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4 Tips to Keep Your Immune System Healthy

By Stephen R. Farris

During our youth, it seemed as if we (baby boomers) didn't let a whole lot of the sicknesses we came down with affect us. Usually a cold, tummy ache, sniffles, sore throat, etc., didn't last very long. A lot of that could have been attributed to our diet, or that dose of castor oil that Mom and Grandma swore by as a cure all.

But as we've grown older and -- for some of us -- have become less active than we were in our youth, coupled with not eating properly as we should, our body's immune system could be taking a toll for some of our shortfalls. It may take longer to heal from injury or sickness -- not including those with underlying medical conditions -- causing us to feel weaker.

However, there are a few things you can do, or change, that will help give your immune system a boost.

Nutrition

A good balanced diet is always a nice start to boosting and maintaining a healthy immune system. Add a few spices, such as cumin, oregano, thyme, and cinnamon to your dishes. Eat more fruit -- oranges, bananas, grapefruit, berries -- as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to help strengthen your immune system. Don't forget about those green leafy vegetables either. 

Control Your Stress

Stress can contribute to developing a poor immune system. Keeping stress under control through several methods, such as exercise, meditation, or spending quiet time reading a book can help. It could also be from something out of alignment in your body that is causing some of your stress. Don't hesitate to talk with your local chiropractor to see what advice or suggestions they can offer, plus they provide treatment to make sure your body is in proper alignment. 

Sleep

Another way to maintain or improve your immune system is to get plenty of rest/sleep. Studies show that our bodies tend to heal and recover much faster with a good night's sleep.

Exercise

You can choose to hit the gym, but even a brisk walk or run will do. Just as long as you're getting in some type of workout several times during the week. Doing so can reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease and could help you lose unwanted pounds.

Last, but not least, cut back or cut out alcohol consumption, along with using tobacco products, as they can make you immune system become sluggish, or on the decline.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Taylors, S.C.

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