I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I become ill. I lead a busy life and having to stay home in bed means that I can’t accomplish anything. My work begins to back up, and I’m pretty much useless for a few days. On the plus side, it means I can get plenty of rest and play all kinds of games on my iPad!
Still, I would much rather not get ill and spend my time doing productive things. If that sounds like you, I’m willing to bet that you will do whatever it takes to stay fit and healthy. Keep reading to learn the secrets of protecting your body’s immune system. Don’t worry; you don’t have to resort to buying a hazmat suit!
Avoid Smoking and Drinking
Two vices that many people around the world have are smoking and drinking. Yes, they might be accepted social practices. But, the long-term effects to your health are often devastating. In some cases, it can even lead to cancer.
As you can imagine, smoking and drinking are pretty bad pastimes to take up. If you want to make your immune system as strong as possible, it’s best to not smoke or drink at all.
Stick to a Calorie-Controlled Diet
If you are overweight, you are more likely to become ill. A simple Google search will reveal many of the medical conditions you can expect if you’re not at your ideal weight. That’s why it is essential that you stick to a calorie-controlled diet.
By staying strict with what you eat, you will ensure that you only consume food that is healthy for you. Ditching junk food and eating more fruit and vegetables in your diet is one thing to lower your calories. Another is to avoid food that is high in fat and cholesterol.
Don’t be Promiscuous
OK, so now we move onto a somewhat taboo and seldom talked about subject in some parts of the world! One of the biggest threats to your immune system is who you choose to get intimate with, believe it or not!
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about the importance of protection when it comes to sleeping with other people. But here’s a fact that few people will know about: you can get ill by just kissing someone!
An interesting article over on the www.wellzone.org website talks about mononucleosis, a virus that anyone can get regardless of age or gender. It most commonly gets transmitted by kissing other people (i.e. through saliva).
If you are planning to get intimate with someone, make sure you’re careful with who you spend time with!
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Get Plenty of Sleep
Last, but not least, it’s important that you get plenty of sleep each night. Why? Well, for a start, you will feel more mentally alert the next morning – and that’s useful when you’ve got to head off to work!
But, the main thing is that sleep helps your body to rest and build up its immune system. Most people need between seven to eight hours of sleep a day.