How to Strengthen Your Immune System
Your immune system has the critically important job of protecting you against disease causing microorganisms.
It is an efficient and powerful system...when it is healthy, kept at peak level and allowed to function at optimum ability.
Unfortunately, the modern lifestyle we lead, diet, and environment can all serve to weaken our immune system even faster than Mother Nature does, and she's had millenia of experience and is pretty good at it herself. Put her and all the other things which contribute to a declining ability in our immune systems to keep us healthy, and you have a recipe for health disaster.
It's not simpy that some common infection, which a healthy immune system might have prevented, is not good for us, but a constant lifestyle of unnecessary illness can not only weaken us and make life less enjoyable, but can actually shorten our lives.
What we need to consider is, are we doomed to slide rapidly into ill health and premature aging, or are there things we can do to reverse or prevent the process and create healthy immune systems which can help us live long and healthy lives?
Well, yes. It IS possible.
Unfortunately, did you check out that word that keeps popping up...that is, "system"?
That simple, single word implies that there is not one simple "thing" to deal with, but, a combination of inputs that no single action will be effective to accomplish.
While any single step can be of value in strengthening your immune system, you can better help strengthen your immune system through a combination of regular exercise, proper rest, appropriate nutrition, maintaining relationships with friends and family, social and pleasurable activities, and perhaps with the help of certain herbal and nutritional supplements which provide essential vitamins and minerals, but there must be a balance. That is one reason why so many disciplines such as yoga, meditation, and tai chi can be of benefit when it comes to improving your immune system. They balance the mental and physical aspects of life.
Here are some things you can do to help improve or create a stronger immune system.
If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke...good.
Make sure your diet is high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
Get regular exercise, control your weight, and get adequate rest.
Control your blood pressure.
If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.
Wash your hands regularly.
Get regular medical checkups.
Some of the priority nutrients for strengthening your immune system are:
Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, vitamins C, E, B6, B12 and folic acid. Mineral support for a strong immune system includes copper, selenium, and zinc.
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