How to Maintain a Healthy Immune system



The human body is an amazing thing. Our bodies have an impressive array of defense mechanisms that they use to fight off illness. Collectively, these form our immune system. it is your immune system that ensures that any invading bugs, viruses, and bacteria have a hard time taking hold.

The immune system is one of those things that just happens inside us. It, therefore, might seem like something that is totally beyond your control. However, there are actually a number of things you can do in order to ensure that your immune system remains as healthy and effective as possible. Here are some of the most useful things you can do to keep your immune system firing on all cylinders.

Eat Lots of Fruit and Vegetables

Of course, you should be eating lots of fruit and veggies anyway! But if you need a little extra motivation to convince you to change your diet, you should know that fruit and veg are particularly good for your immune system.

Your immune system requires access to vital molecular building blocks. Many of these come from nutrients in the food we eat. It is, therefore, essential to ensure that your diet is well-rounded and balanced.

Get Plenty of Exercise

There are a number of reasons that those who exercise have better health outcomes than those who live a more sedentary lifestyle. However, the amount of exercise you need in order to reap the health benefits is much lower than many people think. If you can fit in 30 minutes of good exercise every day of the week (walking to work briskly would be enough) then you will be measurably healthier than those who don’t meet this low threshold.

Look for opportunities to fit in exercise throughout your day. Even simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can add up over time and contribute significantly to your daily total. Most smartphones now have fitness apps included as standard. If you are an Android user, Google Fit acts as a pedometer (it counts your footsteps) and also allows you to set daily goals. Similar features can be found on iPhones using Apple’s fitness app.

Try Some Supplements

There is a lot of debate about how much difference multivitamin supplements make to individual health. However, what we do know is that taking multivitamins isn’t bad for you and can help to address deficiencies in your diet. It is, therefore, worth taking a vitamin supplement every morning, along with some other supplements.

If you want to target your immune system specifically, you should look at a product designed for that purpose, such as Immucore from Blue Sky Vitamin. As well as providing you with a number of vitamins that are essential for good immune system functioning, Immucore contains a variety of other compounds that are beneficial.

Wash Your Hands Regularly

Washing your hands is essential in order to minimize the amount of bacteria that you carry around with you. Even if we can’t see it, there are bacteria all around us wherever we go. Every time you touch another surface or another person you are likely to be picking up bacteria of some kind.

You don’t need to be especially thorough in your handwashing to make a difference. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the temperature of the water that removes bacteria from your hand, the important factor is how vigorously you scrub. Make sure that you scrub your entire hand with soap when you wash your hands before drying them thoroughly with a clean towel.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

If you are eating and exercising properly, there’s a good chance that you will be at a healthy weight, or on your way towards it. Maintaining a healthy weight has numerous health benefits, boosting your immune system is among them. If this means losing weight, make sure that you approach your dieting in a careful and controlled manner.

A healthy immune system is an excellent indicator of how good one’s overall health is. When we make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, we are rewarded by a stronger and more resilient immune system. These simple tips could make all the difference.

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