To your surprise, many of your daily habits have a huge impact on your health. Check out this list to see how you are destroying your immune system and what you can do about it.
You stay up too late
Lack of sleep takes a toll on your immunity. Poor sleep is associated with compromised immune system function and reduced numbers of killer cells which are responsible for fighting germs. Research found that men who slept only 4 hours a night for one week had only a half of the amount of flu-fighting antibodies in their blood (jump-started by a flu shot) in comparison with men who slept 7.5 to 8.5 hours. Generally, the average person needs 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted rest every night. However, a better indicator would be your energy level in the morning and throughout the day. If you are tired when you wake up in the morning, you are either not getting enough sleep or not sleeping well.
You use public pens
You can easily get sperm from hand-to-hand contact. Instead of using the provided pen at the bank, use your own pen to lower your risk of picking up viruses. So, every morning before you leave your house, put a pen in your bag and take it with you wherever you go. Even if you are at the doctor’s, don’t assume your doctor’s pens are clean, always use your pen.
You drive everywhere
Not exercising is probably the easiest way to hurt your immune system. Research suggests that exercising, even just brisk walking, improves immune function almost 2 times. For a better protection against diseases, have 30 minutes of aerobic exercise to give your immune system a lift. As convenient and comfortable as driving could be, it actually do more harm than good. Try to be more physically active and your immune system will be grateful.
You take a lot of antibiotics
Frequent use of antibiotics can result in medication resistance, which means, over time, your body will not response to those drugs anymore. The infections you get later will be more serious. Scientists noticed a decrease in the levels of cytokines (cell signalling molecules that influence the communication between cells in immune responses) in patients who take antibiotics. This does not mean you shouldn’t take antibiotics. If you have a bacterial infection, you need antibiotics. But it’s important to follow the prescription strictly. Also, don’t share your medications with others or save antibiotics for later use.
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Review Date: June 22, 2017 | Last Modified: June 22, 2017
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