Even when there is a flu epidemic or stomach bug going around, these super-healthy peeps manage to dodge all the germs and bugs we catch at the drop of a hat. Studies show that this might have less to do with naturally mutant genes (like we suspect) and are more of an effect of certain individual habits. We put together a list of 11 lifestyle habits to adopt which will turn you into an immunity superhero.
#1. Take Vitamin C supplements:
Though the jury is still out on this one, various surveys including one done by Oregon State University have shown considerable benefits of this wonder-pill to help ward off infections. Just popping one with 1000 mg or more at least twice a day is shown to help kill any bug developing in your body.
#2. Sleep the amount your body needs:
Sleep experts agree that getting the required eight to ten hours of sleep a night are essential to keeping your immunity in good shape. People who sleep less then six hours a night are 30% more susceptible to catching the flu or falling sick, so be careful to get plenty of shut-eye every night.
#3. Keep your mental resolve strong:
People who complain about falling sick at a certain time of the year are more likely to do so then those who say they rarely fall ill. The mind is a powerful thing, and it's amazing how much positive affirmations can affect even our immune system.
#4. Manage your stress:
According to Kathy Gruver, author of The Alternative Medical Cabinet, stressed out people are a lot more likely to fall sick as compared to those who manage stress in a healthy way. Daily meditation or even playing with your dog as stress-busting activities helps to strengthen your immunity.
#5. Get your protein fix:
Research shows that a lack of protein in your diet makes your immune system weak, so remember to balance your daily intake of proteins to stay sniffle-free.
#6. Don't share:
Sharing may be caring, but it's advisable not to share food, plates, drinks and other edible items, even with family members. Doing so reduces your risk of picking up infections, some of which may not yet be apparent in the person you are eating with.
#7. Wash your hands:
Staying clean is a simple and effective way to ward of germs we pick up during the course of our day. Simple activities like opening a door or sitting in public transport can expose us to a wide variety of germs. Washing our hands or using hand sanitizer regularly is a great way to help us stay infection free. Wiping down your phone regularly is also a smart way to help prevent picking up germs.
#8. Get your shots:
Though it sounds painful, getting your flu shots and other vaccinations regularly go a long way in preventing you from catching seasonal infections. A slight amount of discomfort is totally worth being sickness-free in the long run.
#9. Work out:
Regular exercise has been proven to strengthen the immune system. Hitting the gym, taking a walk, a bike ride or a yoga class at least three times a week can have a positive effect on improving your immunity and get you a healthier body. How's that for a win-win situation?
#10. Sip a cup of tea:
Drinking hot black or green tea with lemon and honey and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Lemon thins mucus, and honey has anti-bacterial properties.
#11. Don't breathe in:
In crowded places or around someone who is obviously sick, coughing or sneezing, just be smart and breathe out till you move away. Covering your nose and mouth is also an effective way of staying germ free.