Do you ever feel like you constantly have some sort of sniffle, cough, or sneeze going on? Does it feel like you are always under the weather? Are you dragging a little more than usual, no matter how many cups of coffee or bottles of energy drinks you consume? If this sounds like you, then chances are, your immune system is not up to snuff. Like anything else in life, we tend not to pay much attention to the things we need until they stop working properly. Our immune systems are no different. We take for granted that they will defend us against every icky germ, virus, or bacteria that cross our paths. If we want our immune systems to kick butt, we have to do our part to help keep them in fighting shape.
We all know that we have an immune system, right? If you ever sat through a health class in school, you (hopefully) learned all about yours. But knowing you have one and understanding why it is important are two different things. Did you know that most people run into 60,000 germs every day? And that is just the germs. Do not even get us started on the viruses and bacteria that cross our paths. If we think about it too long, it makes us feel a bit…queasy.
When your immune system is healthy, it takes one look at those viruses and bacteria and slams the door in their germy little faces. There are several components to our immune systems that work together to keep us safe.
Your immune system knows when it is not working well and will send out an S.O.S. Those warning signs often go ignored because we are unaware of what our body is trying to tell us. If you have any of the following ongoing issues, it’s time to have an honest conversation with your body and take whatever steps are necessary to boost your immunity.
This is going to sound incredibly counter-intuitive, but we are going to say it anyway. Did you know there is such a thing as too clean? As women around the world collectively gasp at this very suggestion, let us explain. Cleaning and disinfecting are necessary for our fight against germs, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Practice good hygiene and clean normally. If you find yourself bleaching every time someone sneezes, you should probably drop that mop and take a “less is better” approach to your cleaning habits.
Figuring out your immune system is in distress is one thing. Knowing how to boost it is another. There are helpful ways you can strengthen your immune system to fight off illness and other diseases. The most important thing you can do is choose to live a healthy lifestyle. This means getting enough exercise and eating a well-balanced diet. There are some other healthy-living tactics you can employ to bolster your immunity:
Ladies and gents, we hate to break it to you, but our immunity gets weaker as we age. Getting older is challenging to say the least. Our bodies go through a lot of changes – some more frustrating than others. Just because aging presents some challenges where our immunity is concerned does not mean we should take defeat lying down.
Since we know our immune systems have to work harder as we age, we must get our acts together now and do the things mentioned in the last section to give ourselves a fighting chance. Get into the habit of healthy living when you are younger, and instill those practices in your children. We may not be able to reverse the aging process, but we can give our bodies all the ammunition they need to maintain health and well-being well into our golden years.
We may not have a lot of control over the functioning of our immune systems, but we can do our best to keep them in optimal condition. Eat right, get plenty of rest, and exercise in moderation. Keeping up with healthy lifestyle habits is the best way to encourage a healthy immune system. Good luck, and stay healthy everyone!
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