The Immune System is a collective group of different functions working together to protect our body against various types of diseases; preventing them and fighting against them.
There are various parts of the Immune System: from the skin which protects the penetration of microorganisms to the white blood cells inside of us which engulf and digest pathogens (dangerous small things).
This mechanism of our body is essential in maintaining its well being and it is therefore upon us to take the upmost care in maintaining its condition and strength.
If you want to maintain a healthy immune system, then you must certainly take effort to ensure that you are keeping away from certain habits and actions that will cause it to weaken and decline.
You must also ensure that you implement certain actions and develop healthy habits. Following are a list of common factors you should be sure to keep out of your lifestyle and also factors you should be implementing.
a) Avoid Smoking
Major organs are attacked and major infectious diseases are caused. To mention a very simplified list of the many harms:
- Heart and Circulation damage causing: Stroke, Heart Attacks and Coronary Heart Disease.
- Brain damage causing Stroke.
- Stomach damage causing Stomach Cancer and Ulcers.
- Lung damage causing: Lung Cancer, Pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) an collective term used to describe lung diseases such as Emphysema.
- Mouth and Throat damage causing: Gum Disease and Cancer in various places such as the lips, tongue and throat. (1)
b) Take Care of General Hygiene and Avoid Exposure to the HIV Virus
Taking proper care of your hygiene would mean that you are decreasing the risk of infections and diseases. Likewise, a lack of proper hygiene would mean that you are making it very easy for your body to become ill. This would be because you are increasing the exposure to harmful substances such as a Virus.
You can read more about the importance of Hygiene on one of our previous posts: https://wellbeingfeed.com/importance-of-hygiene/
The HIV Virus is a Sexually Transmitted Disease spread through fluids including: Semen, Blood, Pre-Seminal Fluids, Rectal Fluids, Vaginal Fluids and Breast Milk. It can also be spread from a mother to her child as a result of birth. (2)
The HIV Virus attacks the Immune System hence making it difficult for the body to fight against infections.
c) Take Care of your Diet
What goes inside your body plays a huge part in determining its strength and ability to fight against diseases/infections. Therefore, you must ensure that your body is gaining the correct nutrition.
As a general tip eat lots of fruits and vegetables, minimize sugary/fatty foods and base your meals on starchy foods such as Brown Bread, Wholewheat Pasta and Brown Rice.
Find out more on the link below on the NHS’ guide to eating well:
d) Do Regular Exercise
This does not mean that you need to spend several hours at the gym every single day. Do roughly 150 minutes of Moderate Exercise every week and strength exercises involving all major muscles once or twice a week. (3)
e) Get Enough Sleep
A lack of sleep will prevent your body from carrying out basic procedures which is essential for your body to function. It will also cause you to have a lack of mental well being. This will consequently lead to stress and potentially physical injuries due to a lack of concentration.