🏋️♀️ Regular Exercise
Exercise is one of the most effective ways of preventing a cold. When you work out there is an increase of white blood cells circulating around your body which can improve your body’s ability to fight infection.
😰 Manage Stress
When you’re stressed there is an increase in the hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels over a long period of time can lead to a less effective immune system.
💤 Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep can be a key contributor to colds and flu because there is a reduction of infection-fighting antibodies and cells when you’re tired.
So, if you’re feeling a little run down opt for an early night over a Netflix binge.
💧 Drink More Water
Staying hydrated is really important for your immune system, because it helps your kidneys flush toxins out of the body.
🍺🔻 Drink Less Alcohol
Drinking alcohol can damage the cells in the body that help the immune system. So, too much alcohol over time can increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections.
🍏 Eat Healthy Foods
A lack of vitamin D can lead to a weak immune system.
Foods like egg yolks, mushrooms, salmon and tuna contain vitamin D, so make sure you include these in your diet. If you don’t eat those foods you could also consider a vitamin D supplement. Choose a supplement that contains D3 (cholecalciferol), because it’s better at raising your blood levels of vitamin D.
🍵 Drink Green Tea
Green tea contains a high level of antioxidants, called flavonoids, which have many health benefits, including boosting your immune system.