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Easy Ways to Boost Your Body's Defense

By Sara Butler

Everyone wants to have a healthy, functioning immune system. Luckily, supporting a healthy immune system isn't as difficult as you may think. In fact, a few simple changes can pave the way for your immune system to work at its very best -- and chances are you'll feel better along the way, too. Here are some easy ways you can help to boost your body's defense system and stay healthy all year long.

Sleep

Your immune system and your sleep are tied together closely. If you don't get enough quality sleep each night, then you'll be more susceptible to illness. Making sure you get the required seven to nine hours of quality shut-eye each night can help your body to better fight off illness. And when you are sick, listen to your body and make sure you get plenty of rest.

If you're having difficulty sleeping, then you should make sure to limit your screen time to an hour or so before you hit the hay. Also, make sure your room is dark and cool so that you can fall asleep easily and stay that way.

Eat Better Food

Another key to a healthy immune system is to give your body what it needs through the foods you eat. Cutting back on highly processed foods is a good idea. Replace those foods with whole foods that are as minimally processed as you can get.

Nuts, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and beans are all great options to ensure your body is healthy and your immune system strong. Plus, many of these foods contain high levels of antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation, reducing your risk of developing long-term health issues.

You should also strive to eat healthy fats like those found in plant-based foods and reduce the amount of added sugar you eat. All of these things can help to keep your whole body healthy.

Exercise

You don't have to train for a marathon or become an elite athlete to benefit from exercise. Remember, your body was made to move, so you should strive to move it in moderate-level activity at least 150 minutes each week.

Doing so can help to keep your immune system functioning at its best and can also help to reduce chronic inflammation that can contribute to chronic illness.

If you have questions about keeping your body strong, don't forget to talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

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

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