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Now more than ever, people are focused on their health. Getting healthy, and maintaining great health. Experts say that by boosting your immune system, you increase your chances of fighting off colds, viruses, and bacteria.
Check out these natural ways to boost your immune system and your overall performance, simply by monitoring the following:
The Foods You Eat Matter
To be your healthiest, research suggests you eat the real, all-natural foods that your body craves. Also, make sure you’re eating a balanced nutrient-filled recovery meal within 3 to 4 hours after you finish training.
Get Enough Sleep
We spend roughly a third of our lives asleep and it’s for a good reason. Our bodies need sleep in order to be healthy, strong, and performing at our peak! We need sleep to be refreshed, to help our muscles grow, to help repair our body’s tissues, and to synthesize our hormones.
When your brain and body sleep, important hormones and proteins are released. Most notably cytokines, which help your immune system fight off infection and inflammation.
If you don’t have enough water in your system, functions like digestion, absorption, circulation, and maintenance of body temperature could be greatly affected. Drinking water helps your body stabilize and maintain its fluid levels, and that facilitates essential bodily functions. And remember, you can get very sick or much worse if you don’t drink enough water.
Train Hard, But Don’t Overdo It
When you hit the gym, the goal is to train hard. To compete harder with yourself, and with your gym buddies. To give it your all. But sometimes, that can also compromise your health. Yes, go for maintaining or beating your personal best, but if you’re feeling a little off or extra-tired, don’t push yourself too hard or you might overdo it.
Our bodies need rest to function well. As bodybuilders, we sometimes don’t give our bodies the rest it needs, which can sometimes do more harm than good. When your body is exhausted, your immune system is compromised. That makes it easier to get sick.
Stress Can Cause Illness
Along with working on your physical state, you should take the time every day to work on your mental state. People who are stressed and depressed tend to get sick more often. If your mind isn’t right, then your body won’t be either. Be positive, and focus on your goals and the future. You can easily find that you achieve a level you’ve never reached before.
Just being around smoke affects your immune system, so second-hand smokers and heavier smokers are more likely to get more severe colds. When you smoke, it’s even worse. Smoking dries out your nose and affects its tiny interior hairs that are our defense against cold and flu viruses.
Drink Alcohol in Moderation
Alcohol affects the way your gut interacts with your immune system. When you drink alcohol, your body is more susceptible to bacteria. More bacteria is allowed to pass into the blood.
Excessive drinking also injures the functioning of three important cells that are found in your immune system: Macrophages, T, and C cells. If you’re truly concerned about your immune system, it’s best to limit or stop drinking alcohol altogether. That will help start further protecting your immune system.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
We’ve heard this one since we were kids, but you may not realize how important hand washing truly is, in fighting off sickness. You’re more likely to get sick when germs get inside your body. Washing your hands with an anti-bacterial soap helps protect you from getting sick, which makes it our best defense against getting sick.
Cook Meats Thoroughly
When you’re meal prepping, make sure you’re cooking meats thoroughly. If you’re short on time, or rushing, raw and undercooked meat will make you sick because of the bacteria that lives in the raw meat until it’s been adequately cooked. Once you thoroughly cook the meat, you’re less likely to get sick. And, be sure that your meat is fresh before you cook and eat it, and not past the expiration on its original market labeling. Eating expired meat can cause even more serious illnesses.
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