8 ways to boost your immune system. That's the only way it works
Scientists do not believe in magic elixirs and offer rather boring things.
Immunity is an amazing thing. Everyone knows that we have it and that it is terribly important. Someone is sure that it is hiding in the intestines (thanks to the ad). Someone remembers something about lymph nodes. Someone with honest eyes can say that the immune system is stronger than Goethe's Faust, and they will be right.
But no matter how anyone feels about immunity, most believe that it should be strengthened or increased. In General, to do something so that it protects us from everything in the world: from the flu, and from fatigue. Some people remember that something helps with cancer, too.
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How to boost your immune system
The main secret of immunity is that it is not a single organ, but a whole system. Not even the organ system. The immune system is much more complex than, say, the cardiovascular system. It works even at the cell level.
And there are no studies that would somehow prove that this or that pill, this or that herb, this or that habit will necessarily strengthen your immune system.
And yet, over the years of research, scientists have accumulated a lot of data that says: Yes, a healthy lifestyle helps the immune system to resist diseases. But what exactly do they mean by a healthy lifestyle? Just eight boring rules.
1. Do not smoke
In the mouth of a smoker, a real focus of inflammation is created, which distracts the immune system. It is easier for smokers to get diseases, even serious ones like tuberculosis.
I don't want to think about the other horrors, but I will: Smoking causes cancer. And all because it works against the immune system. If you want to boost your immune system, stop Smoking.
2. Not to drink (at least not to drink too much)
Experiments have shown that alcohol can suppress the activity of the antitumor immune system, increases the risk of colon cancer and liver disease.
In General, if you don't want cancer, don't drink, otherwise, you will disable the anti-cancer immunity.
3. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits
If you already don't smoke or drink, eat vegetables and fruits. Sounds dead boring. Moreover, it is not necessary to eat any special Goji berries or tapioca, but everything that comes across.
And garlic can be, and ginger, and lemons. All this will help, but only if you eat them for a normal meal of white meat and a bunch of vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables even help to respond better to some vaccinations.
The easiest and most obvious way to boost your immune system is to get enough sleep. If you are often ill — the throat will catch, the snot will flow - you probably do not sleep enough.
Studies have shown that people who had a good night's sleep even on a flu shot reacted better than those who did not get enough sleep.
Sport helps in several ways at once. First, athletes do get sick less. Secondly, sport regulates the sleep mode (and we have already mentioned it). Third, sports help fight obesity. What does obesity have to do with it? Despite the fact, that is another factor.
6. Keep your weight within normal limits
The fact is that adipose tissue does not just lie on the stomach and internal organs and sometimes sways. It produces hormones. Some hormones. But they contribute to inflammatory processes in the body.
That is, excess weight creates an invisible, but the noticeable load on the immune system. And resources are spent on fighting not only external invaders but also with your own body.
7. Don't be nervous
About how not to be nervous and stay calm in any situation, even if the world is collapsing around you. So, when you get anxious thoughts, read a new article, calm down and think about the fact that you have just strengthened your immune system a little.
But seriously, stress hormones do disrupt the immune system, so don't give them a chance — learn to relax and sometimes say, "fuck it." This is not the worst method of maintaining immunity.
8. Don't run into infections
This will help, if not increase the immune system, then at least save it. It is enough, for example, to get flu shots, wash your hands, do not buy suspicious products, ventilate rooms and treat your teeth and other problem areas in time.
In General, cope with what you can remove the bacterial and viral load from the immune system.