Right now we’re all on a hunt for the secret to a strong immune system. But the truth is a strong immune system is a byproduct of a combination of lifestyle factors (Spoiler alert: there are no quick fixes). We’ll cover the three science-backed lifestyle changes that improve your immune system over time, whether or not you’re living through a pandemic.
Why does every health-related question always come back to sleep? Because your sleep affects everything from weight to cognitive functioning. If you want to optimize your body’s natural processes, a good night’s sleep is an absolute must.
Research shows that foregoing sleep can cause immunodeficiency and inflammation, which is totally not what you want right now (or ever, TBH). Most adults need 7 to 9 hours, so make hitting the hay your #1 priority, even if you’re in the middle of your latest Netflix marathon.
Did you know exercise is good for you? Of course! But did you know it’s also great for your immune system?
Exercise is defined broadly, so find an activity you love and do it. Even engaging in 30-minutes of brisk walking can have a cumulative effect, so get out there and get moving!
Fuel Your Body
Monitoring your sugar intake is a prerequisite for all kinds of health, so naturally, it's important for your immunity, too!
Research shows that consuming over 75 grams of sugar can negatively affect your immune system. Why? Because excessive sugar consumption can affect the function of the immune system cells that attack bacteria. While stressful times may tempt you to reach for your sweet du jour, it won’t provide the nutrients your body actually needs.
In a not-so-shocking twist, a veggie-rich diet is a way to go for a strong immune system. Fruits, veggies, and protein all provide the nutrients your body needs to be in tip-top shape physically and mentally.
When combined, sleep, exercise, and nutrition all contribute to a strong immune system, no gimmick or quick fix required.