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Boost Your Immune System and Avoid Illness

By Paul Rothbart

Naturally, we all want to avoid getting sick. It causes time lost from work, getting behind on daily chores, and it just doesn't feel good. The immune system has the job of attacking and killing the germs and viruses that cause illness. It generally does this job quite well, but occasionally a microbe slips through the system. The stronger the immune system, the less often this happens. So taking steps to boost the immune system, will lessen the risk of illness. Here are some tips to do just that.

A Healthy Diet

Eating well is important to good health. That is a commonly known fact. A healthy diet can also boost the immune system. Studies have found that deficiencies in some micronutrients can alter immune responses in a negative way. Therefore, being sure to get enough of these micronutrients will help the immune system function at its best. These micronutrients include the minerals zinc, selenium, iron, copper, and folic acid. Vitamins A, B6, C, and E are also helpful to the immune system. These nutrients are found in vegetables and fruits, so be sure to eat several servings of them each day. A multivitamin taken daily is also a good source of micronutrients. 

Exercise

Another pillar of good health, regular exercise can also boost the immune system. Exercise increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure. This allows the immune system to more efficiently get white blood cells to where they are needed. A body in good physical shape functions better. A strong cardiovascular system is also a boon to the immune system. This is yet another reason to engage in a regular exercise routine. 

Stress

Modern medication recognizes the link between the mind and body. Stress and anxiety are harmful to mental health, and can also be a detriment to physical health. By successfully managing and reducing stress, the immune system benefits. Relaxation and meditation techniques are excellent stress reducers. Having a fun hobby to take some time away from the chores and problems of life is also very helpful. Having a therapist or counselor to talk to can also be an aid in learning to recognize and manage stress. A certain amount of stress is unavoidable, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. 

A strong immune system will help minimize the risk of illness. The less often you have to suffer being sick, the more productive and happy your life will be. By taking good care of yourself, through diet, exercise, and stress management, you can keep your immune system strong and healthy and spend less time on the sidelines with an illness.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see  your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Danville, Calif.

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