Do you get sick and cough and sneeze a lot? You could have a weakened immune system. In this article, Michelle Hannan, Nutritionist shares her tips to improve your overall health, including within the mind.
A weak immune system allows viruses and bacteria in your body to make you unwell. A strong immune system ensures that the body has the power to fight it all as best it can. Your physical health can also affect your mental health and make you feel low, despondent and not at your best.
Here are some factors that weaken the immune system.
- Harmful radiation
- Unhygienic lifestyle
- Too much alcohol
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet
- No or little exercise
- Excessive medication
These are my tips for boosting the immune system:
- EATING HEALTHILY
Most immune problems are due to unhealthy lifestyle or illness. Make yourself your priority and you will see the changes that occur in your life.
Unhealthy eating (high fat foods) can damage your immune system and affects your mental health People consider healthy food as dull and complicated, but in fact, it is not. Check out some recipes for healthy yet delicious and easy food and stick to it to see the results.
I understand that people have a hard time exercising due to many reasons. I was one of those people who hated exercising and opted for dieting whenever in need but a friend made me exercise for a month, and now I can’t think of a day without it.
When you exercise in adequate amounts, your immune system improves. Exercising also helps in making your memory stronger.
According to a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise in Australia.
There is now a wide body of research showing that the benefits to the body with exercise also exist for the brain, when older adults undertake aerobically, we see changes to the structure and function of areas of the brain responsible for complex mental tasks and memory function.
He further said.
Each type of exercise seems to have different effects on the growth factors responsible for the growth of new neurons and blood vessels in the brain that may indicate why doing aerobic is of benefit to cognitive function.
- RELAX MORE
When we worry more and relax less, our body`s immune system gets beaten up, and our mental health suffers.
Try to concentrate on the present rather than the future. This quote of Meredith grey from grey`s anatomy inspired me a lot.
We spend our whole lives worrying about the future, planning for the future, trying to predict the future, as if figuring it out will cushion the blow. But the future is always changing. The future is the home of our deepest fears and wildest hopes. But one thing is certain when it finally reveals itself. The future is never the way we imagined it.
- VITAMIN D
Sunshine is important for your immune system, promoting uptake of Vitamin D. Be careful to wear sun protection but get out a little every day into the light. This will help your mood too.
- HOME REMEDIES
Home remedies are often misunderstood. People tend to think that home remedies do no good but in reality, the remedies below can give you long-lasting results.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol
- Drink as much water as possible to flush toxins
- Eat garlic
- Eat nuts and seeds as they contain healthy fats
- Include more and more vegetables and fruits in your diet
Author bio: Michelle Hannan is a nutritionist, and she’s on a mission to give you all the information you need to lose weight successfully. She also blogs regularly at https://www.hcgdietinfo.net/