7 ways you may be damaging your bodies immunity

There are a few things you can avoid or change in your lifestyle to help boost your immunity and lower your risks of catching a nasty bug or virus.

Simple things like changing your diet and exercise or making sure you are getting enough rest could be the difference in staying fit and healthy or being laid up in bed for days.

7 ways you may be damaging your immune system

Poor diet

We know that avoiding added sugar and ultra-processed foods are beneficial for your health.

Ultra-processed foods include:

Junk foods
Sweet or savoury packaged snacks
Ice-cream, chocolate, confectionery
Biscuits and cakes

Simply replacing your food choices with “real foods” such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy, fresh vegetables, and fruits will lead to weight loss and boost your immune function.

Try the Chicken and Veg Lasagne from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Lack of exercise

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The health benefits of a regular exercise routine are widely acknowledged. Any exercise is better than none. Get out for a walk, do some squats or go for a jog.

Lack of sleep

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Research suggests that 40 percent of us are getting insufficient or poor quality sleep. Poor sleep has also been linked with obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

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When we are stressed, the immune system suffers too. Try and limit the stress in your life as much as possible and learn some relaxation techniques to help combat your mood.


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Not getting enough fluids

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Yes, it seems simple enough, but if you’re not drinking enough water you are not flushing the toxins that can attack your immune system.

Too much alcohol

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Anything more than 1 or 2 standard drinks a day can have an impact on your immune system. Mix it up with some Sparkling water and lemon or even a Sparkling apple juice.

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written by:

Tracy Hardy

Tracy has been a digital content producer for the past 9 years. Mum of two boys, slowly finding her way through the tween and teen years at the same time. Beach lover. Terrible housekeeper. Tea drinker. Wine sipper, who sadly can't eat cheese or ice cream. Life is cruel!