The Simplest Ways to Boost Your Immune System by Carolyn Phoo Ngon
Updated: Jun 21
Boosting your immune system is actually much harder to accomplish than you might think and for good reason. Your immune system is incredibly complex. It has to be strong enough and sophisticated enough to fight off a variety of illnesses and infections, but not so strong that it overreacts unnecessarily. But despite its complexity, there are everyday lifestyle habits you can focus on to help give your immune system what it needs to fight off an infection or illness. Here are five science-backed ways to ensure your immune system has everything it needs to function optimally.
Maintain a healthy diet
To providing your immune system the energy it needs, a healthy diet can help ensure you're getting sufficient amounts of the micronutrients that play a role in maintaining your immune system, including:
Vitamin B6, found in chicken, salmon, tuna, bananas, green vegetables and potatoes (with the skin)
Vitamin C, found in citrus fruit, including oranges and strawberries, as well as tomatoes, broccoli and spinach
Vitamin E, found in almonds, sunflower and safflower oil, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and spinach
For our residents of Pun Hlaing golf estate and StarCity, Metro will provide an online shop offering food delivery. This service will help residents maintain a healthy diet during social distancing.
Physical activity isn't just for building muscles and helping yourself de-stress, it's also an important part of being healthy and supporting a healthy immune system. One way exercise may improve immune function is by boosting your overall circulation, making it easier for immune cells and other infection-fighting molecules to travel more easily throughout your body. At Pun Hlaing golf estate and StarCity, outdoor activities include open-air tai chi classes, yoga classes, Zumba, just to name a few.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Water plays many important roles in your body, including supporting your immune system. A fluid in your circulatory system called lymph, which carries important infection-fighting immune cells around your body, is largely made up of water. Being dehydrated slows down the movement of lymph, sometimes leading to an impaired immune system.
Get plenty of sleep
Sleep certainly doesn't feel like an active process, but there are plenty of important activities happening in your body when you're not awake even if you don't realise it. For instance, important infection-fighting molecules are created while you sleep. At Pun Hlaing golf estate and StarCity, the interiors and layout ensures you have greater peace of mind, to live The Good Life, spending time with your loved ones, and creating memories that last a lifetime.
One last word on supplements
There's no shortage of supplements claiming they can stimulate your immune system, but be wary of these promises. If you're looking for ways to help boost your immune system, consider keeping up with the lifestyle habits above, rather than relying on claims on a label.
Whether it comes on quick or builds over time, it's important to understand how stress affects your health including the impact it has on your immune system. During a period of stress, particularly chronic stress that's frequent and long-lasting, your body responds by initiating a stress response. This stress response, in turn, suppresses your immune system increasing your chance of infection or illness. Relaxing in acres of tranquil space, manicured grounds and idyllic waterfront settings, you and your family can flourish in a clean and green environment. At Pun Hlaing golf estate and StarCity, we ensure you that you are always in good company.