4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System & Stop Sickness in its Tracks

Do you realize how astounding your immune system is? It’s your body’s natural shield against flu, colds, strep throat, fever and other sicknesses. No matter what time of year it is, your body can be susceptible to germs and bacteria that make you sick. And no one wants to be sick.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you should sit back and wait for the inevitable. Be proactive. By naturally boosting your immune system now, you can avoid a nasty illness this year.

Just follow these tips:

1. Start taking a supplement.

Zinc, selenium and vitamin D are known for boosting the immune system. Specifically, a 2013 review of 17 studies found that taking zinc supplements within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms reduces the duration of common cold symptoms.

Tip to remember: Supplements are beneficial in moderation. Never take too many multivitamins or other supplements. Follow the directions for use on the bottle.

2. Eat foods with certain nutrients.

Being malnourished is one way to hurt your immune system. It needs lots of nutrients and vitamins to be as strong as possible. Make sure your diet includes moderate amounts of the following vitamins: 

  • Selenium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Tip to remember: In a broader scope, having a well-rounded diet filled with fruits and vegetables is always a good route to take to strengthen your immune system.

3. Cut back on hand sanitizer.

Yes, hand sanitizer is known for killing germs that cause illness. But studies have shown that only hand sanitizers with 60 to 95 percent alcohol are effective at killing germs. Those with lower alcohol concentrations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control states, may cause germs to become resistant to the sanitizing agent. Plus, hand sanitizers are less effective at bacterial removal compared to regular soap and water.

Tip to remember: Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. In circumstances when you can’t wash your hands, opt for hand sanitizer. Just don’t swap the antibacterial for soap.

4. Drink more water.

Getting plenty of H2O is a no-brainer when it comes to health. Why? Because water makes your body stronger. It helps you build muscle by carrying more oxygen to your cells. It also flushes toxins out of vital organs. Since the sun’s rays are most intense around June, this is especially important in the summertime. 

Tip to remember: The Institute of Medicine states that men should drink about 15 and a half cups of fluids per day. Women should opt for about 11 and a half cups per day.

These immune-strengthening tips may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget them until after you get sick. Don’t wait. Make your immune system stronger today. 

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