The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony.
Our body’s immune system, made up of a complex network of tissues, cells & organs, is our built-in defence against disease and infection.
The choices you make in your diet & lifestyle play a major role in maintaining your immune system as well as strengthening it. When your body is dealing with factors such as high stress, an unbalanced or unhealthy diet, and food sensitivities, your immune system can then be negatively impacted and overworked.
- A menu plan for staying well nourished includes getting enough protein, vitamins, minerals and water. Make sure you eat a nutritionally balanced diet of fresh foods. Foods that are highly processed or that contain a lot of sugar, salt and “bad” fats should not be usual items on your menu.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
- Iron is a vital component in maintaining and boosting your body’s natural defences. Protein is important for regenerating healthy new cells, while antioxidant Vitamins A- necessary for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, Vitamin C-improves antibody and T-cells – the cells that battle invading organisms that manage to enter your bloodstream & help to fight “free radicals, and Vitamin E- protects your skin. B-Vitamins also help your body to fight stress.
- Boost your immune system by finding ways to by physically active on a regular basis. Exercise not only keeps your body physically fitter, it also assists in reducing stress & improving sleep, both helpful in providing your body with the environment it needs to defend against disease and to heal.Try to maintain a healthy weight.
Choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines to keep your immune system strong & healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies.
9 October 2013