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How to keep your immune system strong

How to keep your immune system strong

The immune system is a complex network that works to keep you safe. In order to help it stay healthy and function well, increase your micronutrient consumption or take a daily supplement, exercise regularly, get some good sleep, and try using essential oils, which have been proven to help boost the immune system.

The immune system is precisely that, a system! It’s an extremely complex network of cells, molecules, and biochemical signals, that work around the clock to keep you safe from infectious bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that cause diseases. If you don’t get sick often, that’s a sign of a healthy and strong immune system. Generally, your immune system does a fantastic job at protecting you from disease-causing microorganisms. Sometimes though, a germ can invade your system and make you sick. It is possible to interrupt this process and boost your immune system.

For your immune system to function well, it requires balance and harmony. Boosting it can be challenging since there are so many different kinds of cells in the immune system that respond to so many different microbes in so many ways. The body is continually generating immune cells. Certainly, it produces many more lymphocytes than it can possibly use. The extra cells remove themselves through a natural process of cell death called apoptosis — some before they see any action, some after the battle is won. No one knows how many cells or what the best mix of cells the immune system needs to function at its optimum level. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans. In the meantime, general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand.

Having at least three fruits a day, a handful of mixed nuts, and eating rainbow vegetables daily will guarantee that you will have all of the micronutrients you need for a strong immune system. There is some evidence that micronutrient deficiencies change the immune response. By including vitamins and minerals like zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, vitamins A, B6, C, and E, it will help to keep your immune system strong. If you feel like you aren’t getting all of the necessary micronutrients, take a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement. It will provide other health benefits and likely further strengthen your immune system even more. However, follow the recommended dosage, more is not necessarily better in this case.   

Fruits & vegetables for a healthy diet

Exercising regularly is one of the key aspects of a healthy life. It can improve heart health, lowers blood pressure, helps to control body weight, and can protect against a variety of diseases. Not only that, it can help to boost your immune system and keep it healthy. Exercising can promote good circulation, which allows parts of the immune system to move through the body freely, helping them to do their job more efficiently. 

A lack of sleep has an effect on how likely you are to get sick after exposure to a virus. Studies have shown that a bad sleep makes a person more likely to catch a cold or sickness and can affect how quickly they recover from that sickness. During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don't get enough sleep. 

Not only do essential oils smell great, they can help boost your immune system. A scientific review showed that essential oils like frankincense, eucalyptus, thume, ginger, and clove promoted mechanisms of immune enhancement,  either by promoting the activity of lymphocytes, increasing phagocytosis by macrophages, inducing interferon production, or stimulating NK cells activity.

By maintaining your overall health, you are able to help keep your immune system strong and healthy and are able to fight off infections more easily. 


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