10 Ways You Weaken Your Immune System

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Your immune system is constantly working, fighting, changing, and growing in order to keep you safe from dangerous bacteria, even allergens, so that you can stay alive. We really do take our immune systems for granted until they stop working.

Everyone knows that washing your hands, especially before eating or after using the bathroom, is a great way to help your immune system by killing off germs and bacteria before they enter your body. However, sometimes we do things that actually weaken our immune system and we don’t even know it.

Staying healthy involves a lot more than just using hand sanitizers and avoiding those who are obviously sick. Some of your favorite foods, simple things you don’t pay much attention to, and everyday habits are having a powerful effect on your immune system, more than you can imagine.

Keep reading and see if you are guilty of any of the following habits that are tying up your immune system.


1.  Being a Hermit

Humans are social creatures, even if our internet habits are making us otherwise. Human interaction, face to face, not text to text, leads to a reduction in stress. One study shows that the more personal interactions we have, the better our chances of leading a long, healthy life. One study that involved 276 subjects between the ages of 18 and 55 found that those who had 6 or more personal connections were as much as four times better at fighting off cold viruses.

No one is saying that you have to be a party animal or join a bunch of online dating sites; you don’t even have to have your in-laws over for dinner every Sunday, but avoiding all human contact except for what is absolutely necessary so you can watch Dr. Who and The Walking Dead marathons uninterrupted is not doing your immune system any favors.

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