What Your Cold Doesn't Want You to Know

Five tips to boost your immune system.

Posted: 04/22/2011 11:08 AM EDT
Colds

Have you ever been around someone who doesn’t quite cover their mouth when they cough and find yourself wanting to dive for cover so you don’t get sick? Within a week you might also be sick and miserable, stuck with that same cough. But with a few minor changes to your lifestyle you can boost your immune system and keep germs at bay.

Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against anything your body doesn’t recognize that could cause infection or disease. It’s actually a whole team of cells, tissues and organs that work together to keep you in tip-top shape. Ever wonder why you catch the receptionist’s (also known around the office as patient zero) cold but your coworker didn’t, the difference is probably a strong immune system.

Here’s a few good ways to strengthen your system now:

Stop stressing. In some situations stress can be that positive push you need to make things happen but too much stress can really affect your immune system. Set a little time aside every day to clear your head and take some time for yourself, and be sure to stick with it. It can be something as simple as taking a long bath or zoning out while watching your favorite show.

Get some. Yeah, you read that right. Sex does double duty by helping you unwind and boosting your immune system so, when done safely, it can be good for you. A little intimacy one to two times a week will significantly beef up your immune system.

Adopt a pet. Simply having a dog can boost your immune system. (Wo)man’s best friend earns his keep by offering love, exercise and better health across the board. Dogs work best but most pets make a difference when it comes to your immune systems.

Make friends. Whether you have a lot of buddies or only one friend, a particularly a strong social network, is good for your health. Science is not quite sure why but friends usually mean laughing and a support system, which are the main causes linked thus far.

Eat your veggies (and fruit). It’s really all about the antioxidants within the fruits and vegetables that your immune system feeds. If you can’t stomach the idea of eating veggies with every meal consider taking a multivitamin every day to supplement what you’re missing.

 

(Photo: Heiko Wolfraum /Landov)

 

 

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