Tired of skipping days of school or work because you have a cold or a fever? Do you get the flu every year without fail? You hear about those real-life super humans who never get sick, but how do they do it? Well, it’s not genetics (at least, mostly) — they probably have these tips and tricks down to an art. It will also help you to stay healthy through the year without sickness.
Everyone goes to clinics and pharmacies at every point in time to treat ailments. In facts some people are always attacked by any seasonal ailment which could be frustrating, reducing your efficiency at work and even be emotionally tortured.
The major reason is our lifestyle, and one important part is how we take care of our environment; consisting of our immediate and outside surroundings.
Boosting Your Health with Diet and Exercise
- Consider calorie restriction.If you didn’t have reason to diet before, now you do. Research shows that those who eat 25% less than normal rarely get sick. Your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure levels will all lower, resulting in a healthier you.
But be careful. This is a diet that’s incredibly easy to do incorrectly. It is not about starving yourself — it’s about eating a little less than the average Western diet.
- Take immune-system strengthening vitamins.Before you do this, it’s advisable to talk to a doctor. What vitamins and nutrients does your diet lack? He/she will know what to recommend you. A diet that’s high in all the good stuff — especially vitamins A, C, D and iron and zinc — will keep your immune system ticking on all levels.
Many believe in sprinkling Brewer’s yeast into their morning breakfast. Just a tablespoon gives you all the B vitamins your body needs.
- Get outside.You know how sometimes you feel like all you need is a breath of fresh air? It’s your body telling you exactly what it needs! It gives you a break from all those inside germs and gets you moving — and that gives your “killer” cells a much needed boost.
Take your run to the trails! Even if it’s not workout time, make an excuse to get outside. Walk the dog, wash the car, go for a picnic, a hike, mow the lawn — just breath that fresh, clean air.
- Exercise.Do cardio workouts to get your heart pumping and your blood moving. They strengthen your immune system, in addition to helping with weight loss, inflammation, and fighting disease. But when it comes to developing immunity, it’s because it ups your white cell blood count — the stuff that fights bad bacteria and viruses.
Or do some other form of exercise that strengthens and tones your body that will also increase the strength of your immune system. As long as you’re up and moving, you’re doing yourself a favor.
- Eat healthily.The easiest way to do that? Eat less processed food. Proper nutrition will make your body stronger and help keep your immune system in good shape. Drink enough water, and try to eat organic foods — the less processing your food has gone through, the better.
Aim for color in all your meals. Green, leafy vegetables are especially full of proteins that help your immune system stay strong. But every color group has vitamins and nutrients that your body craves.
- Want a few super foods to stave off the illness? Go for apples, garlic, oranges, and ginger. They’re jam packed with immuno-building vitamins and minerals.
Boosting Your Health with Better Lifestyle Habits
- Get the flu vaccine.If all that’s not enough, you might as well just buckle down and get the shot. Contact your doctor to see if you’re a good candidate. One needle and you’ll be good for the entire year.
- Relax.One of the best things you can do for yourself is to avoid stress. Lower cortisol levels keep your body functioning as normal, but it’s also about your daily habits: when you’re stressed, you sleep less, exercise less, and eat more. Two things not good for impending sickness!
There are actually stress hormones called glucocorticoids. Over the long-term these hormones wreak havoc on your system, blocking other cells from doing their jobs. When this happens, you become more susceptible to even the weakest of viruses.
- Think positively.Similar to the distress mantra, it’s of utmost importance that you think positively. Research shows that happy people — and those who don’t worry about getting sick — don’t get sick! Turns out that positive thinkers produce greater amounts of flu antibodies, though scientists don’t really understand why. Relaxing and getting happy may be all your body needs.
It sort of makes sense — the happier you are, the less stressed you are. The less stressed you are, the better you sleep, eat, and exercise — really, the better you do everything
- Be social.Research has long shown a connection between loneliness and isolation and poor health. We as humans are meant to be social creatures — when we’re not, even our bodies suffer, not to mention our minds. So be social! Use it as excuse to go have fun with your friends. You’ll destress and get happy at the same time — double duty for your fighting responses.
Make it quadruplely effective by going outside and exercising! Grab a few friends and hit the pool or go for a hike. Do something apart from staying in and drinking the night away. Do something different!
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.Because duh. These things all wreak havoc on your health, not only leading to disease and, ultimately, imminent death, but weaken you on a smaller level every single day. They also stress you out, mess up your natural cycles, and just make simple things harder. So cut it out!
- Cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol are all toxins. They get in our systems and wear them down. Sometimes the effects can’t even be felt, but they’re there. 1 drink is okay, but not more.
Other Tips to take note of:
- Ventilate your rooms.
- Fumigate your environment regularly.
- Disinfect your toilets and bathrooms.
- Plant a fruit to increase oxygen production in your compound.
- Get a decent amount of sleep
- Practice proper hygiene
- Take your hygiene to the next level