Your immune system is your first defense against illnesses and infections. When it is working properly, it should protect your body from potential pathogens like viruses and bacteria that enter your body and may cause you harm. It is your body’s system of defense.
While your defense system is normally enough to conquer most pathogens, it never hurts to give your army a boost. Here are a few natural immune boosters that you can include in your daily life:
Eat a Healthy Diet
I know, I know…we’ve heard it all before “eat right, eat healthy, blah blah blah”…We hear it so much because it’s so true! To have the strongest army defending your system, you need to ensure that it is properly nourished regularly with immune-boosting foods, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. That means, eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. The larger the variety of fruits and vegetables you include in your diet, the broader the spectrum of nutrients you avail to your body. Hence, the stronger your immune system. Furthermore, including lean and plant-based protein in your diet gives you the amino acids and zinc required to build and maintain immune cells. One of the easiest proteins to get a hold of is Hemp Seeds; with about 10grams of protein for every three tablespoons. These seeds are a complete source of protein, meaning that they provide all nine essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks for all proteins. These days, you will find hemp seeds at almost every grocer near you.
Doing moderate exercise regularly can do wonders for your immune system. Moderate?!…Ok just start where you are; any exercise is better than no exercise. Exercise greatly improves your cardiovascular system. Hence, it promotes good blood circulation in your body. In turn, your immune system is transported much faster and efficiently in your body. This allows your immune cells to find problems faster and tackle them in time.
Get Enough QUALITY Sleep
As you sleep, your body takes that time to regenerate and heal itself. During sleep, your body distributes cytokines and T-cells, which are vital immune cells for your system. Sleep depravity causes low production of these cells. This can put your body at risk of getting infections and diseases. It is advised for adults to get about 7-8 hours of sleep for optimal health. While it’s important to get enough sleep every night, if you start to feel ill, one of the easiest things you can do for recovery is to get some rest.
Until Next Time!