The changing seasons bring in the cooler air, along with the cold and flu season. When everyone else around you is getting sick, is there something that you can do to avoid it? The answer is “Yes!” By keeping your immune system strong, you can help defend yourself against all the unavoidable germs that are floating around!
How Does The Immune System Work? ─ In Easy To Understand Terms ─
The immune system is a complex system which fights off sickness and diseases using various methods. The immune system’s first line of defense is the skin. Skin plays a major role in keeping unwanted substances from entering our bodies. When the unwanted substances ─ say viruses and bacteria ─ do get by the skin, there are other systems in place to minimize the damage that they can cause.
Unfortunately, the strength of our immune system is not always constant. The inconsistency is due to lifestyle factors, which can either hinder or improve the strength of our systems. Therefore, it is important to take care of our immune systems, and there are steps that we can take to boost our immune systems!
5 Ways To Boost Your Immune System!
After our skin, our guts are another line of defense for our immune systems. What we eat determines if the gut produces a good or bad bacteria. Highly processed foods and foods high in sugar can help to create the “bad gut bacteria.” We want to limit this from happening by eating foods high in nutrients.
As we discussed in the post, 21 Foods That Contain The Highest Amounts Of Vitamin C, we learned that the lack of Vitamin C could lead to scurvy and a weakened immune system. So, of course, eat lots of Vitamin C which is good for you in many ways! Lots of other Vitamins and Minerals are also important for maintaining a strong immune system. One way to make sure you are getting all the nutrients that your body requires is to eat a well-balanced diet every day.
Zinc is another Mineral that is essential to the strength of our immune systems. You can get your daily amount of zinc by eating pumpkin and sunflower seeds, as well as some occasional red meat.
Vitamin E is also essential for a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is found in dark, leafy greens, nuts and seeds.
Furthermore, Vitamin A is one more important Vitamin to make sure you are getting the daily dose of. Vitamin A is found in oranges, veggies, eggs, meat, dairy and dark greens.
2. Make Sure to Exercise:
Of course, we all know that exercise is good for our overall health! Exercise also helps to strengthen our immune systems. Finding ways to exercise is extremely important. If you are having trouble getting into exercising, take a look at the post, Small Steps To Get Back To Exercising, to help out!
3. Watch Your Weight:
Maintaining a healthy body weight is good for our well-being as well as our health. Our immune systems work more efficiently when our bodies are at a healthy weight. Portion control can play an important factor in maintaining a healthy weight. Make sure you are using up your energy reserves compared to the amount of food that you eat each day. This is where exercise comes into play. For example, don’t binge out while sitting on the couch all day!
4. Maintain Your Stress Levels:
It is imperative to find ways to reduce your stress as high levels of stress will wear down your immune system and lead to illness. Stress can come from multiple factors these days, so it is important to recognize these factors and to deal with them in healthy ways. Take a look at 10 Steps To Less Stress and give these ideas a try to live a more stress-free life!
5. Get Your Sleep!
A lack of sleep triggers a response in our bodies that is the same as dealing with stress. Furthermore, during sleep, our bodies heal themselves. If you don’t allow healing to happen, how can expect your immune system to stay healthy? Make sure that you’re are getting a good, full and uninterrupted night’s sleep, each night. If you have trouble sleeping, try these 8 Steps To Help! One of these steps might even shock you!
In conclusion, all 5 steps listed here work together to boost your immune system! Make sure to improve each one, and you will have a stronger immune system in no time!
Robin, and The Zen Team!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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