Do you want to live forever? Unfortunately, so far you can’t. Although, there is something that you can do. You can assist your immune system maintain a positive balance. A healthy lifestyle will prevent many health complications. I see a lot of advertisements for products which, “Boost your immune system”! Sounds promising, but is it really? When we say the two words together, Immune System, we often forget to take in to count of the word System. Immune system is not one entity but is a complex network of cells. Yes, there are supplements which can boost certain energy cells in the body. Most athletes take these supplements to increase energy and endurance for their performance. Though this “boosting” method isn’t healthy. The boosting supplements are creating an imbalance in your immune system, increasing a type of cell which can create more health issues. Remember, too much of something is never good and therefore we just have to focus on just right! Balance is the key.
What you are doing wrong…
Why aren’t you drinking water? Water is very important for a healthy immune system. You need to stay hydrated with about 8 glasses a day. When you drink water it cleanses and maintains a flow in your system. It flushes toxins from the blood and it allows the Kidney to remove toxins from the body. We don’t like toxins therefore we don’t want it to build up. But if you are that person who thinks, ah, tomorrow is another day, then you are doing something horrible, my friend!
Your cells need to breathe too! Water pumps oxygen and nutrients into your blood and the blood carries the oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the immune system. Water produces Lymph. Without Lymph’s your white blood cells and other cells cannot travel from the thymus and the bone marrow to other parts of your body to fight diseases. Water also keep your eyes and mouth moist. This helps to keep off dirt, parasite and infection.
Change your perception to avoid Stress…
Chronic stress weakens your immune system. Stress increases blood pressure along with cortisol and corticosteroids floating in the blood. If these hormones stick around for a long time then the result may turn out in physical and mental injury. Stress can lead to anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation and also heart diseases and digestive problems. If cortisol is present in your blood for a long time, your body develops a resistance towards it. This isn’t good! It confuses as a good substance. Your body starts creating cytokines which can lead to chronic inflammatory and Autoimmune conditions. This means your body confuses itself as a risk and attacks itself which leads to several problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
I know it’s not pleasant for everyone but do you want to live a day or two or what?! When you exercise the cells in your body, yes the White Blood Cells, move much more rapidly. The rapid circulation helps the cells travel faster to detect and kill both viruses and bacteria. There is also a rise in your temperature when you exercise which helps slow down the growth of bacteria. Plus, no doubt it’s a stress reliever! And what did we read in the last paragraph? We don’t need stress!
I know some of you are in denial and would not like read this part but smoking is killing your immune system. The Carbon-monoxide you are putting in your blood stream is diminishing the oxygen in your cells. Your lungs irritated, clogged with mucus, creating less air way which means less oxygen for your brain. Smoking destroys antibodies in the blood stream. Since smokers don’t have a lot of antibodies in them they are more prone to infections and other health problems. Antioxidants help fight cancer cells but as a smoker you are destroying antioxidants in you such as Vitamin C.
Eat your greens! No, no on that Vitamin E supplement, it’s bad for you! Stop being lazy for once! Wake up in the morning and make yourself one of those organic green juices. I know your exact thoughts. These juice may look sickening, they may look tasteless and rotten but trust me they are not! You don’t need a juicer! Just grab a blender and dump all the veggies you can find in the grocery store. I make mine with broccoli, spinach, carrot, kale, celery, orange, and blueberry. Here is a life hack for you, blueberry does the trick when it comes to taste!
Go for the following Antioxidant food,
Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon
Vitamin C: berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red, green, or yellow peppers
Vitamin E: broccoli (boiled), avocado, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach (boiled), and sunflower seeds
Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, some fortified cereals (check the ingredients to see if zinc has been added), and dairy products
Selenium: Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products
Let’s not forget: prunes, apple, raisin, plums, red grapes, alfalfa sprouts, onions, eggplant, beans
Come one, these are easy accessible food you can make many dishes with. I know in today’s day and age we have little to know time to cook. But we need to make time for our health.