It’s that time of year. The school buses are running; sports are back in session; classrooms are once again brimming with activity. The immune system must start working overtime with all this closeness and indoor activity.
When we think of our immune system, most often we instantly associate ‘catching’ an illness to the things that effect it, but there are many other factors that play a role in how well our bodies can fight off illness and disease.
So, what else can tax our immune system and what can we do about it?
What you eat can greatly affect how well the body can protect itself. A well-balanced healthy diet is key to maintaining a good immune system. Too much sugar, salt, fatty foods, and alcohol can keep the body from functioning optimally. It’s important to eat plenty of vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats. Fresh fruit is a better choice than fruit juices, be sure to read the label of juice to check for added sugars. Healthy fats include olive oil, avocados, flaxseed, nuts, and fish high in omega 3’s.
Stress can take such a toll on the body, not just mentally, but your internal functions as well. When we go through sustained periods of stress our immune system becomes suppressed. Studies have shown increased amounts of stress can stimulate an inflammatory response which can contribute to chronic disease and lower the immune system. Regular cardio, strength training, breathing exercises such as yoga and meditation can all help to keep stress in check. As well as finding a hobby or activity that keeps you active and your mind at ease.
Yes, that dreaded word. We know how most of us just can’t seem to get enough of it. But important immune build activities are taking place in the body during a sound and adequate sleep. Studies have shown that without enough sleep, we are more prone to getting sick from exposure to viruses.
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