Any time someone sneezes or coughs, I instantly get tensed. I think of the many germ particles floating in the air, looking for the perfect body to camp out and make a new home. As hard as I try to shield them, they move too fast, even for me. The moment their “owner” pushes them out of their body, they are released and no running or rolling the window down can save you from them. That is why it is imperative to boost your immune system to ward off any illnesses seeking to disrupt your spring and summer-time vacation plans. Essentially, your immune system acts as a protector against germs so that your body will not shut down. Incorporating healthy eating choices into your diet and generally understanding your body and how your immune system works allows you to develop a more conscious and healthy lifestyle.
We inhale thousands upon thousands of germs each day. Take a moment to think about that. Each time you breathe, you are breathing in millions of germs surrounding you, just floating around in the air without a care in the world. Knowing this, it makes sense to prep your body for illnesses attempting to attack it. That’s why we boost our immune system. The same way a company gives out incentives to its employers to boost or strengthen the morale within the workplace so that everyone is happy and on the same page, is the same way our immune systems are boosted. We want our immune system strengthened so that when germs (bacteria and viruses) attempt to enter our body and shut it down, it will serve as a blocker against them.
Ways to boost your immune system:
- Drink water – we want to flush out the toxins from our bodies. The way to do that is staying hydrated. Another benefit is it helps digest food. A strong digestive system allows nutrition to distribute adequately.
- Eat smart, eat healthy – eating gobs of hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, pizza, and drinking soda sounds like a good time, and it’s an even better time for those germs to slip in and take over because your immune system is not receiving any nutrients from these types of foods. Citrus fruits loaded with Vitamin C, foods rich in protein (chicken, fish, turkey, lean cuts of beef), quinoa, black beans, spinach, lemon, ginger, garlic, broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, all are better alternatives for boosting your immune system.
- Adequate amounts of sleep – it goes without saying; if you do not get enough sleep, your body will shut down on you. It needs rest to refuel energy levels so that you can do what you did the day before 10 x’s better the next day.
- Proper hygiene – it is simple; wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, brush your teeth, wash your hair, face and body. Period.
- Check-ups – it is necessary to make sure your vitals are still vital and your ticker is still ticking.
- Exercise – this one is my favorite, naturally. Maintaining a consistent workout plan throughout your week strengthens your body, while your blood is able to flow easier and pumps rapidly.
In order to stay healthy, we have to be healthy. Learn how to take care of your body and protect yourself.