There are countless lists of things you should be doing in order to boost your immune system, indeed, this can feel overwhelming at times. The truth is boosting your immune system is incredibly simple; you need to reduce the bad stuff and increase the good stuff – so that you are giving your body a helping hand to fight infection, rather than hindering its progress with an unhealthy lifestyle.
The immune system is a network of cells that form to create tissues and organs that work together to defend the body against attack by microbes such as bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi; all of which are responsible for causing infections. The human body provides an unfortunately pleasant environment for many destructive microbes, and the immune system is there to act as a security guard, not letting any of the bad stuff through – or, as a cleaner, for when something bad does come through, the immune system is responsible for clearing up the damage caused.
The immune system is exceptionally complex and intelligent, but often, due to our unhealthy lifestyles, we hinder it’s optimum function rather than helping it help protect our health. This article looks at some of the things you can do to boost your immune system.
It might be helpful to view the health of your immune system to be similar to the health of your bank balance; there are credits you can make (i.e. taking natural supplements) but there are also withdrawals (i.e. smoking or not getting enough sleep). You want to ensure you maintain a healthy bank balance in this sense, so that when necessary, your body has plenty of credit to draw upon at times of struggle
STEP ONE: REDUCE THE BAD STUFF
The first thing, is to stop doing the stuff you know is harming your immune system; admittedly, it’s not always as simple as just quitting, but there are plenty of support resources to help you stop, or at least reduce the amount you smoke, or the amount of alcohol you consume. It can be difficult to ‘quit stress’ as this is a natural response to our busy lifestyles, but the less stress you have in your life, the better your immune system will perform. Similarly, your body needs 6-9 hours of sleep each night; without adequate sleep your putting a significant strain on your immune system.
This really is the first step in replenishing your immune system “bank account” as living an unhealthy lifestyle full of saturated fats, sleepless nights, and chain smoking is like having a bucket full of water with a hole in the bottom – it doesn’t matter what you put in, untul that hole is plugged, your immune system is going to be in a constant state of depletion.
STEP TWO: INCREASE THE GOOD STUFF
The second aspect is to increase the good stuff. You want to make sure you are getting plenty of sleep, relaxation, and regular exercise. The most important thing, however, is your diet. It can sometimes be hard to get all the nutrients you need from your food, which is why many people recommend taking supplements; and there are many Natural Immune System Supplements you can take to boost your immune system. In particular, Aloe Vera, Bee Propolis and Echinacea are popular natural supplements you can find in most good nutritional shops – but be sure to consume only quality organic products, as the source of these natural products is very important, if they are to be effective. Another, often overlooked source of good nutrition is to supplement with probiotics (i.e. good bacteria) that significantly help your immune system.
IT’S AS EASY AS THAT
Health and nutrition isn’t rocket science. Keep the bank balance metaphor in mind, when making everyday decisions and focus on putting in more credits than withdrawals… and you’ll be fine! No long lists, no arduous science, just a simple common sense solution to boosting your all important immune system.