Cultivating a robust immune system is a smart objective, and the COVID-19 epidemic has acted as a vivid reminder of why.
The lower your body’s defenses are, the easier it is for whatever illness is circulating to disrupt your life — and while COVID-19 has done havoc, we’ve always been surrounded by diseases with the potential to strike us hard.
Unfortunately, at a time when resistance to illness is more important than ever, many of us have weaker immune systems than our predecessors.
However, there is no need to worry because your immune system is not broken: by addressing the causes that contribute to its weakness, you can boost your defenses and be ready for anything that may come your way.
In this article, we’ll look at five things that are causing havoc on your immune system. You can give yourself a boost if you take the necessary steps. Let we start with them:
1. Persistent Stress
We are all subjected to stress, albeit to varying degrees. Moderate stress is acceptable because it motivates you to perform well. Severe stress, on the other hand, or stress that occurs on a daily basis is a different issue. This form of stress can cause a host of problems, interfering with your body’s operations and making it tough to achieve anything.
Address the origins of your stress if you are able to. If you are unable to do so, you will need to devise techniques to change how you feel as a result of them. Learning to let go of what you cannot control is not easy (there are few things more difficult), but it is doable if you commit to the process and remain open to reflection and meditation. Furthermore, counseling is wonderful for this!
2. Nutritional Deficiency
During challenging times, it’s easy to fall into less-than-nutritious patterns, whether you’re frequently grabbing fast food after a long job or overindulging on booze on weekends — these behaviors can have a bad impact on your immune system. Include more fruits and vegetables that you enjoy in your regular meal rotation. Nothing out of the ordinary: simply do what you can. (Remember, moderation is essential!)
And, if you are unable to receive all of the nutrients you require through food alone, consider taking supplements. While you may have heard of immune-supporting vitamins and supplements mostly in the context of feeding schoolchildren (getting them to eat healthily is sometimes a chore), they are also good for adults. Even an occasional multivitamin will help, but you should visit a nutritionist to see if you have any evident deficiencies that need to be addressed.
3. Excessive sanitary practices
We’ve all established practice of continuously washing our hands (particularly in stores) because of the urgent need to keep COVID-19 at bay, so it may seem unusual — and even dangerous — to consider lowering your personal cleanliness. However, allow me to explain why this is such a big deal (and, yes, you SHOULD wash your hands often). Our immune systems evolve as a result of our exposure to the world around us: they grow more rounded as a result of protecting against a variety of low-level threats.
When you make a conscious effort to avoid anything muddy or filthy, you deprive your immune system of the experiences it needs to grow. Then, when something major happens, you fight to keep it at bay. So, what are your alternatives? To be clear, hand washing is never an issue. Hands should be cleaned on a regular basis. Furthermore, the problem is not excessive showering or bathing (albeit this is bad for your skin).
No, the problem is a lack of exposure to non-sterile environments (which is particularly acute for children these days). That is, staying away from getting wet and unclean in parks and fields, as well as developing germaphobic attitudes. As a result, if you spend too much time indoors, make time to get outside, get some exercise, and wade through some mud (before washing it off). It will be quite beneficial.
4. Inadequate hydration
We need water. We are largely composed of water: believe it or not, over half of you is composed of water. As a result, it is obvious that being dehydrated would have a detrimental impact on your overall health and the functioning of your immune system. Fortunately, and for obvious reasons, this is the most straightforward problem to tackle.
Simply increase your water intake. Don’t believe the cliche that you should drink a certain amount of cups of water every day. The amount of water you should drink each day is determined by your activity and level of exercise. If you’re thirsty, drink some water. With each meal, take a drink of water.
5. Not getting enough sleep
It’s enticing to burn the candle at both ends, and success is often associated with it. How many brilliant entrepreneurs’ fortunes have been made by working 120-hour weeks?
However, do not confuse success with health, as this type of schedule is exceedingly harmful to both physical and mental health. And when the human body is pushed to its limits, the immune system suffers.
Even with sleep medication, it is now impossible to sleep for eight hours straight every night. That’s not how things work. However, you may improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep by doing some light exercise in the evening, erecting blackout curtains, and limiting your usage of electronic devices in the hour before bed.
The more sleep you receive, the better you’ll feel and the more easily you’ll be able to fight infections.