Our immune systems are the inner clocks of our bodies, constantly ticking away and ensuring our health. They keep sickness at bay and tell us when to give ourselves a break. Sometimes the day-to-day routine of life can run down your mind and body, leaving you susceptible to infection and illness.
Don’t let sickness catch you with your guard down. Here are some of the best ways to boost your immune system and benefit your health.
Your mom was right all those years about getting a full night of rest, and now there’s plenty of science to back her up. One study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information states that sleep encourages and facilitates the production of cells that fight infection, such as T cells and leukocytes. Without adequate rest, infection is much more likely as these cells can deteriorate as your immune system weakens.
Not only does a lack of sleep increase your risk of contracting the common cold, you’re also more likely to suffer from serious diseases later in life when chronically sleep deprived. This doesn’t mean you need to sleep 12 hours each night. Instead, find a balance that works for you and listen to your body.
This is easier said than done, but a crucial part of maintaining health is managing stress. Stress affects every part of the body and when you’re constantly stressed, your body will reap the effects almost instantly. In addition, if you already suffer from a chronic disease, such as asthma or migraines, these conditions will worsen. The body is a like a fine-tuned machine, becoming more susceptible to disease when other systems are failing or weakened.
Studies have shown that spending time in nature, or other less densely populated areas, decreases activity in the region of the brain that triggers stress responses. As you begin to feel stressed, your muscles tighten and release hormones. Some of the effects of constant stress are migraines from strained muscles, and even heart disease after years of this response. Spending even 30 minutes a day to yourself is an investment into your future health.
Watch your diet
An apple a day, as it turns out, does keep the doctor away. Your diet plays a huge part in your immune system’s ability to fight off disease and infection. Fueling your body properly wards off the sniffles and keeps your energized. And the more energized you are, the more likely you are to catch some immunity-boosting sunshine. If you’re looking to supercharge your immune system, here are some foods to stock up on.
- Shiitake mushrooms
- Fruits, like berries, citrus fruits and kiwi
- Vegetables, like spinach, kale, onions and sweet potatoes
Avoid excessive sugar because it weakens immune system cells that fight off infection. If you’re having sugary drinks all day, like soda, this means a constantly depressed immune system.
Texarkana Emergency Center understands that everyone gets run down from time to time. Maintaining your health starts with fortifying your body with good habits, such as getting a good night’s rest and incorporating nutrient rich foods.
As scary as your child being ill or injured can be, our experienced staff is here to provide you with the utmost quality of services to help you and your family. In the case of any medical emergency, Texarkana Emergency Center is there 24/7, 365 to provide compassionate, concierge-level emergency care to all patients.
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