Top 10 Things Which Harm You Immune System
Mar 16, 2020 - Nisha -
We are learning everyday about how important is our immune system in current out break virus worldwide called Corona or COVID-19 and good immune health is the best defense against this virus. However immune system is very important for all type of disease so it is necessary to keep check on the fact that whether you are keeping it healthy or harming it in any way.
Apart from the basic things to do as protection against this virus, you should also strengthen your immune system and keep away from the things which can harm it. In today's post we will share 10 top things which can weaken your immune system.
As water makes 60% of your body weight and is main chemical component in body, it is also very important for immune system. Drinking more water will flush out toxins from your body and less toxins leads to healthy body and ultimately healthy immune system. A healthy person should drink 6 to 8 glasses of pure water a day while during any health issue like cough, flu or stomach disease, quantity should be increased.
2. Processed Foods / High Sugar Foods
Nowadays as much as we have tons of option of fast food, people are becoming aware of how bad they are for your health. They not only increase the amount of bad fat in your body but also are source of toxins. Make sure to eat plenty of organic veggies, fruits, herbs, and spices and keep the intake of processed foods and sugar to minimal.
3. Deficiencies in Nutrient and Probiotics
If your body is not absorbing the nutrients from the food, it required, you body can fall for many disease. This can be due to diet which lack necessary nutrients or you might have gut leaking which effects your digestion and your intestine leak the food in blood causing the inflammation and weaken your immune system. If you feel that you have gut issue like gas, bloating etc, then eat food to heal your gut first and add the nutrient rich vegetables and fruits in your diet.
Apart from that you might know that our body contains microbiome or healthy bacteria in different regions including your gut, mouth, nose and skin which are all important for your immune system. Their presence in right quantity will help your body to fight against bad bacteria and virus like COVID-19. To maintain your healthy bacteria presence, add probiotic food in your diet which contains live culture like yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, fermented vegetables and grains etc
It is a no brainer that smoking is most hazardous to your health. Cigarettes when burned create more than 7000 chemicals. Many them are toxic and seriously compromise the immune system. You are not only compromising your health but also who inhale that smoke in your vicinity. This smoke can harm your lungs, liver, throat etc. It is better to make effort to quit smoking for your and others health sake.
5. Excess Alcohol
This is also not a new thing and every one know that alcohol intake is not good for you as well, in fact it is a toxin that compromises your immune system. The excess amount can damage your organs including liver.
6. Lack of Proper Sleep
Getting proper sleep is also very important for your immune system. If you are not waking up feeling fresh everyday then you are not getting good night sleep. It is also important to sleep at same time and wake in morning at same time so that your body can tune up to this routine. When your body relax at night, it can recover form many environmental effects and even can reverse it. Sleeping is an automatic system to recharge your body and keep it healthy.
7. Chronic Stress
Avoiding stress on daily basis for different things is little impossible, however extreme or chronic stress can be very harmful for your health. In fact more nutritionist are suggesting that in current situation don't fear overtake your nerves because your will damage your immune system.
8. Not Enough Physical Activity
Exercise is one only for losing weight, it is also very important thing to build strong immune system. It is not necessary to hit gym everyday, a good walk every day for half an hours is quite good, if it is brisk walk then it is best. However you can add any steps as you like but it is better to keep your body moving and brain active. You can also add yoga or meditation in your routine.
9. Toxins in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
The natural practitioners suggest that you should not apply any product which you cannot eat as the skin also eats the things you apply on it which absorbs and transfer to blood stream. In fact it is more harmful then eating through mouth because when you eat, liver can filter the toxins but your skin directly put the toxins in your blood. These toxins not only effect your immune system but also can disturb hormones or create inflammation in body. So if there are ingredients which are toxic then you must steer clear of such products. In fact you should stop using chemical laden products and try to use more organic and natural products.
10. Toxins in Home Cleaning Products
Like your self car products, home cleaning products are also laden with chemicals which might not enter your blood through skin but those chemicals linger in air for longer and you inhale them on daily basis. These products can damage your liver and can also cause as respiratory issues. And as you know that toxins can weaken your immune system making it hard to cope up with new disease when you have toxin build up in your body. For the alternative approach try to use natural product recipes like baking soda, vinegar, and certain essential oils.
These are the basic things you can avoid for better immune system. Make sure to add physical activity such as yoga, mediation, or just getting familiar with nature, get proper sleep and make habit of healthy eating and avoiding excessive intake of processed food, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
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