8 Things That Could Be Damaging Your Immune System

8 Things That Could Be Damaging Your Immune System

We all know that this Coronavirus is turning this world upside down now. There are so many people that’s being affected by this virus and the numbers are climbing daily. Unfortunately, we’re hearing more and more about people dying from this virus. We all need to follow the steps from the experts but staying at home to begin with. If you have to be out, please think about wearing the masks, gloves and always wash your hands. Throughout this pandemic, we all need to boost, build and maintain our immune systems. There may be things you’re doing in your daily to damage your immune system. Peep 8 things that Could be Damaging Your Immune System.

Lack of Sleep

We all know that not getting enough sleep does damage to your body. Not getting enough sleep can make you more likely to catch viruses or germs. Your body can’t make as many infection-fighting cells and proteins called antibodies that help defend against illness. Your body releases certain proteins that help the immune system, called cytokines, only during sleep.

 

Anxiety

Stress and worrying about things can do so much harm to your body. Constant stress takes an even bigger toll and makes it harder to fend off the flu, herpes, shingles, and other viruses. Talk to your doctor if you can’t shake your worry or if it gets in the way of normal life.

 

Lack of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is good for healthy bones and strong blood cells. Vitamin D is also used to help boost your immune system. You can get it in eggs, fatty fish, and fortified foods like milk and cereal. Sunlight is another key source. In the summer, just 5-15 minutes of rays on your hands, face, and arms 2-3 times a week usually is enough. In the winter, you might need a bit more.

 

Not Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables help your body make more of the white blood cells you need to fight off infections. Fresh produce and nuts and seeds pack a lot of zinc, beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E, and other nutrients you need for a healthy body. Plant-based foods also fill you up with fiber, which helps lower your body fat percentage, which can strengthen your immune response.

 

High-Fat Diet

Having a healthy diet means so much to your body besides weight. High fat diets over time can upset the balance of bacteria in your gut that can help immune response. Look for low-fat dairy with no added sugar, along with lean protein like seafood, turkey, and chicken, or lean cuts of beef with any visible fat cut off. Also, being obese seems to make you more likely to get the flu and other infections, like pneumonia.

 

Smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for the body, but how bad is it? Nicotine from cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or any other source can weaken your body’s ability to fight germs. Yes, vaping counts, too. And it’s not just the nicotine. Other chemicals in e-liquids seem to suppress your immune response, especially when you inhale them through vaping.

 

Lack of Exercise

Regular aerobic exercise appears to help your body fight illness caused by viruses and bacteria. That’s in part because it helps blood get around your body more efficiently, which means germ-fighting substances get where they need to go. Scientists continue to study exactly how exercise helps boost your immune system.

 

Too Much Alcohol

There’s nothing wrong with having a beer or two every now and then. Just overdoing it once slows your body’s ability to fight germs for up to 24 hours. Over time, drinking too much blunts your body’s ability repair itself. That may be part of the reason you’re more likely to get illnesses like liver disease, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and certain cancers. If you use alcohol, try to keep it to one drink a day for women and two drinks for men.

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