Building Up Your Immune System

Your immune system is your defense against harmful germs and infections. Building up and maintaining a healthy immune system is essential to good health.

The immune system gets activated by things the body doesn’t recognize. These are called antigens. Bacteria, viruses and fungi are examples of antigens. The antigens attach to immune cells and the body learns what the antigen is and starts to deal with it. Our bodies fight everyday antigens as well as new threats which the body can adapt to. The immune system is ever changing based on how you live your life and the level of adaptation required by the body to keep you safe.

There are some basic things you can do to keep your immune system strong.

Get enough sleep

There’s a strong link between getting enough sleep and having a healthy immune system. It’s not just any sleep either. Restorative sleep is getting enough deep sleep so the body can heal itself.  For most people that’s 7 to 8 hours a day. Some people need more sleep to keep their bodies humming along.

Eat a healthy diet

A diet high in fruits and vegetables can help keep your immune system strong. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals your immune system needs to function. The food you eat is digested and eventually the nutrients are carried throughout the body via the bloodstream. The body’s systems needed to fight antigens are fueled by the nutrients you provide. The USDA recommends 5 to 9 servings a day of fruits and vegetables.

Wash your hands

It’s very important to wash your hands with soap and water regularly to keep germs from entering your body. People frequently touch their faces without realizing it. The eyes, nose, and mouth are areas where bacteria and viruses can enter the body. By washing your hands you’re keeping the germs off your body. If you are out of your house, try not to touch your face. When you return home wash your hands with soap and water vigorously.

Exercise to keep you healthy

There’s no direct link between exercise and the immune system. However, exercise lowers blood pressure, keeps body weight under control and keeps diseases at bay. Exercising boosts the metabolism and creates efficiencies in the body to deliver nutrients more efficiently. Keep exercising to keep your immune system working smoothly.