Winter time is a time when many people start to get illnesses more frequently than during the year. Close quarters with others during the winter is part of why people get sick, but there are ways you could be weakening your immune system. You can boost your immune system through avoiding certain habits and incorporating others into your daily life.
You have your body’s immune system as a natural defense against substances and bacteria that would harm you. Your immune system acts as tiny soldiers all over your body, trying to defend your body systems when something comes along that shouldn’t be there. We’re talking viruses, parasites, microbes, bacteria, and anything that would make you ill.
This immune system of defenses is made up of your white blood cells, lymph nodes, your skin, digestive system, tonsils, bone marrow and spleen. These are the main tissues or cells that will notice foreign substances and will work to move them out of the body or destroy them. When white blood cells come in contact with one of these substances, more will be created to block the pathogens from harming your tissues and all your other systems will try to get the pathogens out of you.
Some parts of your body, like the hairs in your nose, are there to collect foreign substances before they even get into the body. Once they are in your body, it’s then up to the internal immune system to help you avoid illness or to build up immune defense against future attacks.
When you get sick, your body has either not come in contact with the foreign virus, bacteria, etc., before. You may get sick that one time, but it may never happen again with that particular virus. That is because the white blood cells will recognize the foreign pathogen the second time and will already know how to counteract it because of the previous sickness where the body learned how to combat the pathogen. That is how you build up an immunity to a sickness so you don’t get it again in the future.
If you find yourself constantly getting sick, you may wonder, “where are all my immunities?”. Your body may have immunities, but it may not have enough white blood cells to counteract foreign invaders. Your immune system is not a single system, but involves the health of your entire body. If you’re not being healthy with how you live and with what you put in your body, odds are that you will get sick more often. Poor immune system function can happen due to:
As you can see, what you put into your body makes a major difference in your immune system function. The modern American diet is full of added sugars, soda and processed foods that are all very nutrient-poor. Your body needs 6 vital nutrients each day for proper immune system function: protein, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, water and carbohydrates. Getting these through veggies, fruits, dairy and protein sources can boost your immune system immensely. You can also:
Because the immune system goes throughout your entire body and body systems, there are countless ways that you can boost your immune system each day. Taking measures for better lung health, muscle health, oral health and even mental health are ways to boost your immune system. When you think about all the systems in your body, that are so many ways to have better immune function with proper care.
The goal is to take care of your health so the immune system works like it should in all parts of your body. If you tend to have many low-grade health problems, or you feel like you get sick easily, come in for a health evaluation. Simply not getting good nutrition or too much stress could be the reason for poor immune function. Call Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025 for your free consultation!