The immune system is a complex part of the human body. Just like your daily workout routine, we need to take care of our immune systems (to avoid those nasty cold and flu viruses). From the grocery store basket to the shopping mall escalator, everything we touch…others have touched as well. As we all know, with that contact come those dreaded germs. So, let’s take a look at what we can do to help our bodies stay healthy.
Tips To Boost Your Immune System
Harvard Medical School says in “How To Boost Your Immune System,” that
“the immune system is precisely that – a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony.”
They state several lines of defense that we can do to help our bodies. Things like not smoking, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low in saturated fat are mentioned in the article. They continue to discuss how important exercise is, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood pressure, and getting enough sleep to boost our immune systems. We all know that frequent hand washing is very important, especially in flu season. It is said a great way of timing proper hand washing is humming “Happy Birthday” twice. (And that is just a fun way of “HAND”ling a chore anyway).
Foods That Boost The Immune System
There are specific foods that help in our battle against germs. According to James Schend’s article with Healthline entitled, “Foods That Boost The Immune System,” the following are listed as key players in benefiting the immune system:
- Red bell peppers
- Green Tea
You already know that drinking orange juice or getting your Vitamin C is good once you have a cold, but remember it is good for prevention as well. Be sure and read Healthline’s full article to find out why these ten foods boost your immune system. It’s really interesting to learn how these foods benefit our bodies.
Factors That Affect The Immune System
According to Webmd’s, “6 Immune System Busters and Boosters,” there are several factors that we all may fall victim to. We all have stress in our lives. That is simply a fact of life…good and bad stress. But, if left unattended, it can weaken our bodies. Webmd states,
“Chronic stress exposes your body to a steady stream of stress hormones that suppress the immune system.”
They go on to give some healthy tips for relieving your stress and, hopefully, boosting your immune system such as meditation, exercise, and counseling if needed.
Laughter Is The Best Medicine
When was the last time you heard a great joke? Did you know by laughing you’ve boosted your immune system? It’s true! When you laugh your body pumps blood faster and oxygen is pumped to your body more efficiently. Webmd tells us that,
“It [laughter] curbs the levels of stress hormones in your body and boosts a type of white blood cell that fights infection.”
A joke from Reader’s Digest:
“Doing rounds, a new nurse couldn’t help overhearing the surgeon yelling, ‘Typhoid! Tetanus! Measles!’
‘Why does he keep doing that?’ she asked a colleague.
‘Oh, he likes to call the shots around here.’”
There…see…you just boosted your immune system!
There’s, of course, no way to completely eliminate germs or the illnesses they carry. But, as we can see, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to help boost our immune systems and fight the nasty germs that lurk. It’s just simple, common-sense ideas that we can do every day to benefit us and those around us.
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