Are you looking for ways to boost your immune system for the purpose of avoiding everyday sicknesses such as the flu or a cold? You’ve certainly come to the right place, but first, let us try and understand how the immune system works.
Think of your immune system as a natural, highly complex defence mechanism against illness and infection. A mechanism that only identifies with cells that naturally make up the human body. Its purpose is to try and combat or get rid of anything unfamiliar such as viruses or bugs.
Essentially, the immune system eradicates bacteria, viruses, and parasites. But as is the case with most mechanisms, it is flawed in some ways because it can also cause our body problems. For instance, it can at times overreact to harmless assailants such as pollen which results in hay fever.
Furthermore, there have been cases where the immune system attacks (or tries to combat) donated organs or blood because those organs or donated blood are, in fact, alien to your body. This can be avoided when blood or organs are carefully matched, but it’s important to know that it’s not like a computer system that can be manipulated.
In some cases, it malfunctions in the form of autoimmune diseases. This is when the immune system turns against the body’s very own cells resulting in conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, and Type 1 Diabetes. It’s an extremely complicated system and that is why you need to do your utmost to protect and boost it.
How to boost your immune system
It’s imperative you always keep your immune system operating at its optimum level, and so when it comes to boosting your immune system, this is what you need to know.
According to the University of California, all you need is 20 minutes of exercise a day. Doable? Yes. In a study carried out in 2017, the university found that 20 minutes of exercise a day activates your sympathetic nervous system, and in doing so, increases heart rate, blood pressure, and your breathing rate.
This is highly beneficial as hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine are unleashed into the bloodstream, activating a cellular reaction that restricts cytokines.
Cytokines are what cause inflammation, and although a necessary aspect of the immune system, an excess of cytokines such as tumour necrosis factor can lead to some of those aforementioned autoimmune diseases.
We recommend a brisk walk or a jog either before work or in the early evening.
Due to busy lifestyles, it’s not always possible to get the nutrients and enzymes your body needs or the right amount of exercise for that matter. Thankfully, there are supplement preparations that may alter some components of immune function, such as Neprinol.
Neprinol strengthens the immune system, breaking down damaging proteins, lowering cholesterol and aiding in poor circulation by supplementing and replenishing our body’s own natural enzyme stores.
Available through our online store, taking Neprinol on a daily basis may work wonders for boosting your immune system. Get it in packs of 150 or 300.
A healthy diet
As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat”. For your immune system, this certainly rings true. By ensuring you follow a healthy well-balanced diet, you will be giving your immune system the long-term, natural assistance that it needs.
There is a wide array of healthy eating plans out there. Do your research and follow the one that suits your budget and your lifestyle. Usually, plant-based diets are the most effective.
Many fruits and vegetables are classed as ‘superfoods’ which can give the immune system that extra boost you’re looking for. Try to incorporate the following foods into your diet as often as possible:
Brightly coloured fruits (like the ones you’d find on some beautiful island) such as kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, acai, and goji are full to the brim with arguably the most important vitamin when it comes to boosting your immune system.
Vitamin C protects and maintains healthy cells and tissue. This results in a well-armed immune system able to combat illness such as flu and colds.
You guessed it, the veggies we hated as children such as spinach, kale and broccoli are an incredible source of vitamins and minerals, particularly in vitamins A, E and, again, C.
We recommend eating these raw, or alternatively steaming them, as boiling vegetables before consumption drains them of all these nutrients.
The body uses sleep as way of healing itself. Although difficult to measure, getting at least 7 hours every day may help reduce oxidative stress, which, in fact, stops cells from weakening and as a result, being harmed.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep plays a crucial role in the overall state of your physical health. Sleep deprivation can result in increased risk of conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and diabetes.
So for the purpose of boosting your immune system, ensure you get a good night’s rest every day of the week.
By incorporating some of these simple lifestyle changes, you will ensure optimum immune system efficiency. As they say, a little effort goes a long way.