As the weather cools down and the common cold becomes, well, common, we all want to boost our immune systems. Sure, an apple a day will help keep the doctor away (as will loads of dark green leafy veggies!), but here are 5 more surprising ways to pump up your immune system to help you stay healthy this season!
Sweat. Exercise increases infection fighters in your body – meaning you’ll not only get sick less, but also you’ll fight off illness faster if you do! In fact, studies show that working out at least 5 days per week can decrease your sick days by 43% if you do get sick!
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Sleep. If you sleep les than 7 hours per night you’re 3 times more likely to catch a cold than the sleeping beauties out there who get a full 8 hours of zzz’s! So, consider this the permission you’ve been waiting for to hit snooze one more time.
Massage. Studies show that just a half hour massage can help activate important immune-boosting cells. So, pamper yourself and head to the spa. Or, at the very least, give yourself a free massage using tennis balls!
Laughter. Getting a good chuckle is known to lower the levels of stress hormones responsible for hindering your immune system. So, make a habit of calling your funniest friend or watching a comedy for a healthier you.
Sex. Having sex once a week or more has been linked with higher levels immunoglobulin A, an antibody that can protect you from getting colds and other infections! So, get frisky (and healthy)!