5 Powerful Immune System Boosters
People tend to look for ways to stay healthy longer. We are more cautious about what we eat, how much we exercise, and how much stress we endure.
In this day and age, people don’t have the time to get sick as our lives tend to increase in pace.
However, you still want to live a long and healthy life. A significant part of this wish is to have a robust immune system. That way, we can scare the diseases away as long as we can.
So you look for the healthiest meal options and you have your trainer set up to guide you.
Is it enough?
Is there something else you should be implementing in your daily routine? Well, the answer to that question is yes.
Here are the top and most powerful immune system boosters!
It may be a little bit unconventional, but you have to know that stress is extremely dangerous.
Not only to your mind but to your body as well. Chronic stress raises the level of hormones called catecholamines.
Being nervous most of the time leads to increased levels of the T cells, which suppress the immune system.
In simple words, stress makes you less protected against viral illnesses. Like respiratory conditions like flu and seasonal. Chronic stress also leads to the release of a molecule involved in allergies called histamine.
Fortunately, you can fight stress with strategies like deep breathing and meditation. Just a few minutes a day can do wonders for the strength of your immune system. To be honest, your sanity too.
A sip of green tea
Start your morning with a cup of quality green tea, and forget how it feels to be sick. Green tea is full of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant.
So it is also pretty helpful for your skin cells. However, you should know that green tea also has high levels of epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, and it has been proven to enhance immune function.
Why green tea in particular?
The fermentation process that the black tea goes through destroys a lot of the EGCG and green tea is steamed. The epigallocatechin gallate is preserved.
This lovely brew is also a source of the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine helps in the process of production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.
Be aware that there are different types of green tea, including matcha, so make sure to choose the one with the highest nutritious quality.
We all heard it at least once, in a lifetime, laughing keeps you healthy. As with every old saying, there is some truth to that.
The results of a study suggest it actually can strengthen your immune system. In this study, healthy men watched a funny movie. Their attitude and laughter boosted natural killer cell activity.
When they were watching an emotionally neutral film, the scientists didn’t see such results.
This study is not a piece of definite scientific evidence, but it is telling.
Besides, any reason to have more fun is excellent. If you can help your immune system on the way, then why not?
Spice it up
There are many spices recommended for strengthening your immune system. Though none of them are as effective as turmeric.
You probably tasted it in a curry sauce, but you should eat it more often than just on Indian takeout day.
This bright yellow, bitter spice has been used for decades as an anti-inflammatory. It is effective in treating both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Research also suggests that high concentrations of curcumin, which gives turmeric its distinctive color, can help decrease muscle damage related to exercising.
This spice will add flavour and colour to your food, and keep you on the healthy side.
Yes, this is not a mistake or a typo; intercourse can really help your immune system out.
According to research, those people who have practice this once or twice per week have the highest levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA).
IgA is an immune molecule that helps to protect you against minor illnesses like the common cold. It seems like doing it two times a week is the magic number.
People being less or a lot more active have a lower level of IgA.
So if you want to live a long healthy life, engage in some additional activity with your partner. It will keep your IgA levels high.
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Being healthy is a process. You won’t get back in shape in one day, and the same rule applies to your immune system.
Taking care of yourself should be everyone’s priority, and with these tips, you will be on the right path to achieve that.
Having a powerful immune system will keep you out of health troubles for years. It is definitely worth it to invest in yourself. That way you can stop wasting time and money on doctor appointments and medication.
Stay well and healthy!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.