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How to boost your immune system

How to boost your immune system

Our immune system does an exceptional job of defending us against disease-causing microorganisms.

But sometimes our body is overwhelmed by germs that invade and make us sick. 

How can you improve your immune system?

Here are five things you can do right now to improve your immunity naturally.

Get enough sleep

According to the CDC getting enough sleep is important for people of all ages to stay in good health.

We often cut back on our sleep for work, for family demands, or to watch television. But if we aren't getting enough sleep as part of a regular routine, we may be at an increased risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, poor mental health, and even early death.

Limit Alcohol Intake

There is strong evidence that the consumption of alcoholic drinks can cause cancers of the mouth, pharynx, and larynx, esophagus, liver, colorectum, breast,  and stomach.

People who are dependent on alcohol, or have other medical or mental health problems, should stop drinking completely and see a doctor.

Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking tobacco can be both a physical and psychological addiction. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary, addictive high.

Because of nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may turn to cigarettes as a quick and reliable way to relieve stress and unwind.

When an urge to use cigarettes hits, remember that although it may be hard, it will probably pass within five to 10 minutes. Each time you resist a cigarette craving, you're one step closer to stopping for good.

Reduce Stress

There are many methods for managing stress. Yoga, meditation, and exercise are just a few examples of stress-relieving activities that work wonders.

But what about in the heat of the moment such as during a high-pressured job interview?

You can recognize when you’re stressed by listening to your body. Your body lets you know that it is stressed. Get in the habit of paying attention to your body’s clues.

Observe your breath. Pause. Take a few deep breathes and then continue doing what you were doing.

Exercise

Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. Exercise causes a change in antibodies and white blood cells. 

The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing and may help the body fight infection better.

Bonus: Add our Active Immune line to your daily regimen.

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