6 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Immune System
Now more than ever we must understand that Our Health Is Our Wealth. Our immune system is essential for our survival. Without an immune system, our bodies would be open to attack from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and more. This vast network of cells and tissues is constantly on the lookout for invaders, and once an enemy is spotted, a complex attack is mounted.
Following a diet rich in antioxidants is essential to supporting your immune system. Abundant in many fruits and vegetables, antioxidants combat free radicals—chemical byproducts known to damage DNA and suppress the immune system.
The good news is that regular moderate-intensity exercise confers several benefits to the immune system. A 2019 study shows that moderate exercise mobilizes immune system cells, helping the body defend itself against pathogens and cancer cell growth. Those who regularly engage in this type of exercise have fewer illnesses and less systemic inflammation.
Chronic stress can have a negative impact on immunity. Addressing chronic stress is something you can take action on. To keep your stress in check, incorporate a relaxing practice like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing into your daily routine.
Another healthy habit vital to preventing sickness is getting a full eight hours of sleep each night, which may help regulate immune function.
Simply keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to ward off illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Make sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds using warm water and soap before preparing food or eating, as well as after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, or touching public surfaces.
Herbs and Supplements
Although scientists have yet to determine whether Vitamin C can enhance immunity, there’s some evidence that this antioxidant can reduce cold incidence.
By: Clayton Sizemore, Mindful Movement Florida