Hello Doctor brought to you by Dischem – Immunity
Nobody plans to get sick. On the contrary, your efforts to avoid it sometimes seem borderline OCD: Don’t sneeze into your hands, always cook your chicken to exactly 170 degrees, and hose down every germ-carrying preschooler in sight with soap and water. So what are you doing wrong? Probably nothing. But you can do a few more things right.
Regular increases the release of those famous feel good hormones, endorphins. These natural hormones pump up your sense of well being and improve sleep quality, both of which have positive effects on your immune system.
Eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg also keeps your immune system in tip top shape. Top antioxidants include vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. Don’t forget the garlic too – it won’t only chase away vampires (and potentially anyone else who gets too close), but does a good job at chasing away most bugs too.
And finally, take a deep breath and smell the roses. Chronic stress suppresses the immune system, so techniques to reduce stress can in return help get your immune system back up to its super sonic strength. And what better way to beat stress than by a good, long belly laugh? Laughing decreases the levels of stress hormones in the body while increasing a type of white blood cell that fights infection. In fact, even just anticipating a funny event can have a positive effect on your immune system.
See, another reason you should be laughing at your father in law’s lame jokes!