Falling into a Healthy Immune System
This fall, many people are concerned about maintaining a
healthy immune system. Thankfully, there are many easy strategies that you can
implement to help strengthen each part of your body that cooperatively works together
to keep you safe from pathogens. Ultimately, if your body is getting what it
needs to function at its best, then you will not only have a better chance at
helping to keep short-term illnesses at bay but also reduce your likelihood
of developing longer-term health complications and diseases.
Here are some simple steps that you can take to support a
healthy immune system:
Infections – this includes activities such as handwashing, mask-wearing,
social distancing, and regular and thorough cleaning of frequently-touched
Stress – although it is impossible to avoid stressors, developing and
implementing healthy coping mechanisms such as hobbies, spending time outdoors,
exercising, connecting with other people, playing with pets, prayer, listening
to music, and meditation can help you handle stress in a healthy manner.
Enough Sleep – strategies such as setting a regular bedtime and wake-up
time each day can help, as can eliminating screen time for at least an hour
prior to sleeping, and ensuring that your bedroom is as conducive as possible
to supporting sleep can help you get enough sleep each night.
Regularly –the recommendation for exercise is at least 30 minutes a day, 5
days a week (150 minutes) of moderate exercise, but adding in additional
activities such as bicycling, hiking, jogging, or sports, can help you enjoy
exercise and provide a new hobby. Remember that housework and yard work can also
count as exercise!
Toxins – avoid tobacco products and recreational drugs, and either limit consumption
of alcoholic drinks, or avoid altogether.
Water – ensure proper hydration by drinking water throughout the day.
Although the exact amount that you should drink will vary based on factors such
as the level of physical activity, the general recommended amount of water
consumed each day is about 64 ounces or around 2 liters.
– eat a healthy, balanced diet, that is rich in vegetables and fruits, lean
protein, and whole grains, and that minimizes heavily processed, fatty, or
sugary foods. Treats can be consumed in moderation, but a diet that is based on
good nutrition is one that will help keep your body, mind, and emotions
functioning at their best, along with your immune system.
a Healthy Lifestyle – just as your immune system is a combination of
different parts of your body, so, too, does each aspect of what you do and put
in your body each day affects your health. By maintaining an overall healthy
lifestyle, you will help your immune system help you in keeping you healthy.
Last updated May 14, 2021