How the Immune System Gets Strong
You might be thinking, Why exactly does your immune system become weak, leaving you vulnerable to infection and illness? What are the causes of this weakening, and how can you prevent it from happening? In this article, we'll look at the immune system, including how it works, why it gets weak, and what you can do to keep it strong. Let's get started!
How the Body Defends Against Infectious Disease:
The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect your body from infection. One type of cell that plays a vital role in fighting infections is called phagocytes (fuh-GOC-tees). They're like Pac-Men. They gobble up anything harmful and foreign. So they attack bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other things that cause disease. These invaders can't survive inside these cells so they get destroyed. That's why they are also known as scavengers or cleaners. It's how the immune system gets strong! If you take all the proteins and DNA out of one person’s white blood cells, for example, what’s left behind will have an immune response to just about any bacterial invader it encounters. If you isolate one single kind of white blood cell T lymphocytes—you will find antibodies specific for many different infectious agents on their surface.
Managing Allergies with Diet:
It can be easy to think that allergies are just an annoyance and that you can't do anything about them. However, there are many things you can do to help your immune system get strong, so it has a better chance of fighting off allergens before they get to your nose and lungs. One of these methods is managing your diet. A few ways to help your body stay healthy and fight against allergens are:
- Eating probiotics- good bacteria for gut health. These will help strengthen your immune system by keeping bad bacteria out of your digestive tract.
- Eating foods rich in vitamin D like milk or eggs helps with calcium absorption which strengthens bones, teeth, and muscles, as well as strengthens the immune system.
- Eating iron-rich foods like liver or spinach because iron helps maintain energy levels during exercise which can prevent muscle fatigue. Iron also plays an important role in red blood cell production which is necessary for immunity as well as transporting oxygen throughout the body from the lungs to every cell for it to work properly against allergens like pollen outside.
The immune system gets strong when you are active and healthy. This is a no-brainer, but it's important to mention because we want people to know that there are herbs that can strengthen their immune systems as well. Herbs that are excellent for immune health include ashwagandha, holy basil, echinacea, and lemon balm. Just remember that herbs do not replace medicine and shouldn't be taken without consulting a doctor. For example, feverfew is one of the most potent fever reducers and has been used medicinally since medieval times. But if someone has aspirin sensitivity or is on blood thinners, they should avoid this herb.
The Importance of Sleep and Relaxation:
To have a strong immune system, you need to get plenty of sleep and relaxation. Sleep is important for clearing out toxins from your brain, which helps keep your immune system strong. After a long day or week of work or school, it can be hard to unwind and relax, but this is one of the most important things you can do for your immune system. If you are stressed or anxious all the time, that will make it more difficult for your body to fight off infections because stress hormones make it harder for white blood cells to function. Try getting outside in nature at least once a day (even if it's just a few minutes) or doing some form of mindfulness practice like yoga, meditation, or guided imagery before bed each night.
Daily Habits to Strengthen Your Immune System:
Paying attention to your daily habits can have a significant impact on your health. It is important to eat healthily, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly to maintain a strong immune system. Another way you can strengthen your immune system is by taking vitamin supplements that contain zinc, which promotes the growth and activity of T cells. Vitamin D has also been shown to affect immunity; however, more research needs to be done before it is definitively proven as a beneficial supplement. If you are sick or fighting off an illness such as the cold or flu, it’s best not to take any vitamin supplements until you feel better so that they do not interfere with antibiotics or other treatments. You should also always consult with a physician before starting any new medications or supplements as they may interact negatively with existing medications you are taking.