First of all, what is ‘your immune system’ ? Your immune system involves your gut, your nerves, your thymus gland and your white blood cells. It fights germs like viruses and bacteria that cause infections and disease. Here are some of the ways you can help your immune system keep you healthy.
The largest single part of your immune system is in your gut so we will start there. Since good food is the best thing for your gut, eating good food is going to be one of the best things you can do to keep your immune system strong.
- The yellow and orange vegetables and fruits are high in vitamin A, also known as the anti-infection vitamin.
- Green veggies are high in many of the B vitamins and minerals. Blueberries are high in antioxidants that your immune system also relies on.
- Protein is also important right now. Protein foods are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, and nuts.
Healthy oils are also important for absorbing your oil soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Olive oil and coconut oils are healthier choices for cooking
Drink water because dehydration thickens blood making it more difficult for your white blood cells to travel to the invaders to kill them.
Avoid sugar and alcohol because neither of them is good for your gut. Eating sugary foods or drinking sugary sodas or drinking alcohol weakens your immune response.
5. Take a high quality multivitamin with minerals. Most of us know that taking vitamin C and zinc supplements help fight a cold. The immune system not only needs vitamin C and the mineral zinc, but also the B vitamins and vitamin D to do its job efficiently. So taking a good multi with minerals covers your bases.
6. Get plenty of sleep. Research has shown that getting adequate sleep
- Boosts immune function
- Improves memory
- Improves brain function (the brain cleanses itself while you sleep)
- Improves healing of the body from strains of daily activity
Get some sunshine when you can. If you have a yard or balcony sit in the sun on the days we have some. Or if possible, walk around the block (wearing protective gear of course). Your body makes vitamin D from sunshine which improves not only immune function but your mood as well.
Exercise strengthens immunity and can increase the number of white blood cells that fight infections. Researchers from the University of California – San Diego found that just 20 minutes of exercise has a positive effect on your immune system. An immune system boost is just one of the many benefits of regular exercise. Exercise can also improve your body composition, reduce disease risk, lower stress, improve mental health, and help you sleep better!
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