The immune system is extremely necessary for the human body to remain healthy. It safeguards against infectious germs and chemicals that could make you ill. This system is made up of various organs, proteins, and cells that collaborate to combat invaders such as bad bacteria, viruses, and toxins.
Keeping your immune system healthy is vital to your overall health. Below are some tips that can help you maintain a healthy immune system.
- Diet – by providing yourself with an adequate supply of vegetables, fruits, and meat and avoiding processed and junk food, you can help to strengthen your immune system. Fruits containing vitamin C, broccoli, garlic, poultry, and fish are just a few foods that will boost your immune system.
- Lifestyle habits – focus on developing healthy lifestyle habits. For example, do not smoke (or stop smoking if you do) and avoid alcohol, or consume it in moderation.
- Exercise – it is beneficial to walk briskly for about 20 minutes a week to keep the immune system in good shape. Endorphins are also produced during physical exercise, which encourages a sense of well-being and pleasure.
- Sleep – aim for at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night, allowing the body to regain and maintain its equilibrium. Try to maintain a sleep routine by waking up and going to bed at the same time every day. Since our body clock controls feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness, maintaining a stable sleep schedule helps us maintain a balanced circadian rhythm, allowing us to enter deeper, more restful sleep.
- Avoid stress – attempt to control the tension and stress in your life. This is easier said than done, but try to find some alternative strategies that work for you and your lifestyle, whether it’s exercise, meditation, or talking to a trusted friend. Another suggestion is to practice normal, deliberate breathing during the day and when stressed. Just a few deep breaths can be helpful.
- Cleanliness – hands should be washed during the day numerous times, including when you come in from outside, before and after cooking and consuming food, after using the toilet, and after coughing or blowing your nose.
How does the Immune System Work?
The immune system protects you against pathogens and disease-causing substances. Without an immune system, we would be vulnerable to harmful things that come into our bodies. It’s the immune system’s primary duty to fight off bad bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi.
A variety of things that the body does not recognize as its own can activate the immune system. Antigens are the scientific term for these substances. Antigens are proteins found on the surfaces of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. When these antigens bind to specific receptors on immune system cells, the immune system stores information about the foreign substance and how to combat it. If it comes into contact with the substance again, it will immediately begin fighting against it.
To learn more about ways you can protect and boost your immune system and other services provided in Columbia County, Green County, and Hudson area of N.Y., call KB Chiropractic at (518) 380-2432.