us on social media using @Snizl (Instagram) & @SnizlUK (Twitter, Facebook).

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