How to Boost Your Immune System
Six natural ways to make your body resistant to germs and disease, so you can live a longer, healthier life.
Step 1: Get moving
Get moving: Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise will do. You can even split it into three 10-minute bursts of activity.
Step 2: Laugh it off
Find something to laugh about every day – even force it if you have to. Real or fake, laughter strengthens your immune system by increasing good-for-you hormones and reducing stress ones; lowering your blood pressure; and slowing your resting heart rate.
Step 3: Look at the bright side
Train yourself to look at the bright side. Optimistic people were two and a half times less likely to develop cancer of any kind than their pessimistic peers, according to one study.
Step 4: Make time for friends
Make time for the friends you have and cultivate new ones. A study found that seniors with a lot of pals were 22 percent less likely than their less social counterparts to die during the decade when they participated in the study.
Step 5: Eat well
Eat a healthy diet: at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day focusing on the antioxidant powerhouses; complex carbs, fatty fish, and a few cups of green tea at least two times a week; a daily handful of nuts; no more than one glass of alcohol per day; and a limited amount of meat and sweets.
Step 6: Catch your zzzzz's
Get at least seven hours of sleep every night, more if you can.
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