Constantly under attack from millions of microorganisms with which we share the planet is the human body which is why it is important not to take your immune system for granted.
What can you do to help keep your immune system healthy and ready to shield your body from infection? To answer this question here are some important tips.
Try to find ways to relax. Scientists believe that immune function may be diminished by chronic stresses since stress produces many different effects on the endocrine systems. There are a number of techniques to help you relax, such as deep breathing or yoga, which can reduce mental and physical stress as well as lower blood pressure and slow down your heart rate.
Sleep matters. Not getting enough sleep, aside from leaving you feeling sluggish, irritable and forgetful, can temporarily reduce the activity of certain cells in your immune system by up to 50 percent. Try to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep each night.
Feed your immune system well. Not getting enough calories and getting too much dietary fat may weaken immune response. This is also an important reason why nutritionists would recommend a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and whole grains.
Get physically active. Helping to strengthen your immune system as well as cardiovascular system, heart, muscles and bones is regular exercise. Another advantages of being active is stimulating the release of endorphins and it also improves concentration and other mental functioning, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, and may lower cortisol and other stress hormones.
A natural protein that helps protect the body from the daily exposure to millions of germs that can lead to serious infection is called interferon. It signals neighboring cells into action and triggers their resistance mechanisms and it is activated when an invading virus attacks a cell. Not to mention that it activates other immune cells that kill invading pathogens.