Like with countless other health issues, the contents of your plate make an enormous difference to your immune system. “Eat a well-balanced diet with a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds,” registered dietitian Julie Lanford urges, “and you will be packing in the good things that keep your immune system strong.” Find out which foods are particularly packed with immunity-boosting nutrients, like probiotics, omega 3s, vitamins and phytochemicals.
It’s no surprise that exercise’s many benefits extend to our immune systems. “Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system,” Harvard Medical School reports. “It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.”
Get Your Sleep
“Sleep loss not only plays a role in whether we come down with a cold or flu,” Denise Mann of WebMD writes, but it “also influences how we fight illnesses once we come down with them.” Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep, with teens, kids and infants needing progressively more; see the National Sleep Foundation’s chart for recommended sleep times.
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