Carrying extra weight can impair your immune system and make it harder for your body to fight off infections. Keep these tricks in mind to weather the season change and boost your immune system.
Get regular exercise: Getting your heart rate up for just 20 minutes three times a week can help increase immune function, improve your sense of well being and sleep quality. If the cold weather is stopping you from an outdoor jaunt, take a trip to the local mall (sans shopping) to walk the concourse.
Eat brightly color fruits and veggies: Vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and zinc—found in many bright colored fruits and vegetables—can help neutralize free radicals so they can’t damage cells.
Get adequate sleep: You’re more likely to catch a cold or other infection when you’re not getting enough sleep, so make sure you’re getting enough—usually 7 to 9 hours for an adult.
Get connected: Studies show that people who have strong social networks and feel connected to friends have stronger immunity than those who feel alone. Nurture your relationships, make new ones, and re-connect with friends you haven’t seen in a while to boost your mind, body, and spirit.
Have a knee-slapping good time: Laughing—or anticipating a funny event—can decrease levels of stress hormones and increase white blood cells that fight infection. So get together with friends and family and have a great time!