Effective Everyday Actions to Improve Immunity

Reduce Stress

Close your eyes. Count to ten. Whatever you do, stay calm. Stress can weaken the immune system transiently but significantly. Employ a number of different stress reduction techniques to help you stay healthy and vital:

  • Abdominal breathing
  • Meditation classes
  • Read books focusing on positive thinking
  • Go out for a walk or jog
  • Hang out with people you love and whose company you enjoy
  • Think of something pleasant that makes you happy! Laugh a lot.

Sleep

Even a moderate lack of sleep can put you at greater risk of infection. In one study, adults who consistently had less than 7 hours of sleep per night were three times more likely to experience a respiratory infection. 

Exercise

It can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise, especially in winter, but think about this. Even short bursts of exercise give your immune system a temporary boost.

When 500 adults were tracked for 12 weeks, those who were the most physically active had only half the number of days sick with a respiratory tract infection, compared to those who were not active.

A word of caution

Over-exercise can deplete immunity. Your exercise regime needs to be right for YOU. Moderate exercise is always best.

Ageing

Like most parts of the body, the immune system weakens with age. That is why older people are more susceptible to infections, are more likely to get cancer and other chronic conditions. You can’t stop yourself from growing older but that doesn’t mean you have to just sit there and take it! There is much you can do to improve immunity and slow down the ageing process with herbs, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

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