How to Maintain a Healthy Immune System

How to Maintain a Healthy Immune System

Our immune systems fight against germs, bacteria, and viruses; it's important to keep them healthy so that we can keep ourselves healthy. Though there are no scientifically proven links between one's lifestyle and having a healthy immune system, living a healthy lifestyle is a good place to start.



  • Diet

Eating certain foods can help boost your immune system; these foods include citrus foods (like oranges or grapefruits), red peppers, broccoli, spinach, yogurt, and almonds (just to name a few).

Nutritional deficiencies in your body can make you more vulnerable to viruses and bacteria, so maintaining a balanced diet is important.



  • Sleep

A lack of sleep can greatly affect your immune system. Lack of sleep can make you more likely to become sick, if you're exposed to a virus; it can also impact your recovery time for when you are sick.

That's why it's important to get a good night's sleep. Most people need around 7-9 hours of sleep to ensure that they are well-rested.



  • Exercise

Practicing regular physical exercise can strengthen your immune system. By exercising, you are increasing the movement of immune cells throughout your body making it easier for them to track down any intruders.

It's important to be consistent with your exercise to allow an ample amount of time for your immune cells to "patrol" the body. It's also important to start small when beginning to exercise and understand your limitations.



  • Stress

Stress can cause a surge in cortisol, which is the primary stress hormone in your body. This surge in cortisol is good because it can limit inflammation in the body. However, too much stress can result in your body getting used to having too much cortisol, and ultimately that opens the door for more inflammation.

It's important to try to control your stress levels as much as possible; this can be done through things like meditation, yoga, or simply taking time out of your day to just relax.

If you're suffering from chronic stress, it's important to talk with your doctor so they can help you with managing your symptoms.