5 Things That You Didn’t Know Destroy Your Immunity
If you are like most people, you hate getting sick. You may already know that things like stress and failing to wash your hands can compromise your immunity, but here are a few things that you probably didn’t know that might effect how your body combats illness.
You Give In To Junk Food Cravings
Yes, grains are good for you and should be a part of your diet. Sorry, white flour doesn’t count. The white flour that is in some baked goods is really not good for you. This flour impairs the B cells and T cells in the body. These are very important illness busters so when they aren’t functioning correctly it could leave you susceptible to illness. A cookie or two are fine every once in awhile, but make sure that the bulk of the grains you eat every day are whole grain. Not only do they not have the impairment activity, they actually boost your immunity with super healthy fiber.
You Are Sedentary
If you spend the majority of your day sitting, you are going to have a harder time staying healthy. When you are sedentary, it slows your metabolic rate
. This causes your body to slow down its absorption of immunity enhancing nutrients to a crawl. This will lower your body’s ability to protect you from infection. Set an alarm to remind yourself to take a short break every hour and a half. Go for a five to ten minute walk. These short, frequent breaks will get your muscles active and that will get your metabolism moving too.
You Overdo The Protein
If you are a hardcore meat eater, I have some bad news for you. Animal protein has been linked to several conditions including arthritis pain, advanced aging, and negatively impacting your immune system. This is because excessive protein consumption triggers the production of the 1GF1 hormone. Keep your animal protein to about 10 percent of your daily caloric intake. This means both dairy and meat. If you still have problems, cut that in half to around 5 percent.
Sleep Is Not A Priority
You might already know that if you don’t get enough sleep
you will get sick more often, but do you know why? Glad you asked. When you don’t sleep your body’s production of melatonin is impacted. Insufficient melatonin results in your immune system’s inability to produce enough white blood cells to defend your body against bacteria. It also prevents it from repairing your body. Catching a few Zzz’s is integral to your good health. Try to get seven or eight hours of good quality sleep every night. Yes, it is that simple.
You Are A Loner
Introverts may beg to differ, but the truth is, even they need a little human contact from time to time. If you are spending most of your time alone, especially if you are feeling lonely, you are making yourself less resilient to the effects of stress. This compromises your immune system, making you more susceptible to infection. There’s nothing wrong with a little you time, and some people need more of it than others. Still, carve out a little time to spend with family, coworkers, friends, neighbors or even a book club. A little personal contact can go a long way for your health. What are your favorite immunity boosters? Share them in the comments below.