Did you know – Your Lifestyle Impacts Your IMMUNITY !!!

This pandemic was an eye opener for the world. It taught us the value of IMMUNITY and HEALTH. In my experience our lifestyle has a direct impact on our body and our immune system. Let’s take a look on those controllable factors of our lifestyle we can fix. As a result, our immune system will automatically strengthen.

Inadequate Sleep

It is important to note that your immune system isn’t just affected by the amount of sleep you get, but the quality of sleep you get as well. You need to achieve the right number of “deep sleep” hours if you want to boost your immunity. Adults, in particular, need between 7 to 9 hours of undisturbed sleep in order for their bodies to maintain a healthy immune response. If you aren’t sleeping well, you may want to try relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga. Alternatively, “switching off” from all screens approximately an hour before bedtime is also a good idea as it’s generally easier for your brain to go to sleep in a setting that is completely dark.

Lack of physical activity

Regular physical activity strongly affects your immunity and can help you to avoid infections. Conversely, if you are not physically active at all, you are preventing your immune system from building up the strength it needs to fend off harmful infections, such as a common cold and the flu. That’s why it’s important to get in the habit of staying active. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, start doing basic strength training or jogging a few times every week. Even a few minutes of daily brisk walking counts, and will eventually pay off in the form of a bolstered immunity that’s better at fending off infections.

Smoking

Hanging around smokers while they are smoking can also affect your immune system, as the substances found in cigarette smoke can weaken your body’s ability to resist infections. If you want to have strong immunity, don’t smoke. If you are a smoker, take into consideration the fact that your white blood cells are constantly playing defense, as these cells have to continuously fight off the damage caused by cigarette smoke. As such, quitting smoking is the best option for you, as it will help you to improve the strength of your immune system.

Poor diet

Constantly in a rush, no time for quality food? That’s a huge risk to your immunity! Along with stress and sleep, nutrition is a key factor linked to your body’s immune response. Food is the most basic source of energy, and also a source of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for maintaining the health of your immune system. But if you’re not eating healthy, then how can you expect your immunity to remain strong? It is that simple! So drop the bad habit of eating fast food and enjoy tasty, nourishing meals instead! Make sure you include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, which are the pillars of a healthy and nutritious diet!

Lack of vitamin and mineral

The best way to get a sufficient intake of daily nutrients is through your diet. Start by making sure you include fruits, raw vegetables and whole grains in your diet. There are various immune-boosting supplements available in the market. That doesn’t discount the fact, however, that a lack in intake of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and the like can put you at a greater risk of having weak immunity. If your diet doesn’t provide you with all the vitamins and minerals you can also opt to take a health supplement which can tip the scales of a balanced diet in your favour.

The above are the most common lifestyle factors which affect your immune health. As proper control and monitoring is key to bolstering your immunity, it may be time to drop these bad habits, immediately!

-Apurva

References:

How to boost your immune system, Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system
How many hours of sleep are enough for good health? Answer From Eric J. Olson, M.D. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/how-many-hours-of-sleep-are-enough/faq-20057898
How to prevent infections. Harvard Medical School, 2016. (Accessed 10/02/2020, at https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-prevent-infections.)
(Song et al, 2019; Patel et al 2012 and Gombart et al 2020).
Other sources:
https://www.ameritasinsight.com/wellness/health-and-wellness/lifestyle-choices-may-affect-immune-system

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