7 Ways to Support Your Immune System
Probiotics are a great way to build the gut health that you need to fend off many ailments that develop from a broad variety of infections. This allows your body to resist the development of ulcers, fight off stomach flu, prevent fungal infections throughout the body, and even reduce sinus headaches.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that many of us neglect. In our present society, people spend more time indoors so they receive far less of the ‘sunshine vitamin’ that the body uses to actively build immune systems. Vitamin D fortified foods are a good start, but it may be necessary to supplement with a form of the vitamin that your body can readily absorb. Talk to your doctor about vitamin supplements.
Stress is like a thief that we live with, even making jokes about how this thief is in our lives. Stress robs our body systems on so many levels that can’t be covered in this article. However, reducing stress is something every one of us can do. It may not be possible to change a stressful work environment. It is always possible to change a stressed out attitude. Practicing breathing exercises, exercising to burn off anxiety, and actively changing habits and behaviors that add extra stress are all within the control of the average person. Reducing stress will have the positive effect of freeing your immune system to work at its most effective.
This is so simple yet incredibly effective. Washing hands regularly throughout the day simply removes pathogens before you catch an illness. Washing hands will dramatically reduce the number of ailments your body is exposed to. This isn’t a direct boost to your immune system, but it is a way of protecting it as it protects you.
Exercise boosts every system in the body. Your heart grows stronger and you are less affected by stress, disease, and microbes that can attack the heart. Your lungs are strengthened to reduce bronchial infections. Circulation becomes more efficient. Your immune system responds by regulating the various kinds of cells it produces in a more balanced way.
Cut Smoking and Alcohol
The hazards of these practices are well researched. The advantages of never starting with either are apparent, but stopping them will produce both immediate and long-term benefits. As with any addiction, something has taken control of your body systems from your own brain and body. This will never provide healthy support for your immune system.
Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
In a society of fast food and processed dinners (and their advertisements), it can be hard to see the excitement of a fresh apple or a colorful salad. These foods provide support to the immune system in their most whole, least processed forms. Berries can have antioxidants which support healthy cell growth. Dark greens build blood. Variety is important for a well-rounded diet and balanced immune system.