Easy Ways to Naturally Support Your Immune System
By Sara Butler
There are several things that can play a big role in the health of your immune system. It's not all about what you eat or how much you exercise, but also about your attitude and your mental health. That's why, as you're focusing on your diet and exercise, you shouldn't neglect a few of the other proven ways to support your immune system so it can function at its very best. Here are a few to try.
Laugh a Little
Laughter truly might be some of the best medicine. In studies, laughter has been found to raise the antibodies in your system, specifically the white blood cells that kill viruses and bacteria. It also raises the number of antibodies in the mucus, which is your body's first line of defense against infection. So go ahead, watch a funny movie or take turns telling some good jokes. Laughter is good for you!
Sing It Loud
Singing has been found in some studies to help activate the spleen, which can help to increase antibodies in the blood and give your immune system a nudge. You don't even have to be a professional singer to reap the benefits -- singing in the shower will do you good, too.
Cut Out Sugar
Sugar has been found in studies to impair your body's ability to kill bacteria in your systems, something taken care of by white blood cells. You should try instead to use natural sweeteners such as stevia but limit the low-calorie artificial sweeteners out there such as aspartame.
You need quality sleep each night in order for your body to rest and recover. If you're not getting that, then you can impact how well your body is able to work -- including the immune system. This can increase your risk for infection and impair your body's ability to fight off illness, so make sure you're making time for quality sleep every single night.
Exercise does help to support a healthy immune system. Even as little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise a few days a week can make a big impact on your health and your body's ability to fight off infection. But don't go overboard because allowing your body to rest and recover is just as important as ensuring that you move. Too much exercise at too high of an intensity can actually weaken the immune system, so build recovery days into your exercise program to ensure you stay healthy.
Taking care of your immune system involves many aspects of your overall health.
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