Understanding The Immune System
Your immune system is your body’s defense system against diseases or illnesses, and can help you recover after an injury. Typically, the immune system does a really good job of helping you fight off unwanted microorganisms, but sometimes it fails. When this happens and a germ invades and makes you sick, is it possible to “boost” your immune system? According to Harvard Medical School, (https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system) “The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons.” The immune system is a complex fighting system, not a single entity. It’s a complex system made up of a network of cells and molecules. For the immune system to function properly (like any other system in our body) requires balance.
While there may not be scientifically proven direct links between lifestyle and a stronger immune system, general healthy living practices are always recommended for better overall health and well-being. Your immune system, along with every system in your body, would benefit from a healthier lifestyle to include the following.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat nutrient dense foods to include a variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get an adequate amount of sleep.
- Wash your hands.
- Minimize stress.
There are a lot of products that are advertised as “immunity boosters”, but as stated above, there is no scientific proof that you can actually boost, or increase, the cells and molecules of your immune system. Your body naturally and constantly produces immune cells. However, there are factors that can reduce the immune systems response such as aging, immunosuppressive drugs, and autoimmune disorders. Living a healthier lifestyle, for people of all ages and stages, is always going to be your best defense against illness and injury.
Healthier Lifestyle for Better General Health
Choosing to live a healthier lifestyle contributes to your overall general health and well-being including a healthier immune system. Changing an unhealthy lifestyle or unhealthy habits is not as easy as it sounds; but it’s never too late to start making changes to improve your overall health and well-being. If you try to make a lot of changes all at once, you could become frustrated or overwhelmed.
When thinking about your health and your choices, start by making a list of things that could improve your health and be realistic with making changes. For example, if you live a sedentary lifestyle, it’s not realistic to expect that you’re going to start exercising everyday for 30 minutes a day. Start slow. Try to get moving for 10 minutes a day for a few days and then increase as tolerated. Another example, if fruits and vegetables are not part of your daily diet, start by adding 1 fruit and/or 1 vegetable a day.
Take control of your health today. If you’d like to receive the summary of my Guide To Changing Your Life For Your Life, please send me your email address. In health – Jennifer