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. It is our immune system that keeps us healthy as we drift through a sea of pathogens.
A healthy immune system protects us by first creating a barrier that stops those invaders, or antigens, from entering the body. And if one slips by the barrier, the immune system produces white blood cells, and other chemicals and proteins that attack and destroy these foreign substances.
A strong immune system is one of the biggest advantages for humans and there are many steps individuals can take to help strengthen their immune systems to help fight infections and reduce the risk of contracting highly contagious diseases.
How can I boost my immune system naturally?
Getting plenty of sleep (8 hours a night)
Eating a nutritious diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
Getting natural sunshine (or supplement with Vitamin D)
Doing regular meditation or Yoga
Take supplements such as B12, Vitamin C and glutathione which have been proven to help strengthen the immune system
Maintaining a healthy weight
Things that diminish an efficient immune system are emotional or physical stress and these should be actively managed.
Gut health is also very important so taking probiotics and reducing alcohol consumption is vital.
What are the signs and symptoms of a weakened immune system?
Stomach complaints – diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence. Up to 70% of your immune system is located in your gut so maintaining good gut health (lots of friendly gut bacteria) is essential for strong immunity.
Slow-healing wounds – your body relies on healthy immune cells for healing, sending nutrient-rich blood to the injury to regenerate. Your skin is unable to heal or regenerate quickly when the immune system is low.
Frequent infections – repeated infections such as ear, respiratory, coughs, colds and influenza and requiring more than two courses of antibiotics a year, are signs of a compromised immune system.
Fatigue – when your immune system is low, so are your energy levels as your body is trying to conserve energy to power your immune system to help protect against infections.
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