Our body is constantly in contact with bacteria, viruses, radiation and pollution. Therefore, we need a strong defense system to protect us from getting ill. Strong and healthy defense systems consist of the intact physical defense system (skin and mucous layer) and the healthy immune system.
A strong immune system is critical to keep you healthy all year long. People with poor immune health will have a higher risk of getting sick when they are exposed to cold or flu viruses, having infections that are more frequent, longer lasting or harder to treat or have an allergic reaction that affects the body.
To boost our immune system, we can adopt a healthy lifestyle and focus on nutrient-rich food in our daily lives:
- Aim for five servings of vegetables and fruits daily to get the immune-boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C play an important role in immune function, providing antioxidant protection from free radicals and reduce the risk, severity and duration of an infection. Bioflavonoids are important synergistic phytonutrients for defense system, and for enhanced Vitamin C absorption and utilisation.
- Find healthy and appropriate ways to cope with stress, such as meditation. Physical activities are also a good way to manage stress and help reduce some risk of chronic diseases.
- Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each day.