In addition to maintaining safe distances and washing our hands as much as possible, you can add or maintain some healthy daily habits to boost your immune system. Both regular physical activity and good nutrition are key elements to effectively promote a healthy immune system.
Regular Physical Activity
Move Every Day
Getting consistent daily activity strengthens your immune system. Increasing your heart rate improves circulation and raises your body temperature. Both of these exercise effects have a positive impact on your immune system. Try to move every day, but not every workout has to be at a high-intensity. Even moderate levels of activity can bolster your immune system.
At least thirty minutes of moderate activity every day also is an effective way to manage stress. And reducing stress hormones in your body is yet another way to strengthen your immune system.
Make sure that you’re eating enough protein, and choose lean protein sources. Protein intake is necessary as your body uses it as a source of building essential proteins in your body, which includes antibodies.
Healthy Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates tend to be high in fiber. Adequate fiber intake contributes to your gut health. And your gut is one of your body’s lines of defense against viral infections.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are high in necessary vitamins and minerals that promote a healthy immune system. Make sure you’re eating a variety of fruits and veggies throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to eat foods that are bright in color and eat a mixture of colors to make sure you’re getting essential nutrients.
Seasoning your food with healthy seasonings and spices like garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger also contribute to the health of your immune system. These seasonings tend to be high in antioxidants.
Do what you can to maintain and boost your immune system by following a consistent fitness routine while eating healthy, nutritious foods. At the same time, make sure you’re staying well hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, and continue to wash your hands throughout the day.
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