Written by Darlene Zagata in Health
Viewed by 60 readers since 08-22-2009
One of the keys to good health is a strong immune system. If your immunity is functioning at optimal performance it will fight infection by preventing bacteria and other “bugs” from taking up residence in your body. If you seem to catch every “bug” that comes along, your immune system probably needs a boost.
There are several ways to boost your immune system simply by paying attention to your body’s needs and treating yourself to some tender loving care. There is some truth to the old saying, “you are what you eat.” Diet is an important factor is the functioning of the immune system and overall body function as well. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. They really are healthy for you. Limit your consumption of processed snacks such as potato chips and other junk foods. Reserve trips to fast food restaurants for occasional treats. Eat a salad filled with healthy greens rather than ordering pizza or take out. Snack on fruits such as blueberries, which are loaded with vitamins and Herbs such as garlic, goldenseal and oregano have properties that can help boost immunity.
The body needs sufficient sleep and rest for optimal function. People often don’t sleep enough for various reasons such as a newborn child or long work hours but getting adequate sleep each night is vital for overall well being. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body feels drained and tired. The body rejuvenates itself during sleep so make sure you get enough rest. Even taking a short nap can make a difference in how you feel and how your body performs.
Exercise is just as important as proper diet and adequate rest. It’s also a great way to boost the immune system. You don’t have to go to a gym to work out but increasing your physical activity is beneficial to your immunity and your body in general. Walking is an excellent form of exercise for those who want to increase activity but aren’t sports minded or athletically inclined. Fresh air and sunlight are also beneficial in keeping the immune system healthy. Walk when you can instead of taking the car.
Drink plenty of water. Substitute water for soda, coffee and other beverages. Water flushes toxins from the system, boosts immunity, and keeps the body well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is good for the skin and other bodily organs.
Learning how to combat and manage stress can improve the functioning of the immune system. Chronic stress can have an adverse effect on the body. Stress has been associated with a host of health conditions including headaches, high blood pressure, reduced immune function and much more. We can’t always avoid stress but we can learn how to manage it. Yoga, meditation and other techniques can be beneficial in relieving stress by relaxing the mind and body. Smoking and alcohol consumption can also affect immune function. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake if you want to boost your immune system.