A healthy immune system benefits your body and boosts your defenses against viruses (COVID-19), bacteria, and other pathogens.

Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:

 

1. Get Good Quality Sleep

Get at least 8 hours of sleep. A study found that those who slept less than 7 hours were almost 3 times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours or more.

2. Stay Hydrated

Getting plenty of H2O is a no-brainer when it comes to health. Why? Because water makes your body stronger. It helps you build muscle by carrying more oxygen to your cells. It also flushes toxins out of vital organs. Since the sun’s rays are most intense around June, this is especially important in the summertime. 

Tip to remember: The Institute of Medicine states that men should drink about 15 and a half cups of fluids per day. Women should opt for about 11 and a half cups per day.

3. Have A Balance Diet 

Without good nutrition, your body is more prone to infection, fatigue, and poor performance. Nourish it with good quality food. Make sure your diet includes moderate amounts of the following vitamins: Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Zinc.

Tip to remember: In a broader scope, having a well-rounded diet filled with fruits and vegetables is always a good route to take to strengthen your immune system.

4. Exercise Everyday

Exercise may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting some illness. Do at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday.

5. Reduce Your Stress Load

Chronic stress suppresses the immune response by reducing our anti-bodies. Give yourself a break if you want your body to keep strong.

These immune-strengthening tips may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget them until after you get sick. Don’t wait. Make your immune system stronger today. 

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