Health is supposed to be at its peak while we are young. However, many young people suffer from recurring illnesses because they have a weak immune system. The good news is there are many things that can be done to boost the immune system, which reduce the chance of getting sick.
• Follow a Healthy Diet
Following a healthy diet is one of the best things you can do to boost your immune system. In fact, it is estimated that 80 percent of the immune system is inside of the gut. That is why we should follow a diet high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
• Increase Physical Activity
Regular physical activity can boost the immune system. It can also reduce the risk of a number of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Keep in mind that you do not have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of exercise. The American Council on Exercise recommends you get a moderate 150 minutes of exercise in per week, and/or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise every week.
• Get Tested For Allergies
Many people have a weak immune system because of allergies. If you are not sure about whether you have allergies, then consider seeing a specialist like the Oak Brook Allergists about allergy testing.(1) Getting tested can help you identify if there are any substances you should be avoiding so to remove them. You may be surprised at just how much of a difference this can make.
• Do Not Smoke or Drink
Alcohol and cigarettes can also weaken the immune system. Cigarettes increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. There is no safe amount of cigarette smoke. If you are a smoker, consider quitting. There are many resources that can be used to quit smoking. Talk to a doctor about what you can do to quit.
Your health will likely not suffer if you are a moderate alcohol drinker. However, excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of heart disease and liver problems. Try not to have any more than two drinks per day.
Recurrent illnesses are a sign of a weak immune system. Fortunately, you can decrease the chance of an illness coming back by following a healthy diet and staying active. As well as avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake. Furthermore, if you have not been tested for allergies, you may benefit from speaking with a physician about getting tested. ♥
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