The immune system is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders through a series of steps called the “immune response”. A healthy immune system can fight off most disease keeping you active and in your best health at all times. In today’s society where we are subjected to many toxins, stresses, distractions and poor quality food, it is not easy taking care of our immune system. To function well it requires balance and harmony. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response. In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to support your immune response
If you are constantly tired, get colds more frequently than others, have poor sleep patterns and feel under the weather, it’s likely that your immune might needs a boost.
Healthy lifestyle is one of the single best steps you can take toward naturally boosting your immune system strong and healthy such as:
- Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables
- Exercise regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Not smoking or taking drugs
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands before taking something to eat, etc.
- Try to minimize stress
- Enough water, keep good hydration, eat more hydrating foods if needed such as cucumber, celery, watermelon etc.
- Enough sleep
- Spend time in nature
- Avoid toxins (particularly chemical products) and pollution as much as possible
- Detoxing regularly
- Acupuncture to boost immunity
- Infared sauna
Along with lifestyle modification, taking some supplements such as vitamin A, C, D, E B2, B6, B12, folic acid, iron, selenium, magnesium, zinc, etc. can support your immune system to fight against invaders. Not everyone however needs all these supplements and we recommend to consult with a doctor before taking them. You may be getting enough of some vitamins from the food you eat so checking your Vitamin and Mineral profile is a good idea. Supplements shouldn’t have to be taken continuously, there is an appropriate time and quality of product depending on your condition. In fact lipid soluble vitamins ( (A,D,E,K) may lead to excess accumulation if taken for too long or with the incorrect dosage causing other problems for the immune system.