Boosting the immune system is the key to protecting yourself from infectious diseases that are caused by living organisms like viruses and bacteria.

Not only is health considered wealth. It is, in fact, one’s chance of survival during a pandemic outbreak.

These kinds of illnesses can be passed from person to person through body secretions like saliva and blood transfusion.

Examples of these are novel coronavirus COVID-19, SARS, influenza, tuberculosis, Hepatitis A and B, and the common cold.

Our immune system is the first defense in fighting infectious diseases. When it functions well, it can detect viruses, bacteria, and parasites. And upon detection, it has the ability to destroy them right there and then. So to prevent getting sick, we must boost our immune system.

But how?

We have compiled below simple yet effective ways on how to stay healthy and catching prevent infectious diseases.

  • Eat Good Food.

Generally, we think that good and healthy food is expensive. It is. If you choose to buy in the grocery and organic shops, it would definitely cost a fortune. But if you opt to buy in the local farmer’s markets, it won’t be the case. Purchasing goods that are in season not only costs less but are at their freshest stage making them more nutritious and beneficial when consumed.

And if you plant your own fruits and vegetables, as well as have your own poultry farm, your expense would definitely be a lot cheaper. Grow as much as you can in the space you have no matter how small it is. Plant a sunny windowsill with salad veggies and herbs, grow a container garden on a balcony or turn your yard into a mini-farm. It would definitely make a difference in eating your own produce.

And in effect, you get to do the second equally important way of living well and that is, staying active to prevent yourself in getting infectious diseases.

  • Do some exercise.

Being physically active can lower your risk of contracting infectious diseases. It can also prevent common ailments that can cause early death like coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and colon cancer.

Taking a brisk walk during your break will give you the boost you need despite being busy with work. Try keeping walking shoes in your car to encourage yourself for a quick stroll in between breaks.

You may also take the stairs instead of the usual elevator in your office once in a while. Riding your bike as much as possible and having a garden to maintain will keep you going, too.

Finding a fitness buddy (or more) will urge you to get moving. If you work from home, you may download a fitness app on your smartphone.

Adopt an active hobby like hiking, nature photography, indoor rock wall climbing, martial arts, and dance classes.

  • Have enough sleep.

Often taken for granted, having at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night is prime. Your quality of sleep directly affects your physical and mental health. It also influences your brain and heart health.

Although your brain stays busy when you sleep, it does a body check in preparation for the day ahead. So if you lack sleep, it will greatly affect your day-to-day living. Your appetite, productivity, vitality, and even immune system can go down and can increase your risk to catch infectious diseases.

Don’t wait until you’re sick before developing good habits and routines.

Remember, prevention is better than cure. Prevent being afflicted with infectious diseases by shielding yourself with the proper attitude and a healthy lifestyle.

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