What we should do to toughen up our immune defenses. Follow these tips to boost your immune system.
Imagine yourself in a crowd and someone with flu sneezes in your direction. When this happens, anti-germ substances in your skin and in the mucous membranes of your mouth and nose work to keep the virus from going any further. If your inner defenses fail to work, the virus eventually may make its way into your body. It hijacks your cells in order to reproduce itself.
We see and hear stories of diseases everywhere. It might be from the news or from people around us. It is time to fortify your body’s inner defenses against viruses, bacteria and toxins. Fortunately, restoring the disease-busting tools nature gave you and getting your immune system into shape can be as easy as singing your heart out and eating the right foods.
The immune system is a big language that we’re just beginning to understand. To help you toughen up your defenses against disease, here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Call a friend
Talking with a friend may trigger positive emotions. Laughing and confiding reduce the body’s level of cortisol, a hormone known to suppress the immune system.
2. Add some liver to your meal
Liver brims with immune-boosting selenium, zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12. Try some liver pâté on sesame-seed crackers, or chicken livers with water chestnuts and lean bacon.
3. Relax with a crossword puzzle.
Stimulating brain parts that handle memory, judgment and abstract thought may help boost our immune system. Try doing some challenging puzzles and games.
4. Get enough sleep.
Special immune-boosting functions come into play when you sleep. If you’re not sleeping seven to eight hours a night, which most adults are not getting, your chances of getting sick may increase.
5. Balance your belly. Stress, alcohol and a poor diet can alter intestinal bacteria and weaken our disease-fighting ability. Probiotic, or “good” bacteria may right this imbalance. Try eating some yogurts or drinking something with probiotic drinks.
6. Take some iron.
Women of childbearing age are more likely to be deficient in this immune-building mineral than in any other. Be sure not to get more than 45 milligrams of iron a day from your food or a supplement, however, as excess in iron can be toxic.
7. Choose to drink water, not soft drinks.
Drinking water keeps germ-trapping mucous membranes moist and effective. It will also make you feel more energetic.
8. Munch on wheat bran
In cereals and baked goods, it contains immune-strengthening magnesium, selenium and zinc. Studies suggest a daily dose of wheat bran also lowers level of oestradiol, a female sex hormone linked to hormone dependent cancers.
9. Watch a funny movie.
It has been shown in some studies that laughter may boost the immune system and diminish immune-suppressing cortisol. Take time to laugh; watch some funny movies.
10. Take a walk.
Walking at a good pace for 30 to 45 minutes a day, five days a week, rouses the immune system and slashes your risk of illness by almost half. Listening to music with the aid of a walkman may heighten immune function because listening can raise immunoglobulin A levels (antibodies).
11. Avoid the sun’s harmful (UVA and UVB) rays.
The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can reduce immunity be depleting immune-activating cells. Don’t stay under the sun’s harmful rays for a long time to protect your immune system.
12. Get a massage.
Massage therapists say that certain treatments prevent gridlock in lymph vessels which is the immune circulatory system. Immunologists caution us that although massage may alleviate immune-inhibiting stress, there are no convincing studies to prove it.
13. Pray or meditate.
This can reduce stress and help you get better when you’re ill but you must make it a meaningful part of your routine. Praying to God and meditating on His words can benefit not only our bodies but especially our souls.
These are helpful ideas to toughen up our inner defenses or our immune system. It is important to boost our immune system to make it hard for the viruses or bacteria to attack us.