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There’s no magic way to boost your immune system, but there are things you can do to help stay as healthy as possible as colder weather moves in and your risk of catching a cold or flu increases.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can improve your overall wellbeing and in turn support how well your immune system functions. So you should aim to do the following.
Getting enough sleep helps your immune system stay strong as it provides the time your body needs to rest and repair itself. Sleep also supports the cells of your immune system to spot and fight any germs your body may come into contact with, including viruses like the common cold. It also helps your immune cells remember them so you’re in a better position to fight these germs off in future.
Following a balanced diet provides you with a range of nutrients that further support your immune system. Make sure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Regular exercise is essential for overall good health and therefore helps to keep your immune system healthy. It can also help you sleep well.
As exercise also boosts blood circulation, it may help the cells of your immune system move through the body in their search for germs.
Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. Good examples include cycling, skateboarding, hiking or brisk walking.
Stress can affect your immune system's ability to fight off infections. So finding ways to manage stress better can support your body in keeping you healthy.
If you regularly feel stressed, try practising deep breathing, yoga or doing activities you enjoy.
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