The spring and summer months are notoriously difficult on people’s immune systems because the blooming trees and flowers introduce allergens back into the air people breathe, making them susceptible to not only allergy attacks, but germs and viruses, as well.
Depending on where you live, you will need to fight against at least one or two allergens in your area. The most common ones that cause sneezing and sniffling are tree pollen, grass pollen, mold, and dust mites. You can dust your house and monitor the pollen count outdoors, so you can avoid taking a trip to the park on a particularly bad allergen day, but boosting your immune system is the best way to ensure a healthy spring and summer.
Your immune system protects you from germs and diseases that inevitably enter your body on a daily basis. This system identifies invading microbes as dangerous to your health and fights them off before they can do any real damage. This is why we can usually touch door handles and then touch our eyes without getting dangerously ill.
Though flu season is in the winter, many people fall ill in the spring when a cold turns into something worse. But to prepare against this, and other allergens and irritants in the air, you can work to improve your immune system.
How to Strengthen Your Immune System
Because the immune system is exactly that, a system, it requires balance and coordination from different parts of your body to function properly. To ensure your immune system is operating optimally, you must adopt a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle, according to Harvard Medical School. This consists of:
- Avoiding smoking cigarettes and using vapes
- Drinking alcohol in moderation, if you do drink
- Exercising regularly and getting outside several times per week
- Eating a varied diet with substantial amounts of fruits and vegetables
- Drinking plenty of water throughout the day
- Minimizing stress levels by getting an adequate amount of sleep and developing a nighttime routine
- Maintaining basic hygiene, such as thoroughly washing your hands for 20 seconds and cooking raw foods for the appropriate time
Though these things are habits we should be forming year-round, adopting them during the springtime will help boost your immune system in time for harmful invaders.
People who are over the age of 65 should pay special attention to the health of their immune system, because it could be the difference between life and death. One of the leading causes of death among people in this age group is pneumonia-related illness, and building a healthy immune system could help defend against this fatal illness. However, this year, as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening one’s immune system, as well as avoiding exposure to the virus, is more important than ever.
A Healthy Diet and Holistic Approach
Though not everyone in the U.S. has easy, affordable access to fruits and vegetables, it is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Finding a way to gain access to these nutrients is a necessity. But if you or your family cannot consistently consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, you can substitute them with a regular, daily intake of vitamins such as vitamin A, B6, C, and E. In experiments using animals, researchers found that a deficiency of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, and folic acid had detrimental effects on the animals’ immune system. This may be translated to humans’ diets.
Some people prefer to boost their immune system through natural remedies and holistic approaches, such as by brewing homemade teas with disease-fighting herbs and spices. Should you choose to take this route, garlic, honey, ginger, turmeric, nettle, and fennel are believed to naturally boost the body’s defenses, though there are few scientific studies that defend this.
One study found that adding garlic to your diet could strengthen your immune system and break down heavy metals in your body by releasing a bacteria-killing component called allicin. Mixing stinging nettle into a smoothie or brewing a tea with it has been known to boost your natural antihistamines and soothe irritating sneezing and watering eyes. Just be careful when picking it out of your garden.
People in India have known for years about the wonders of turmeric, adding it regularly to their daily dishes. But did you know it’s so powerful it might suppress anaphylactic shock? One study from 2015 found this to be true.
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