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How to Boost Your Immune System


How to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system does a magical job in keeping you healthy by defending you against many disease causing microorganisms.  Sometimes however, a germ can invade successfully and make you unwell. Is there scope to intervene and make your system stronger?
The idea of boosting your immune system has left many nutritionists and researchers eager to find out more.  Can you boost your immune system by?
  • Improving your diet;
  • Taking nutritional supplements;
  • Making lifestyle changes.
All these aspects will make a positive difference to your immune system. In order for your immune system to function to its optimal capacity, it requires a mixture of balance and harmony.  Although there are no direct links associated with lifestyle and enhanced immune function, there are many theories suggesting that a ‘healthful lifestyle goes a long way in establishing a healthy immune system.’1
Researches are continually exploring the ideas of the effects of diet, exercise, psychological stress and exercise and the role it plays in the health of the immune system.


The diet greatly effects immune system.  Dietary factors such as a high intake of sugars, a low nutritional intake. A dietary intake of whole foods consisting of the important nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, will enhance the immune function.

Adopt healthy living strategies

Your first line of defence in building a healthy immune system is to choose a healthy lifestyle.  By doing this, you are providing yourself with the best opportunity toward keeping your immune system healthy and strong.  These guidelines are as follows:
  • Do not smoke;
  • Eat a diet that includes a range of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, poultry, fish, meat;
  • Exercise regularly;
  • Maintain a good level of vitamin D;
  • Maintain a healthy weight;
  • Control your blood pressure;
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation;
  • Get adequate sleep.

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