How to Boost Your Immune System
Your immune system is made up of lots of individual parts, which all work together to protect you from infection. Due to its complexity, even scientists don’t fully understand how it all works, but they do know that following a healthy lifestyle will help support each function of your immune system.
Top Tips for supporting your immunity:
- Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and minimise your intake of processed foods
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce stress
- Follow good hygiene practices
- Cut your nails (it may sound like a strange one, but longer fingernails can become a breeding ground for germs)
- Avoid smoking
- Limit your alcohol intake
And there are a few things you can do to stop germs spreading, if you do get ill:
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue and away from other people
- Don’t reuse tissues
- Don’t go into work (and avoid public places, if you can)
- Regularly clean surfaces and door handles around your home
- Wash your hands regularly to minimise the spread of germs
Boosting Your Immune System
Boosting Your Immune System – Thyroid
The most common issue with the Thyroid is that the body doesn’t make enough hormones from the thymus, these hormones are very important in cell function and many bodily functions.
Hypothyroidism affects more ladies than men. It can have an impact on metabolism, skin, hair nails, muscle cramping and energy levels. It can also be associated with heavy periods and out of the blue constipation.
If any or some of the above are present its important to talk to a GP.
Diagnosis is usually by blood test and medication called levothyroxine is prescribed. This medicine comes in different strengths and the Dr will adjust the dose to get the right blood levels. Symptoms should start to improve after a while.
Boosting Your Immune System – Immunity Improvement
Your immune system is a network of cells, organs, proteins and antibodies that work to protect you against bacteria, viruses and parasites. Whilst we usually only think of our immune system when we feel ill, it’s actually working every day to keep us safe.
Boosting your Immune System
Boosting Your Immune System – Hayfever
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, usually when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants.
Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it’s warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.