What Can You Do To Protect Your Immune System?


  1.  Wash your hands

There is a reason that washing your hands is first on this list. Hand hygiene is the front lines of protecting your body from invaders. By washing your hands with soap and water you are destroying germs and keeping them from entering your body. Once germs are on your hands they can be transferred through your eyes, nose or mouth and make you sick.

  1. Reduce stress

This one may surprise people that stress can make an impact on their immune system. Well, it can in fact lower your immune systems response to foreign invaders. Studies that have looked at college student’s immune systems during finals have shown a significant decrease in immune response as well as essential nutrients that your body needs to fight off disease.

What can lower stress:

  • Reading a book
  • Taking a walk
  • Talking to friends (laughing)
  • Take a nap
  • Meditate
  • Prayer
  1. Exercise

Exercise plays an important role in staying healthy all around but it can also affect how well your immune system works. To give your immune system a boost you don’t need to do heavy exercise. Walking as little as 30 minutes a day can do the trick.

Exercise can:

  • Temporally increase your body temperature which can kill off infections.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Increase circulation of white blood cells.
  • May help clear lungs of bacteria.
  1. Eat a balanced diet

Deciding what foods to eat can make a huge impact on your health. To allow your immune system to function at the top of its power you need to avoid certain foods. Alcohol, sugar, and fried foods can all cause your immune system to slow down and use your body’s stores of antioxidants and vitamins. Instead, you want to make sure to pick foods that will boost your vitamin and antioxidants such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and whole grains.

  1. Don't smoke

Everyone knows smoking is not good for your health and can increase your chances of heart disease, cancer, or respiratory diseases. However, studies have found that smoking can also affect your immune system. It isn’t completely understood but it is understandable that the chemicals in cigarettes can wreak havoc on your ability to fight off disease.

  1. Sleep
Sleep might be one of the best things you can do for the health of your immune system. Sleep isn’t just something we do at night because we are too tired to stay awake. Sleep is when our body is hitting the reset button. When we are asleep our body is able to repair cell damage throughout our bodies including our immune system. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep a day, but for those with chronic conditions it may actually be more.
  1. Don’t compromise yourself

This one is really simple. Stay away from people that may be contagious.

If you have to be around people

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands often
  • Do not touch your face
  • Stay at least 6 feet away