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Boosting Your Immune System

Boosting immune health is a topic of conversation, which is high on many people’s list of goals for themselves. You may be wondering how you can help your body fight off illnesses. Or how can your diet or vitamins help boost your immune system. In general, our bodies, or immune system, does an admirable job warding off harmful pathogens or disease-causing organisms. However, sometimes there are germs that get in and cause us to be unwell. A study from Harvard Health Publishing says boosting your immunity is enticing, but is hard, and easier said than done because there are so many intricacies. However, the first thing you can do to keep your immune system strong and healthy is choosing healthy lifestyle habits. In fact, choosing healthy lifestyle habits will improve many other areas of your body. Here are some tips for keeping your immune system strong. Remember, these strategies provided below may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19.

Sleep Better – Sleep and good health go hand-in-hand. A body with adequate rest will keep its immune system strong. Poor quality sleep can make the body a higher susceptibility to illness.

Adults should strive to get at least 7 hours of sleep. Which can be tough if you work or have children. But more sleep is important and taking the time to rest will help your body perform better in general. Teenagers and children should aim to get 8-10 hours of sleep. While young infants should get more than 10 hours of sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, try to stop eating before bed and shutoff the phone, computer and television. Another tip is to go to bed around the same time every night, so that your body naturally builds a routine.

Exercise – Physical exercise is one of the healthy life choices that can support your immune system. Exercising increases your resilience so your body can combat those pesky infections. By taking time to exercise a few times a week, you’ll benefit your body’s function overall. You may notice you have more pep in your step, or start feeling stronger. There are various recommendations for exercising, like once a day. The key is to find a routine that works for you. Whether it is going on morning walks before work, or stopping by the gym after you get the kids from daycare.

Eat Whole Plant Foods – Fruits, nuts, seeds, veggies and legumes are rich in nutrients and antioxidants like vitamins C, E and minerals that can give you the upper hand when it comes to those harmful pathogens. Some studies showed that people with low intakes of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables were at greater risk for developing these chronic conditions than were people who ate plenty of those foods. The best is to incorporate a few fruits and vegetables into your daily meals.

Reduce Stress – Studies show there is a link between stress and the immune system. When we experience stress, our bodies produce stress hormones which can affect the immune system. Without a doubt we all have stress in our lives. The key is to find ways to manage it better. Everyone is different. Some people may want to try meditation, or gardening, while others may go to the gym or find someone to talk too. The point is to explore ways that work best for you.