A strong immune system will help the body’s reaction to prevent disease-causing germs or bacteria from entering our bodies, and here are some simple ways to boost immune system so that our bodies stay fit and not easily infected with disease.
Tips for Boosting the Immune System
Positive thoughts can boost the immune system, experts say. “Happy and positive-minded people have more stable immune systems than those who don’t,” said Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. In his research, people who have positive symptoms have a stronger immune system from seasonal illnesses such as coughs, flu, colds and fevers. People with high positive emotions produce enough cytokines (proteins) to help recruit other immune cells to fight infection, Cohen explains.
By exercising regularly, the body’s metabolism will run well, with an increased metabolic system, the immune system or immune system will also increase. Even in research published in the American Journal of Medicine. Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle studied a comparison of colds in 115 women, some of whom did exercise or physical activity five days a week for 45 minutes, and others did physical activity or exercised once a week for 45 minutes. And research shows women who always exercise regularly 5 times a week for 15 minutes have a better immune system 4 times than those who do physical activity once a week for 45 minutes.
Wash your hands regularly
“Handwashing is the most revolutionary way to stop the spread of infection,” said Dr Pierre Plourde, Health Service Officer with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. The spread or transmission of disease is easy, you only need to make physical contact with a cold or flu sufferer and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth then you will be infected or infected. A 2008 review in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) noted that hand washing was much more effective in reducing disease risk than antiviral drugs. Make sure you wash your hands properly i.e. wash them for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
“Probiotics can promote a healthier immune system,” said Dr. Eric Gershwin, head of rheumatology, allergy and clinical immunology at the University of California at Davis. Probiotics are sweeteners from live microorganisms that are added to foods such as yogurt, and are also available in capsule form.
Research shows that eating brightly colored vegetables and fruits boosts immunity better than most supplements. Eating at least eight servings a day helps maintain the immune system.
Ginseng & Vitamin C
The ginseng herb has been shown to help prevent colds when taken shortly after symptoms develop. Some fruits that are rich in vitamin C have high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential.
A study in Finland found that people with low vitamin D intake were one and a half times more likely to have a respiratory illness than those with adequate vitamin D intake. Likewise, researchers at Winthrop-University Hospital in New York who examined the effects of supplementation vitamin D (up to 2,000 IU per day) on bone mineral density in African-American women determined that recipients in the non-placebo group reported three times more resistance from flu symptoms than those who took the placebo. (Health Canada recommends 200 IU per day for people under the age of 50, and 400 IU for people over 50.)
Even though the annual flu vaccination is only about 80 percent effective, it’s still one of the best defenses we have, said Dr Pierre Plourde, health medic with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Some worry that because the flu vaccine contains multiple strains of influenza in one shot, it can really tax the system—but don’t worry about immunity. “Your immune system has a phenomenal capacity,” he says. Up to eight million Canadians are infected by the flu each year, resulting in an average of 20,000 hospitalizations and 4,000 deaths (often the elderly and the very young). The benefits of shooting, says Plourde, far outweigh the risks.