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Why You Should Keep Your Immune System Strong

By Genevieve Cunningham

The immune system is one of our body's greatest inventions. It's the immune system that allows us to walk around and participate in everyday life without falling ill all the time. It's the immune system that keeps us protected and well. But with all that the immune system does for us, we tend to take it for granted. We just assume that it's going to work. But that's not always the case. Keeping the immune system strong is very important. Why? Take a look at these reasons why the immune system needs attention, plus some tips for maintaining the best health. 

Germs Are Everywhere

We can't avoid germs. They're literally everywhere -- on door knobs, on countertops, even in the air. And if you have kids, you're probably getting a double whammy! Since we can't avoid all germs, it's so important for your body to have the strength to fight them off. Without this ability, the germs we meet on a daily basis would overtake our bodies and cause significant harm. 

Your Body's First Defenses Are Best

It's true that things like medicine help our bodies fight the germs that enter our body. We have antiviral medications and antibiotics for other illnesses. But the truth is that prevention is always best. And in our bodies, prevention begins with the immune system. If the immune system can fight off the germs before they cause harm, we can avoid the issues that come with illness and we can also avoid the risks of medication. If you're looking for the most natural approach to good health, a strong immune system is essential. 

You'll Need It Your Whole Life

Babies are born with weak immune systems, but it doesn't take long for it to start working its magic. And once it starts working, we'll need it for the rest of our lives. There won't be any days without germs. There won't be any days without our immune system doing work. If you want your life to be a long one, keeping the immune system strong will be an important job. 

How to Keep It Healthy

  • Watch your diet - A large part of the immune system lies in the gut. If you want it to be strong, you have to give the gut the right kinds of food. Stick to fruit, veggies, and whole grains, and skip the junk as much as you can. 

  • Keep it moving - Movement helps you keep a healthy weight, and a healthy weight improves literally every system in the body. Walk, run, bike. Do some kind of physical activity every day to keep the immune system -- and everything else! -- just a bit stronger.

  • Lower stress - Too much stress actually weakens the immune system. Get a stress management plan and stick to it. As you lower the amount of stress you feel, you'll be able to strengthen the immune system and the body as a whole.

If you don't give your immune system any attention, maybe it's time! Show it a little love so that it can remain strong and healthy. Use these tips and stay the course, and you'll have a stronger immune system and healthier body for years to come.

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

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