Your immune system is what helps you stay healthy. It fights disease, infection, and aids in recovery from injury.
You have the ability to impair or improve your immune system.
Lets look at some ways you can boost it.
We all deal with stress, to a greater or lesser degree. We can’t avoid it. Too some people, stress is a debilitating burden that they feel is dragging them down and destroying their ability to enjoy life. To others, stress brings out the best in them, inspires their competitive juices, and gets them going. They thrive on it.
Stress can negatively impact so much in your life.
- Your cardiovascular health
- Your eating behaviors, and the quality of your diet
- Your body weight
- Your energy levels
- Your mood
- Your focus
- Your relationships with others
- Your ability to communicate
- Your sleep
- How well your immune system works
- Your digestive helath
- And more!
I think stress can be a good thing, if handled properly and coped with. Living through stressful situations can give you an inner core of strength that will serve you well when another crisis happens. You can’t let stress build too high, though. You have to get away from it occasionally, and let it drain away. Having an outlet for stress, like meditation or yoga, or a relaxing hobby, or strenuous exercise can help your immune system stay healthy. Even healthy eating can improve your ability to manage stress.
Exercise strengthens the body. It helps relieve stress, helps maintain or reach optimal weight, and aids the circulatory system. It also strengthens the heart. On top of all that, exercise improves your immune system. Then there are those if us who think it’s fun!
How does exercise do that? Exercise improves your strength, coordination, and overall health. Your muscles are designed to be used, and when used at a high level, they respond with improvement. Consistently done, exercise improves the body’s ability to do even more exercise, and more exercise raises our feelings of well being. I think we can tone our immune system as we are toning our muscles.
Any old exercise just won’t do. You need to pick the kind of exercise that is right for you. You need to enjoy it, or it’s just a chore. My favorite exercise is cycling. I wrote a post about it. You can read it here.
A sedentary lifestyle slows body functions down and decreases our ability to fight off infections and diseases. Get up and move!
Sleep? Who needs it! Well, we all do! Sleep allows us to rest and rejuvenate the body and the mind. Not getting enough sleeps slows down our mental capacity and our ability to think clearly and make good decisions. It can lead to sickness, because the immune system hasn’t had a chance to rejuvenate. Your body is more susceptible to sickness when it’s tired and fatigued from lack of sleep.
When you are sick, it’s important to rest. Sleep allows your body to focus on fighting your sickness. Whether you’re healthy or sick, sleep is important. Be sure to get enough sleep.
When we eat wholesome foods that provide adequate antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need, we maintain and strengthen our immune systems and our overall health. The problem is, we’ve become a fast food society. Fast foods are loaded with too many carbohydrates and fats. They taste good, but aren’t that good for us. Here are some of the benefits of healthy eating:
Seafoods such as salmon, sardines, and even oysters provide omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, and EPA.
Vegetables like sweet potatoes and red bell peppers provide vitamin A and vitamin C. Lentils contain necessary minerals. Ok, I’ve got to admit here that I don’t like sweet potatoes and I don’t like lentils. Still, they are healthy for you.
Just about any fresh vegetable and unprocessed meat or seafood will provide essential nutrients for the body, and the immune system. I like apples, grapes, oranges, cherries, pears, plums, and just about every other fresh fruit. As for vegetables, I like most of them fresh, like broccoli and cauliflower, carrots and tomatoes. One of my favorite sandwiches growing up was fresh salted tomatoes and mayo. I still like them.
A good nutritional supplement can aid your diet. It can provide the vitamins and minerals you don’t get with your meals. A good multivitamin can help too.
One way to get good nutrition is use an app called eMeals. You can choose your meal plan from over 15 options, and eat healthier. I wrote a review of it. You can read it here.
Here’s an interesting You Tube video on some foods that help boost your immune system. If I didn’t say anything, you probably wouldn’t notice, but the video creator spelled “blueberries” wrong. Nobody’s perfect.
I hope you found this post helpful. If you did, please leave me a comment.
Thanks for reading.