Written By Mikkie Mills / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
For many people, the immune system usually does a good job of protecting our bodies from disease. Unfortunately, there are those times that you do manage to catch a really bad cold or the flu, leaving you to wonder if your immune system could use some support.
Furthermore, a global pandemic has caused many folks to turn their attention to their ability to resist disease and think of ways to make their bodies more resilient. What steps can you take to improve your body’s response to sickness?
Here are some things you should know and keep in mind.
Although there is much more research needed to fully understand the connection between exercise and immune health, there is evidence that a consistent routine of physical activity supports a healthy immune system.
Exercise has been shown to increase the flow of blood during muscle contraction. This also increases the number of immune cells that circulate the body and detect pathogens that cause disease.
A study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that subjects who performed aerobic exercise five days or more per week experienced less occurrences of upper respiratory tract infections over a twelve-week period. Consider getting into a regular exercise routine
A healthy, balanced diet helps strengthen your immune system. Eating foods that are rich in certain nutrients can help your body fight off infections.
Citrus fruits which tend to be high in vitamin C have a strong reputation for fortifying the immune system. Other nutrients such as vitamin A, E and antioxidants are also noted for their contributions in keeping the body healthy.
Look to increase your body’s sickness-fighting ability by creating a well-balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, grains and other high-quality meat sources. The more complete your food regimen is, the better chance you have of making sure that you’re not getting too much of certain nutrients and not enough of others.
In spite of your best efforts, it’s difficult to get all of your recommended daily intake of nutrients through food alone. Supplements can help you fill nutritional gaps in your food intake.
While you can buy supplements that offer multivitamin benefits, you can also find products that are designed to help strengthen your system. Probiotic supplements support your system by providing certain bacteria strains that can aid in treating certain immune-related conditions.
Consider going with a greens powder product that leverages the power of organic, botanically sourced ingredients for a strong immune system.
Dehydration has a negative impact on your immune system. When you’re dehydrated, the overall volume of blood and lymphatic fluids is reduced, critically affecting your body’s ability to transport nutrients and rid itself of toxins and wastes.
A strong immune system requires regular hydration through drinking of water. It’s important to have the blood volume needed to properly circulate essential nutrients to the various body parts. Consider increasing your intake of water as well as healthy foods that are high in water volume such as certain fruits and leafy vegetables.
Proper rest is crucial to your body’s ability to fight infectious diseases. Research shows that people who are sleep-deprived are more likely to get sick after being exposed to viruses and bacteria.
A lack of rest also impacts your recovery time when you are sick. As you slumber, your immune system releases cytokines which are proteins, some of which help your body fight infections.
Moreover, a lack of sleep can result in a decrease of disease-fighting antibodies. Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep. Consider these tips if you’re not getting enough rest each night.
The immune system is an important part of your body’s ability to stay healthy. It should come as no surprise that many of the tips to boost immune health also support overall health.
Regular exercise, proper diet and nutrient intake, hydration and good sleep are all important to a lifestyle that supports immune health.
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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and DIY. When she's not writing, she's chasing the little ones around, walking her dog, or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.