Immune system is a huge, complex network of cells, organs, proteins, and antibodies known as immunoglobulins – designed to prevent your body from invasion by bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Your immune system also shifts dead or faulty cells out of the body, and, if working correctly, it recognises normal, healthy tissue and leaves it alone.
The best approach is to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. All the usual suspects – lean meat, fish, grains, pulses, and 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Try to have a mix of colours on your plate. The wider the variety of colours you eat, the more types of phytochemicals you consume, which are essential for fighting inflammation in the body.
Water is still the best thing you can drink. Your body gets dehydrated after hours of sleep, so drink a glass of water right away when you wake up. If you struggle with drinking enough water, set reminders throughout the day or drink a glass of water before each meal.
Daily stress can overwork your immune system and drain your ability to stay healthy. That’s why it’s important to take time for self-care. Make time each day to do things for yourself. Read a book, meditate, do some yoga or simply just go for a walk.
Physical activity also boosts overall circulation, which makes it easier for immune cells and other infection-fighting molecules to travel throughout your body. Activities that get your heart pumping are best, but any exercise you enjoy is good.
In summary, a functioning immune system is essential in protecting us from illness and disease. It is essential for us to make healthy lifestyle changes in order to boost our immune systems as much as possible.
Given the immune-enhancing effects of adequate sleep, regular exercise, and good nutrition, these factors should collectively be recognized as fundamental parts of our immune systems.
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