Are you prone to getting sick or catching a cold often? Do you get sick more than 4-5 times a year? Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be prone to getting sick more often? It’s all to do with our immune systems.

The world is full of infectious diseases and viruses but with a healthy and well supported immune system we should be reasonably healthy most of the time.

Some simple changes to your lifestyle can help ensure that your immune system is in tip top shape and help protect against the flu, colds and other infectious diseases and viruses.

Here are some ways that you can boost your natural immunity:

 

  • Don’t smoke. Smoking creates a significant stress on the body and is has a very well-established link to depleted vitamin C in the body.

 

  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables: people who have poor nutrition are more susceptible to infections of all kinds.

  • Exercise regularly: moving regularly promotes good health and therefore a healthy immune system. Some benefits may come from the improvement in circulation, ensuring the different components of the immune system can reach all areas and be more effective

 

  • Maintain a healthy weight: being overweight promotes inflammation. Being underweight leaves you with no reserves. A healthy body weight gives you a happy medium.

 

  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. Alcohol is not a health food. End. Of. Story.

  • Look after your digestive health. You have more immune cells lining your gut than any other part of your body. If the gut-immunity is challenged by digestive troubles, it stands to reason that your defences elsewhere may be somewhat compromised. We can help with that.

 

  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and (politely) suggesting to your co-workers that their cold or flu is something that they are best to keep at home!

 

  • Try to minimise stress: Mind and body are closely linked, that is a known fact. What is also clear is that stress (and there are many sources of stress) depletes the body of some of the essential nutrients needed for a strong immune system.

 

  • Cold hydrotherapy: turn the water to cold at the end of your shower and give your body a thorough cool-down. This is based on an age-old practice of hot sauna followed by cold plunge-pool. The alteration to the circulation supports a stronger immune system.

 

At House of Health we have a number of extra immune-boosting strategies.  We stock our own Herbal  Immune Defence Tonic and Lyposheric Vitamin C Powder.