In this article we will present to you which 10 things badly affect your immune system.
1. Canned food
Inside canned foods’ packaging there is bisphenol A, or BPA. This compound can harm the immune system. So, always choose fresh or frozen foods, never canned.
Take antibiotics only when you really need to, and make sure you drink the whole required dose. In addition, to restore the red flora, consume yogurt and fermented foods. Antibiotics reduce the level of cytokines – hormone messengers which act as immune system’s leverage during the disease.
3. Microwave popcorn
Packaged microwave popcorn bags are coated with chemicals that inhibit fat from penetrating into the bag. These chemicals are playing rough with our immune system. So avoid microwave popcorn, instead buy regular popcorn.
A study conducted in 2013 showed that only 100 grams of sugar intake can significantly reduce white blood cells’ ability to kill bacteria. Sugar’s compounds start acting this way within the following 5 hours. Make sure you especially avoid sugar during season of colds and flu.
5. Polluted air
Polycyclic aromatic compounds which come from contaminated air are unhealthy for the immune system. So, always check the local level of pollution and avoid going out when there is high concentration of harmful compounds in the air.
6. Lack of sleep
Lack of sleep can reduce the number of cells that fight infection. Researches have shown that people who sleep only four hours during the night have reduced number of antibodies that fight against the flu by 50%.
Water and other fluids clean the body of harmful toxins and bring nutrients to every cell in our organism. Most of us spend the day mildly dehydrated, and we are not aware of that. If the color of your urine is dark yellow, drink more water. Pale yellow urine is a sign of good hydration of the body.
By using toxic insecticides in the household and garden you are increasing the risk of autoimmune diseases. Those who use insecticides at least 6 times a year are 2.5 times more likely to develop lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Those who did not use insecticides themselves, but let the job to be done by experts, were two times more likely to develop lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
9. Antibacterial soaps
Research has shown that children exposed to antibacterial chemicals are prone to food allergies and environmental pollutants. Children with higher levels of triclosan, chemicals from antibacterial soaps, have increased risk of allergies. Wash your hands with plain soap and water.
10. Pots and pans
Some of the chemicals which can be found in microwave-plastic bags can also be found in pots and pans made from the non-stick material as well. If you own such pans, as soon as you notice scratches, replace them with glass, cast iron or stainless steel ones.