When it comes to the immune system, it seems the term ‘boost’ is everywhere. Articles cascade across the internet.
A healthy immune system may not prevent you from getting infected with the virus, but it may help some patients recover faster.
Our 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.
Most health-conscious people take steps to protect their immune health as part of their everyday life, without realising it. Diet, exercise and adequate sleep play a well-documented critical role in maintaining overall wellness. In fact, these habits form the foundation of good health. But as the pandemic showed us, many of us are looking for other tools to help support our overall immune health.
Here’s an overview with more top tips for how you can support your immune system:
- 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
- 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