For most of us, our immune system does an amazing job of protecting us from disease-causing microorganisms. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t survive for very long. When a germ tries to make you sick, your antibodies kick in and put a stop to the invasion. But the immune system is not perfect – and it can be improved with the right steps. Try out the following 5 tips to improve your immune function and better protect yourself from illness.
The immune system is fueled the same way as all of your other bodily functions – through your diet. Like a fine automobile, your immune system prefers high-quality fuel. Sure, it will still get down the road with lower-grade fuel, but it won’t win any races that way.
You should pack your diet with healthy foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins. It’s a good idea to try to eat the rainbow – choosing a variety of healthy foods throughout the week to ensure you get a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
Supplementation can be helpful, too, particularly if you don’t like vegetables. Just avoid mega doses of single vitamins. More vitamins is not necessarily better.
Exercise is another pillar of good health. Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight, improves your cardiovascular health and keeps your blood pressure under control. It also improves circulation, which can help your immune system process more efficiently.
With exercise, you want to aim to do things you enjoy because you will be more likely to do them regularly. And don’t go overboard. Extreme exercise can make you just as likely to get sick as no exercise at all.
Most people can get behind the idea that diet and exercise are important, but some have a harder time thinking of sleep as important. Our society tends to reward overworking, late nights and hyper productivity. Some people can learn – incorrectly – that they should get only as much sleep as they absolutely need and no more so they can keep up with the rat race.
You likely need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night unless you are quite unusual. Test it out for yourself. Try getting more and less sleep over a period of a week and see how you feel. You will discover that getting enough sleep can make your life feel drastically better.
Stress is another factor that many people fail to take into account when it comes to immune health. Stress is corrosive to your health. It may be a slow form of corrosion, particularly with low-level stress that you have become accustomed to, but it is still corrosion. It will wear down your body and your immune system.
Seek to minimize stress. You can’t eliminate it nor should you try. But you can look for ways to keep stress at bay, like meditation, walking, gardening, painting and so on. Find ways to calm down and get some enjoyment out of your life.
Regular chiropractic care aligns your body so that it can function at the optimum level. Your chiropractor can help iron out the kinks in your body to improve circulation and nerve function, which in turn will help improve your immune function. It’s best to get chiropractic care on a regular basis to maintain optimal health.
To learn more about how to improve your immune function, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Our chiropractic team is here to help.
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