One of the most important parts of our body is its defense against foreign invaders- the immune system. Your immune system is working all the time to find out which invaders are a threat and which are okay. The immune system is a complicated network of lymph nodes, stomach acid, blood cells, the spleen, thymus gland, bacteria in the gut, skin and more! Keeping all of these parts of the body in tip top shape could seem like an impossible task but there are some basic things you can be doing to make sure you can maintain your health the best you can. If you can focus on these few basic things you'll be well on your way to a strong immune system.
1. SLEEP 7-9 hours every night. This is the time your body can regroup its barriers and defenses for anything it may face the next day OR it can make an offensive attack on anything that may have snuck past the front lines during the day.
2. DIET- avoid sugar and processed foods. Sugar itself can impair an immune response for several hours. And building an army of immune cells fed with processed junk will put up a less fierce defense than an army of immune cells fed with lots of fresh produce as well as a good amount of protein and healthy fats.
3. MANAGE STRESS- meditate, clear your schedule, schedule time away, change jobs....whatever you have to do to lessen the stress. Stress creates an illness promoting environment in your body. Whether that be weight gain, heart disease, cancer or mental illness- stress contributes to all of it so do your best to get rid of the stress you can and handle the stress that can't go with tools and resources.
Focus on those few things and you'll be well on your way to bolstering your immune system with strength that can put up a good fight.