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7 Lifestyle and Eating Habits that Weakens Your Immunity

  • Highlights

  • Excess sugar and alcohol can affect the cells in your immune system

  • Lack of adequate rest or exercise produces stress hormones in your body

  • Too much salt and fast food can weaken your immunity

  • Better lifestyle habits can protect you from various diseases

The superhero that helps you fight all the infections including the one which is most in the talks currently, coronavirus, is your IMMUNITY! We all are aware by now, that a stronger immunity plays a crucial role in protecting you from the deadly virus and warding off other health problems. Many might have searched what shall help build a stronger immunity and even started acting upon them. But have we given a thought on what compromises it? Let’s have a look:

Health Rx

 

1. Excess Sugar

Sugar not only harms your skin and diet plan but also reduces immunity. It affects the cells in your immune system that targets the bacteria. It can also trigger low-grade inflammation in the body. One need not remove sugar entirely but should limit it to 6 tsp for women and 9 tsp for men per day.

2. Drinking too much Alcohol

The sales of alcohol have spiked, which concerns the health experts as the increased alcohol intake can make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19. Alcohol has adverse effects on the cells of the immune system, making it difficult to defend the infections.

3. Not Resting Enough

When an individual doesn’t sleep enough, the body produces stress hormone which may cause more inflammation. Getting 7-9 hours of sleeps is good for general health.

4. Stress

We all know that stress puts a huge negative impact on the immune system. Chronic or continued stressful conditions may lead to reduce capacity of the fighting cells and the overall effectiveness of the immune system.

5. Too much Fast Food

High in fat, carbohydrate and salt load in the fast foods, puts the immune system to action. This constant and prolonged state of ‘high alert’ of immune system leads to its deterioration.

5. Excess Salt

Apart from high blood pressure and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, excess salt can weaken the immune system.

6. Lack of Exercise

Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. A study has proved that moderate form of regular exercise reduced the incidence of respiratory diseases. COVID-19 being a type of respiratory disease, it is better we fight it off by doing some exercises at home.

Take care of your immune system, and it will take care of you! Avoiding or limiting the foods that are harmful and incorporating better lifestyle habits will protect you from various diseases and not just the coronavirus.

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