How to Strengthen Your Immune System


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How to Strengthen Your Immune System


 

 

 

 

 

 

Your body's strongest defense mechanism is the immune system. The stronger your immune system, the less likely you are to get sick in the first place. If you do happen to catch something, a strong immune system can fight the illness easily. Here are some immune-boosting tips to implement into your social distancing routine.

 

For years we have known that exercise is an important part of daily activity. However, recently it has become even more so. With sickness confining us to our homes, it's necessary to keep exercise a priority! During physical activity, the body begins to activate white blood cells, which kill the virus. However, try not to overdo it. Consecutive strenuous workouts can actually weaken the immune system. This will leave your body vulnerable to more toxins and germs. Our active clients are participating in our Virtual Training classes.

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Beauty sleep is crucial! It's recommended for teenagers (14-17 years) to average about 8-11 hours of sleep a night; while young adults and adults (18-64 years) on average need 7-9 hours a night. When you do not get enough sleep, your immune system becomes stressed and compromised. This causes a decrease in white blood cells, and those that remain are less active, resulting in a greater chance of getting sick.

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When you drink alcohol it actually causes damage to the cells in your intestines, which in turn makes it harder for your body to absorb the nutrients from your food. Alcohol also disturbs the normal functions of white blood cells. This can leave your body open to contracting illness easier. While normally this is more likely to happen under heavy consumption, it's important to think about when illness is so prevalent.

 

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We all know that having a balanced diet is important to our health. Vegetables, fruits, and nuts are packed with vitamins and nutrients that are essential to our overall health. The most popular options are kale, spinach, and broccoli, but there are so many options! Blueberries, salmon, watermelon, and even lemons contain high levels of nutrients. These foods will help boost your immune system to protect you from illness. Try out a new recipe today!


 


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