Staying healthy doesn’t require any magical pills or potions. What it does entail is being a little more cautious about your hygiene and self-care. Here are 5 proactive tips to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong.
#1 Work Out From Home
Stay healthy by working out from home. Working out helps flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways and boosts your immune system—your body’s defense against infections.
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#2 If You’re Not Feeling Well, Don’t Work Out
Working out when you’re feeling sick increases your risk of dehydration and can leave you feeling worse, especially if you have a cough or fever. By going to the gym when you’re sick, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, you’re putting fellow gym-goers at risk of being exposed to your germs. So, if you’re feeling under the weather, don’t work out, get some rest, drink plenty of fluids and stay at home. The most effective way of preventing the spread of germs is to skip the gym and stay at home when you’re not feeling well.
#3 Get Enough Sleep
A good night’s sleep plays a vital role in promoting good health. Sleeping strengthens your immune system and helps protect your physical and mental health. According to medical advisors, “it’s imperative that your body gets seven to eight hours of rest per night to fight off infectious diseases.” Allow yourself as much sleep as possible, especially if you’re feeling ill.
#4 Eat Natural Foods
To stay healthy and boost your immune system, focus on the consumption of natural foods. If it grows, flies, swims or runs, it’s natural. Eat things like lean proteins, green leafy vegetables and complex carbohydrates (brown rice, whole grains, sweet potatoes, etc.). But even more important than eating the right things is eliminating the wrong things. Try to limit the following from your diet:
1. Anything on an ingredients label you can’t pronounce
2. Artificial Sweeteners
4. High-fructose corn syrup
5. Hydrogenated fats and oils
6. Foods with additives or preservatives
7. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
#5 Stay Hydrated
Water helps flush toxins from your body and ensures that your cells stay oxygenated to function properly. Not only that, staying hydrated helps maintain the mucous membrane in your nose and decreases irritation when coughing, sneezing and breathing. Staying hydrated also helps you absorb all those nutrients from the natural foods you’ve been eating. So, drink up. Consume between 2-4 liters of water per day to stay healthy.
Focus on what’s under your control. You can control what you eat and drink, how often you work out and how much sleep you get. Prioritize your health by exercising regularly, getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated and eating natural foods. Following these 5 easy ways to stay healthy may help to improve your immune response and decrease the severity of any viral illness.
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