Strengthening your Immune system has been show to increase resistance to infectious disease.|
Some Common Ways:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
- Eat lean protein. The antibodies that help fight disease are actually made of protein.
- Keep your vitamin D level at 50 nmol/L. New research suggests vitamin D could boost immune response.
- Cook with olive and canola oils. These contain healthy fats, which act as a lubricant for cells. This lubricant improves flexibility and communication between the cells, which promotes immune function.
- No smoking, drink alcohol only in moderation.
Excessive alcohol consumption is toxic to immune system cells called dendritic cells.
- Exercise regularly.
During moderate exercise the activity of Natural Killer (NK) immune cells is enhanced. See below.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Control your blood pressure.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
- Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
7 easy ways to boost your immune system - TODAY Health - TODAY.com
and How to boost your immune system : Harvard Health Publications
The Society for General Microbiology (SGM) article "Couch Potato Or Elite Athlete? A Happy Medium Keeps Colds At Bay!" in 2012 says that "While regular moderate exercise can reduce the risk of catching cold-like infections, prolonged strenuous exercise, such as marathons, can make an individual more susceptible."
During moderate exercise the activity of Natural Killer (NK) immune cells is enhanced.
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How to boost your immune system : Harvard Health Publications
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last updated 11 June 2007