Boost Your Immune System and Be Protected
Who doesn’t get scared of the deadly virus spreading globally. As you walk around the city you can notice that almost everyone are wearing mask. There are hand sanitizer and alcohol at the entrance doors and lobbies of every establishment. Supply of vitamin C and other supplements are running out as people take extra measures to boost their immune system.
The main purpose of our immune system is to protect our body from viruses and bacteria. Without it, they’d have free reign and will get us constantly sick. It works by recognizing the difference between our body’s cells and alien cells, allowing it to destroy any that could be potentially harmful. This usually works well but can cause problems if our immune system wrongly classifies some of our own cells and attacks them instead.
So how do you protect yourself and your family from flu, cold and other illness. Eating right is a great start. Variety is the key to proper nutrition. Eating just one of these foods won’t be enough to fight sickness.
Most of us turn to vitamin C when we catch flu or cold. Vitamin C helps build our immune system. It helps in the production of white blood cells which are the key in fighting infections. We have a wide variety of citrus fruits, you may opt for organs, tangerines, limes, pomelo or lemons. My personal favorite is lemon in hot water with a little bit of honey. Note that our body doesn’t produce or store vitamin C so we need a daily dose for good health.
No one will think that shellfish can do some magic to boost their immune system. Shell fish like crab, clams, lobster and mussels are packed with zinc. Though Zinc doesn’t get much attention like any other vitamins but it is essential to our body so that our immune system will function as intended.
Red Bell Pepper
For people who are trying to avoid fruits for its sugar content, you may choose red bell peppers as excellent alternative. To better preserve its nutrient content you may stir fry or roast it. You wouldn’t believe that this vegetable contains twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruit. It also has beta carotene which helps your eyes and skin healthy.
Whether it is yogurts or your favorite Yakult drink, probiotics stimulate your immune system to fight diseases. Look for the ones that has “live and active cultures” printed on the label. This supplements reduce the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
Garlic is a common home remedy for the prevention of colds and other illness. But did you know that it contains Allicin which reduce the risk of getting cold. It is also recognized for its value for fighting infections.
Eating fruits and veggies keeps our immune system strong but there are other contributors to attain a healthy body. Restorative sleep, which means enough sleep to get the body back into fighting shape is also equally important
A positive attitude can be healthy
Looking on the bright side might better equip your body to fight illness. When we feel better, we have a better immune system. If we are worried, our immune system slows down. A good outlook is good for our health.
Lifestyle strategies for stronger immune system
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Getting enough sleep
- Minimizing stress
- Avoid smoking
- Practicing correct hand washing and oral hygiene
It’s easy to take the immune system for granted because it does such a good job at keeping us free from infection around the clock! If you’ve got a healthy immune system, look after it and it will look after you.