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One of the most important things in life is your health and the health of your loved ones. When you’re fit and healthy, it is easy to forget this. It’s something that we often take for granted. It’s only when illness strikes and our lives are disrupted that we come to appreciate how precious good health is.

Unfortunately, we can’t control everything. Some illnesses arise despite our best efforts. But there are several things we can do to prevent them and to boost our immune system.

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  1. Antioxidants

Adding antioxidants to your diet will help boost your immune system. They occur in red or purple fruit, some nuts, and dark green vegetables. Blueberries are a good source of antioxidants. Try adding a handful to your cereal each morning. Or snack on them during the day.

  1. Supplements

Some natural supplements can also help to improve your immune system. For example, tea made from reishi mushrooms has been used for its medicinal properties for over two thousand years. It has many life-enhancing benefits.

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  1. A Good Diet

The importance of a good diet cannot be exaggerated. Good health starts from within. When our bodies are functioning properly, we can fight off illness more easily. We also tend to recover more quickly. If our bodies are fit and healthy, they also tend to heal better when we do get sick.

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  1. Get Enough Sleep

The link between lack of sleep and illness is not an old wives’ tale. Our T-cells go down with lack of sleep, making us more vulnerable to illness. If we’re constantly tired, we’re far more likely to pick up an illness like cold or flu. Being deprived of sleep also impacts on our ability to get better. We often fight infection with a fever, and this is triggered when we sleep. If we’re unable to sleep, then this defense is compromised.

  1. Sunshine

Increase your Vitamin D intake by getting out in the sunshine. All it takes is 15 minutes of exposure a day. Research has shown that Vitamin D triggers our immune response and helps us to fight off disease.

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  1. Exercise

Exercise goes hand in hand with a good diet. People who exercise regularly are less like to pick up ailments such as colds and flu. If they do get them, then they are often less severe and don’t last for very long. However, it is important not to overdo it. Excessive exercise has been linked to lowered immune systems.

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  1. Quit Smoking

Cigarettes contain tar, and other chemicals which make are defenses less effective. Smoking increases your chances of becoming ill and can interfere with your body’s healing processes. It also makes you more vulnerable to several chronic and serious diseases.

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  1. Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

Alcohol has a negative impact on our immune system. Binge drinking is particularly bad for us. Research shows this negative impact can last for days after the drinking took place, making us more vulnerable to disease.

Making a few healthy adjustments to your lifestyle can increase your ability to fight off illnesses. And if you do get sick, it is likely to be less severe, and recovery is likely to be quicker.