How can you improve your immune system? On the whole, your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. Is it possible to intervene in this process and boost your immune system? What if you improve your diet? Take certain vitamins or herbal preparations? Make other lifestyle changes in the hope of producing a near-perfect immune response?
Like any fighting force, the immune system army marches on its stomach. Healthy immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment. Scientists have long recognized that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Whether the increased rate of disease is caused by malnutrition’s effect on the immune system, however, is not certain. There are still relatively few studies of the effects of nutrition on the immune system of humans.
FAST FACTS TO BOOST IMMUNE SUPPORT
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
- Try to minimize stress.
The fast facts are typical of what we all strive for to keep our body running at its best, while we sometimes fall off the wagon due to many and varied circumstances, it’s still important for us to remember to get back into balance.
Having a healthy immune function will be so important when challenged with bacterial or viral invaders. Our Immune system actually has an inbuilt memory of previous attacks by external invaders and knows from previous experiences how to deal with these unwanted visitors.
Herbal Medicines are available as are vitamin and mineral supplements when and if dietary changes lack certain ingredients to support the body.
Keep a close on any recurring infection or symptom that is not responding to treatment and take time to speak to your healthcare provider if you find the problem getting worse.
When embarking on any immune support program, always check that the products you are considering are made and supplied by a reliable and qualified source and most importantly read the label.
Keep happy and healthy.