Increase your resistance to minor ailments and allergies. There are many things you can do to help boost your immune system. Not only will this increase your resistance to minor ailments and allergies, it can also improve your general health and wellbeing.
# Stop smoking.
# Decrease intake of junk and processed foods and increase intake of fresh fruit and vegetables and wholegrains for lots of immune boosting nutrients. For more information, have a look at Nutrition.
# Cut down on tea, coffee and alcohol. Replace them with lots of good quality water, fruit juices and herbal teas.
# Take regular exercise to stimulate circulation.
# Get sufficient sleep in a well-ventilated room.
# Get regular sunshine and fresh air.
# Practise stress management and relaxation.
# Allow time for leisure pursuits.
# Only take medicinal drugs such as antibiotics when absolutely necessary.
# Avoid recreational drugs, which may suppress immune function.
# Use immune-boosting herbs such as echinacea and astragalus at first sign of symptoms (don’t take these continuously, though, as they’ll lose their effectiveness).
# Use nutrients such as selenium, vitamins A, C and E (antioxidant and protect against damage from free radicals), zinc and magnesium (protect against colds)