So you’ve been sick in bed for the past couple of days. In fact, you’ve been feeling under the weather a lot lately. And now you’re wondering what is wrong. It’s probably due to a weak immune system. What causes that, you may ask? Well maybe you’re not taking care of your body the way you ought to. Our immune system is a bodily system that fights against foreign substances that can affect our health, and our immunity can be compromised by factors you might not even realize. See if you experience these factors, and find out what you can do to counter its effects.

If you don’t exercise regularly…

Without regular exercise, your immune system is compromised. So try to look for a physical activity that you enjoy. Even just a 30-minute walk in the park can elevate your feel-good chemicals, like endorphins, and make you sleep better, which helps boost immunity.

If you lack sleep…

Notice how you feel weaker after a few days of not having enough sleep. That is a testament to how some shut-eye is good for your health. Researchers have yet to find out exactly how sleep affects the immune system, but studies have been showing that people with enough sleep have lower levels of stress hormones and fewer signs of inflammation in the body.

If you don’t eat a healthy diet…

Many wonder why a sugary food items are bad for them. That is because it hinders the immune system from functioning at its maximum potential. You need a healthy diet, complete with all the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The food pyramid wasn’t invented for nothing, you know.

If you’re a grouch…

Everyone gets stressed, but some people seem to be unable to handle it. When you’re stressed out a lot, stress hormones continue to suppress your immune system, which is why you’re always prone to sickness. It would be a good idea of you find a good way to blow off steam. Reach out to someone whom you feel you can share your problems with. If need be, sign up for counselling sessions. It also helps to laugh – genuinely laugh – because that actually minimizes a person’s stress hormone levels.

If you lack social interaction…

Speaking of reaching out to people, try not to isolate yourself. Several studies have shown that individuals develop s stronger immune system when they stay connected with family, friends and other loved ones.

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