No one likes getting sick. Keeping the immune system healthy and strong is important for warding off sickness and disease. What if you could give your immune system a boost and increase the odds of preventing illness?
Here are some tips to help keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
- Make Healthy Food Choices. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables ensures that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to run smoothly. Carrots and sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, which raises white blood cell production. Stay away from sugar; too much sugar has been shown to impair the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria. And consider taking a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
- Get Enough Sleep. A lack of sleep can increase the hormone cortisol which can suppress immune function. Further, research has shown that T-cell (a type of white blood cell that is essential to immune response) production decreases in the sleep-deprived.
- Exercise Regularly. Studies have shown that people who exercise moderately 5 or 6 days per week have half as many colds as people who do not exercise. The immune system responds to exercise by producing more cells that attack bacteria.
By adopting these simple strategies, your immune system can better protect you from illness and disease.