Boost Your Immune System
Boost Your Immune System
The body’s immune system provides the ultimate protection against illness and infection, and it’s more complex than you might realize. The large network of organs, tissues, and cells works together to keep you healthy and includes the digestive system, lymph nodes, spleen, skin, and bone marrow. Wellness depends on the proper functioning of this system, so let’s focus on some easy ways to boost our immune system.
Make an impact on your body’s ability to fight viruses and bacteria by incorporating immune boosters into your diet and lifestyle. About 70% of the immune system cells are located in the lining of the stomach, so keeping your digestive system clean and healthy is important. Choose foods that are low in processed sugar, high in fiber, and vegetables full of nutrients and vitamins for the immune system. Foods to boost your immune system can include:
- Fruits full of Vitamin C (oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, lemons, papaya, and limes)
- Vegetables (broccoli, red bell peppers, and spinach, kale, and lettuce)
- Japanese mushrooms (enoki, shitake, or oyster)
- Yogurt with live and active cultures
- Sunflower seeds and almonds
- Shellfish with zync (crab, lobster, mussels, and clams)
Creating dishes with ginger, garlic, oregano oil, or turmeric can add important immune boosters to a meal, and for an extra bonus, complement your meal with green tea full of a powerful antioxidant.
Activity, Stress & Sleep
Staying physically and mentally fit can help you maintain a strong immune system. Moderate physical activity 20-30 minutes a day can improve your body’s defense against infections.
Most of us have experienced a stressful week – work is hectic, your personal life is frustrating, and you are surviving on 5-6 hours of sleep a night. As soon as the week is over and the stress has dissipated, we come down with a cold. Stress can have a negative effect on the immune system, but it can be a challenge to eliminate it from our lives altogether. Instead, try to focus on some ways to alleviate stress, such as working out, practicing yoga, meditating, and making time for friends. Positive social interactions can help lower your risk of feeling depressed and anxious. Laughter is a great way to reduce stress hormones.
Do your best to find peace within your mind and body, get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep that will boost your immune system, and keep eating nutritious immune-boosting foods.