Do you remember being a little child sitting at the table listening to your mother expound the virtues of those nasty green things on your plate? Most children have an aversion to vegetables, for some unknown reason, but they really are good for you. As usual, mother knows best.
However, those veggies aren’t the only thing keeping you healthy and as medical science advances, it is becoming increasingly evident that there are four key elements to building a strong immune system. In addition to staying current on vaccinations that provide antibodies known to prevent potentially lethal diseases, it is important to help your body naturally counteract the onset of disease. Here are those four key elements.
Of extreme importance is your diet. It is vitally important to eat vitamin and mineral rich foods that are also low in saturated fats and refined sugar. It is equally important to eat foods high in fibre to keep the body cleansed of toxins which are removed as part of the digestive process. A healthy diet enables your body to build its own defences, enabling you to ward of a great number of bacterial and viral infections.
There has been so much attention given to exercise for its heart healthy benefits that few people really understand how important exercise is to building immunity. It is suggested that you exercise at least 3 to 4 times weekly for at least a half hour each time. Cardio workouts are great but actually, any exercise that you can undertake for your level of fitness is fine as well. What you may not know is that the body can naturally increase the production of antibodies by up to 300% with regular exercise. Discovery Health also says that exercise can also increase the production of T-cells that are a vital natural defence against bacteria and viruses.
It is a well-known fact that our bodies require a certain amount of rest to regenerate after a long, wakeful day. This is where the metabolic process of growth takes place and where healing is known to accelerate. A tired, worn-out body is unable to naturally produce disease-fighting antibodies so get plenty of rest if you want to stay healthy.
4) Stress Reduction
And last, but in no way least, reduce the amount of stress in your life. Stress is known to be directly related to a number of life-threating issues such as heart attacks and has even been linked to a greater likelihood for the onset of certain cancers. Yes, nutrition, exercise and rest are important but one super stressful day can negate all the good you are doing in those areas.
Oddly, we never seem to ‘get it’ that there are things we can do naturally to stay strong and healthy. Bear in mind that supplements can never take the place of a healthy diet and tranquilisers cannot take the place of stress-free living. The bottom line is, if you want to stay healthy it is up to you to live by these four elements and get vaccinated as needed, on time.