Your immune system is your body’s defense against disease-causing microorganisms, such as bacteria, virus, and parasites and other potentially damaging foreign bodies.
The proper functioning of your immune system involves intricacies coming from the interactions of many players – organs within the immune systems and other body systems. Your immune system’s major components consist of the lymph nodes, bone marrow, spleen, thymus, leukocytes and lymphocytes. Your immune system is also known to work in close harmony with the nervous system, which is responsible for communicating information from your brain to all of your body systems, and vice versa, and regulating all your body’s functions. Your autonomic nervous system is linked to your lymphoid organs producing the immune response of your body. There is strong evidence showing that the sympathetic division of your nervous system regulates in part the immune system.
There is also a strong bond among the immune system, endocrine system and nervous system. These systems are all involved when inflammatory based diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
and behavioral syndromes such as depression develop. They are often the results of dysfunctions in the nerve pathway that link these systems.
Taking actions to keep your immune system healthy and strong is prudent and will keep you away from health conditions that can prevent you from enjoying a high quality of life. But, what exactly do you need to do to achieve this? We are inundated with too much information that usually go with products and services being marketed for health and wellness, supposedly, including those that claim to boost the immune system. Now, the question is, which ones of these information, products or services (don’t forget about chiropractors help) work and which don’t?
Advice on Improving Your Immune System
While numerous researches continue to explore the effects of factors such as diet, age, exercise, psychological stress and herbal supplementations to the immune system, many medical experts agree on some practical advice to boost your immune system:
- Implement general healthy-living strategies. Choosing a healthy lifestyle should be first. Following these general guidelines for good health is an important step in having a healthy and strong immune system:
- Regularly eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains but with low saturated fat.
- Get into a regular exercise program.
- Maintain your ideal weight.
- Do not smoke.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Get enough sleep.
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure level.
- Be conscious of getting infections. Wash your hands frequently. Cook meats thoroughly.
- Go for regular medical check up and screening test, especially if you are in a high risk group.
- Have good, regular nourishment. It has been long been recognized that malnourished people are more susceptible to infectious diseases. Avoid micronutrient deficiency by taking vitamins and mineral supplements daily. Eat foods rich in the following nutrients or supplements to meets your body’s daily requirements for them:
- Selenium – Some people with low levels of selenium have been found to have greater risk of bladder, colon, rectum, breast, prostate and lung cancers.
- Vitamin A – Experts have known that vitamin A helps in the prevention of infectious diseases and maintaining mucosal surfaces. Deficiency in vitamin A can cause impaired immunity and higher risk of infections.
- Vitamin B6 – Deficiency in vitamin B6 can cause immune response depression.
- Vitamin C – This vitamin works well in conjunction with other micronutrients in bringing improvements in many health aspects.
- Vitamin D – Medical doctors have proven that people with tuberculosis respond positively to vitamin D from sunlight.
- Vitamin E – Studies have shown that increasing doses of vitamin E for people aged over 65 from 30 mg to 200 mg resulted in an increase in antibody responses to the hepatitis B disease and tetanus.
- Zinc – This trace element is essential for the immune system and cells.
Strengthening the immune system requires a combination of many lifestyle changes. Start acting before it’s too late.