How does the immune system work and can you improve its effectiveness? This is a very important question given the current events worldwide over the last few months. Usually, your immune system does a remarkable job of being your first line of defense against illnesses. But sometimes it fails or completely loses its ability to protect you. This is why we have put together some tips and suggestions as to how to boost your immune system in this installment of our Women's Wellness Series.
The human body’s immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defend the body from invading microbes such as bacteria and viruses. What is important to understand is that it is a system...a system that interconnects throughout your body that requires balance and harmony. Think about the multiple systems of a car. A car needs a properly running fuel system, electrical system, and steering system to name a few in order to work. In the human body, the immune system needs a properly functioning cardio-respiratory system, nervous system, and digestive system to name a few. Each of these systems needs to be as strong as possible in order to support the health of the immune system.
Boosting these varied systems requires a CONSISTENT multi-faceted approach to include:
- A healthy diet high in fruits and veggies
- Limit sugar, alcohol, processed foods
- Adequate high-quality sleep
- A well-rounded exercise program that includes heart rate work AND strength training
- Behaviors and/or programs to manage stress and anxiety.
Have questions or need help in boosting your immune system? Our dedicated and informative personal training staff are here to assist you to live your life full of health and vitality. Also, be sure to register for our free ZOOM nutrition webinar that will specially cover how a healthy diet can help to boost your immune system.
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