Dealing with Cancer: Healthy Habits to Improve Your Immune System

September 30, 2019

Your immune system is your body’s security system against all infections and harmful diseases. It is responsible for fighting off viruses to keep you healthy and fit. However, when a person gets diagnosed with cancer, the situation becomes slightly complicated.

Impact of Cancer Treatment on Your Immune System

Many cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and high doses of steroids can weaken your immune system. As a result, you become more prone to catching more infections which can weaken you further. To prevent this, immunotherapy treatment was developed. This treatment aims to boost your immune system to help you fight cancer.

Healthy Habits to Improve Your Immune System

There are plenty of healthy habits which you can incorporate in your lifestyle to strengthen your immune system.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and a strong immune system. Make sure you include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to make it rich with nutrients.

Fresh citrus fruits and vegetables like garlic, spinach, ginger contain many valuable vitamins which help build up your immunity. Green tea is also full of antioxidants which are very beneficial for your health. Always remember that your diet must be well-balanced and full of variety for it to boost your immune system efficiently.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is another healthy habit you must adapt. People who don’t get enough sleep usually have higher levels of stress hormones which can lead to health problems further down the road. Furthermore, you are at higher risk of catching infections if you are sleep deprived as your body will be weaker.

This is why you should make it a habit to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.  This will help keep you healthy by boosting your immune system.

Exercise Regularly

Whether you are someone who is healthy or someone who was recently diagnosed with cancer, exercise is always a good idea. For a healthy person, exercise can help you control your weight and minimize the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases. It will contribute to your overall health and stay fit. It will also help your body generate chemicals which make you feel healthy and energetic.

For a cancer patient, exercise is the key to faster recovery. Many doctors recommend daily mild exercise on a daily basis to prevent appetite loss and strengthen muscles.

Don’t Indulge in Smoking

It is universal knowledge that smoking is bad for health. It has been proven to increase the risks of developing lung and mouth cancer. However, quitting smoking is far easier said than done. Just know that you’re putting yourself at the risk of developing a fatal disease like cancer by smoking. Ask yourself if it’s really worth it just for a stress-relieving moment of pleasure. 

Get Vaccinated Regularly

Many serious infections can be prevented by timely vaccinations. You must have heard the saying prevention is better than cure. Well, we suggest you implement this in your life. You can contact a professional doctor to sign up for cancer vaccines that will help your immune system. They will prevent cancer cells from developing in your body or quickly alert your immune system to fight them.

Last Few Words

Incorporate these simple healthy habits in your life to boost your immune system and live a long healthy life. Your health is your biggest asset in life and you should do everything you can to protect it.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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