As we are witnessing day after day, it is difficult to prevent the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Let’s not forget that the flu is also making its rounds, and allergy season is upon us. Having a strong immune system is not only important during this extreme time, but it’s important all year round. How do you boost your immune system? Let’s take a look at how it works and what you can do to keep it strong.
How Does the Immune System Work?
The immune system is a group of tissues, cells, and organs that work together to protect the body from outside interference such as germs and infections. It’s our first line of defense against germs and it keeps tabs on every germ that has ever entered the body.
How Do I Know if My Immune System is Weak or Strong?
A person can be born with a weak immune system, or it can be brought on by environmental factors. A person with a weak or compromised immune system is usually more susceptible to pneumonia, bronchitis, and skin infections. HIV and AIDS, as well as certain cancers, can also weaken an immune system. Individuals with a strong immune system are less likely to get recurring infections.
What Can I Do to Improve My Immune System?
There are a few things you can do to improve your immune system. They include, but are not limited to:
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Staying hydrated (only water can hydrate the body)
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Quitting/reducing smoking
- Minimizing stress (wherever possible)
- Getting exercise
- Getting plenty of sunlight (use sunscreen)
- Eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits
- Taking probiotics and multivitamins
What Foods are Good for the Immune System?
The foods on this list have essential nutrients and are great for boosting the immune system:
- Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, limes, and lemons
- Red bell peppers
Adding these foods to your daily or weekly intake will help boost the immune system. When the flu, any other virus, or disease presents itself, your body will be able to fight it off a lot easier.
What other foods are good for your immune system? Read our blog here. For the latest updates on the coronavirus, check out CDC.gov.